Planning Manager

Forsyth County Government
Cumming, Georgia

Forsyth County is looking for a Planning Manager to oversee current planning activities. The role of the Planning Manager is to supervise professional planning staff, provide oversight for the land disturbance and subdivision plat application processes and provide administrative support to the Zoning Board of Appeals. This role requires working independently in a highly visible position, advising various boards, and maintaining regular contact with planning-related agencies while managing daily work activities of division staff.

Forsyth County, Georgia, is located 25 miles north of Atlanta with a population over 225,000. The county has been one of the fastest growing counties in the nation and draws new residents through proximity to multiple job centers, an excellent public school system and a strong network of public parks as well as a robust housing market. Forsyth County borders Lake Sidney Lanier and is ideally located between Atlanta and the Blue Ridge mountains of North Georgia, which provides recreational opportunities throughout the year.

Job Summary

  • Supervises current planning functions; oversees review of development applications for compliance with County codes, ordinances, and comprehensive plan.
  • Coordinates daily work activities; organizes, prioritizes, and assigns work; monitors status of work in progress and inspects completed work; confers with assigned staff, assists with complex/problem situations, and provides technical expertise.
  • Supervises, directs, and evaluates assigned staff, processing employee concerns, directing work and completing employee performance appraisals; conducts interviews and makes hiring recommendations; conducts or coordinates training activities.
  • Develops, updates, and implements division policies and procedures; assists in developing, editing, or updating Unified Development Code or other documents.
  • Coordinates interpretation and application of County codes, ordinances and regulations pertaining to land use and site development; researches code-related issues in code books as needed; initiates any actions necessary to correct deviations.
  • Ensures division compliance with all applicable laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures; ensures adherence to established safety procedures; monitors work environment and use of safety equipment to ensure safety of employees and other individuals; initiates any actions necessary to correct deviations or violations.
  • Develops and implements division budget; monitors expenditures to ensure compliance with approved budget; coordinates preparation of grant applications and administration of grant funds.
  • Attends various meetings; participates on various committees and ad hoc committees; presents division documentation and recommendations at meetings.
  • Provides information and technical assistance to citizens, property owners, land developers, contractors, architects, staff members, County officials, or other individuals/agencies regarding planning issues, land use issues, codes/ordinances, plan reviews, land development review procedures, permits, fees, or other issues; responds to routine questions or complaints; researches problems and initiates problem resolution.
  • Communicates with director, employees, other departments, County officials, local/state/federal agencies, property owners, architects, developers, surveyors, attorneys, consultants, utility companies, the public, the media, outside agencies, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, resolve problems, or give/receive advice/direction.
  • Maintains a comprehensive, current knowledge of applicable codes, regulations, and standards; reviews new codes and changes to existing codes; maintains an awareness of new methods, materials, trends and advances in the profession; reads professional literature; maintains professional affiliations; attends seminars, workshops, and training sessions as appropriate.

Job Requirements

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning, Public Administration, or closely related field; supplemented by six (6) years previous experience and/or training that includes urban planning, local/regional land use, zoning, land development plan review, site plan review, budget administration, supervision, and personal computer operations; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.

Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license.

AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners) certification and Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission Level II (GSWCC) are preferred.

Salary & Benefits
The annual salary range for this position is $61,638.00- $101,702.00 DOQ.

How to Apply

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The anticipated start date for this position will be on or after 01-02-2020.