Senior City Planner

City of Woodstock
Woodstock, Georgia

The City of Woodstock, Georgia is seeking a Senior City Planner. This full-time position provides professional planning and urban design services in the Community Development Department and performs long-range planning activities regarding growth management, transportation planning, downtown development, annexation, and urban design.

  • Provides leadership and direction in the development of long-range plans; gathers, interprets, and prepares data for studies, reports and recommendations; and coordinates planning activities with other departments and agencies as needed.
  • Prepares continuous updates to City maps.
  • Maintains the City’s Comprehensive Plan and performs other long-range planning activities regarding growth management, transportation planning, downtown development, annexation, urban design, etc.
  • Supervises assigned staff including assigning work, training, and evaluating performance.
  • Manages annexation, zoning, and variance functions including research, presentation of findings, exercising persuasive leadership; responds to technical questions and research requests related to previous zoning cases that are now at some stage of litigation.
  • Drafts changes to the Land Development Ordinance and other related ordinances/ regulations for consideration.
  • Assists in direction, development, and implementation of growth management, land use, economic development, utilities, housing, transportation, parks and open space, or other plans and codes to meet the City’s needs and any inter-governmental agreements or requirements.
  • Prepares comprehensive reports, cost estimates, and plans for planning related projects, and City facility/ infrastructure improvements.
  • Oversees City projects; engages in contract negotiations; inspects work; orders materials; authorizes payments; and serves as liaison among contractors, sub-contractors, supervisor, and/or the City Manager.
  • Meets with federal, state, county, and local officials on a regular basis to discuss projects from long-range plans to finalization.
  • Represents the City at conferences, interagency meetings, and other functions.
  • Assists in developing the City-wide Capital Improvement Program associated with the Comprehensive Plan; coordinates meetings with other departments.
  • Serves as a member of various citizen advisory committees, boards, commissions, and staff committees as assigned.
  • Researches and prepares special projects as required including impact analysis studies, data compilation, and program organization.
  • Researches the availability of grants; prepares and submits grant applications; and coordinates the implementation of grant awards.
  • Assists in coordinating City events and promoting tourism.
  • Performs current planning and building and site plan review duties as necessary; meets with developers to review plans and plats for compliance with City’s Land Development Ordinance and zoning codes; and reviews and makes recommendations for approval of preliminary and final plats.
  • Emails correspondence and license/permit approvals.
  • Prepares and resolves resolution forms, zoning certifications, and general correspondence.
  • Attends professional development workshops and conferences to keep abreast of trends and developments in local government planning.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of principles and practices of urban and regional/community planning.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of downtown development and business as well as economic development.
  • Knowledge of statistical and analytical research methods.
  • Knowledge of local government operations with particular reference to City administration, public/private finance, and economics.
  • Skill in interpreting and applying zoning and development regulations.
  • Skill in applying basic mathematics.
  • Skill in communicating, both verbally and in writing.
  • Skill in employing positive public relations methods.
  • Skill in using personal computers and computer software applicable to this position.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with other City employees, business owners/operators, City officials, and with other agencies, groups, and individuals associated with planning issues.
  • Ability to process information, applications, and forms requiring accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Ability to prepare accurate, clear, and concise documents.
  • Ability to develop informative brochures and information packages.
  • Ability to understand complex oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to drive and operate City’s assigned vehicle in an efficient and safe manner.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret complex data and clearly present information, ideas, and recommendations.
  • Ability to make presentations to large and small groups.

Job Requirements

  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in urban planning, public administration, or related field;
  • Four (4) years of related work experience in professional planning; or equivalent combination of education and experience. A Master’s degree in professional planning is preferred.
  • Requires a valid State of Georgia driver’s license or ability to obtain one within one (1) week of employment.
  • Hold (or obtain within required time frames of hire date) American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) credential with the American Planning Association (APA).

Salary & Benefits
Starting Base Pay Rate: $58,410.61 annually, based on experience and qualifications

How to Apply

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Position open until filled.