Senior Planner

Lancaster, South Carolina County Government (Planning Department)
Lancaster, South Carolina

Lancaster County, South Carolina is one of the fastest growing counties in South Carolina and the Charlotte, NC Metropolitan Area. The County is currently undergoing a transformative process through the ongoing development of a new Comprehensive Plan and Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), which the Senior Planner will have an active role in. The Planning and Zoning Department is seeking a Senior Planner who is adept at working in a dynamic environment that includes both urban and rural planning elements. Working in the Planning and Zoning Department is a collaborative process that requires camaraderie with teammates. Lancaster County is willing to offer a very competitive salary in order to hire the most qualified candidates.

The Senior Planner will perform a variety of advanced professional and technical work towards the advancement of department goals and objectives. Specific duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Leads implementation of key department initiatives
  • Provides technical expertise to outside departments and the public
  • Conducts technical reviews of major commercial and residential development projects and
  • Performs field inspections to gather data relevant to the development review process and assess field conditions
  • Conducts research and prepares reports on land use, housing, and transportation topics
  • Supervises and/or other otherwise mentors junior staff members
  • Explains development review processes to the development community and the public and identifies suggestions for improvement
  • Guides and collaborates with contractors, developers, design professionals, community groups, and citizens
  • Makes presentations before the County Council, Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, and/or community groups
  • Provides ordinance administration and interpretations, and supports the ongoing UDO rewrite project
  • Supports the ongoing Comprehensive Plan project and future implementation

Job Requirements

Typical qualifications for the Senior Planner may include, but are not limited to the following.

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning, Geography, or related field
  • Minimum five-years of experience as a planner
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Suite
  • AICP certification is desirable, but not required
  • Understanding of the principals and practices of current, long range, and transportation planning
  • Ability to manage multiple projects effectively and meet assigned timelines
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment
  • Collaborative mindset and conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to form effective relationships with internal and external customers
  • Effective communication skills: oral, written, and public presentations

Salary & Benefits
$61,320- $90,176 Annually
SC Government employee insurance & retirement benefits

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