Senior Planner

Lancaster County SC Government
Lancaster, South Carolina

Under general supervision, provides various land use services for the County and its municipalities. Performs a variety of planning and technical duties preparing professional analysis and recommendations on planning and development issues for the Planning Commission and County Council. Researches, prepares and presents graphic and narrative reports for study and use by County leaders. Provides technical assistance to the general public, private agencies, property owners, developers, public officials, and other related agencies concerning land use planning. Reports to the Planning Director.

  • Performs advanced professional work related to variety of planning assignments.
  • Interprets and implements the County Unified Development ordinance.
  • Provides technical assistance to the general public, private agencies, property owners, developers, public officials, and other related agencies concerning land use planning; assists visitors with filing of variance, rezoning, text amendment, and administrative appeals applications.
  • Prepares and presents planning reports to Planning Commission, and Council.
  • Reviews and works to perform duties in compliance with the Lancaster County Comprehensive Plan.
  • Receives, reviews, prepares and processes various records and reports to include rezoning applications, conditional use applications, variance applications, plats, subdivision plans, Planning Commission agenda, real property inquiries, sketches, maps, etc.
  • Interacts and communicates with a variety of groups and individuals to include co-workers, immediate supervisor, other departmental personnel and supervisory staff, neighborhood groups, property owners, realtors, developers, public officials, attorneys, surveyors, etc.
  • Attends a number of evening meetings
  • Conducts site visits to various locations where an application has been filed to gather information utilized in preparing a recommendation and report and to be able to answer questions about the site and the surrounding area during the public hearing to the members of the Planning Commission, County and/or City Council, and the general public.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Job Requirements


  • Advanced knowledge of the philosophies, principles, practices and techniques of planning.
  • Well-developed knowledge of one or more planning disciplines, such as urban design, affordable housing, policy, environmental planning, economic development or land use.
  • Knowledge and experience in construction processes.
  • Knowledge of effective writing techniques.
  • Recent developments, current literature and sources of information related to municipal planning and administration.
  • Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes and regulations.
  • GIS and mapmaking


  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
  • Excellent interpersonal skills for facilitating relationships with elected/appointed officials or other decision-makers.
  • Creative problem-solving skills to gather relevant information to solve less well-defined planning problems.
  • Ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously.
  • Ability to manage projects effectively and meet firm deadlines.
  • Analyze site design, circulation, land use compatibility, utilities and other services.
  • Analyze and develop policies related to land use and community development.
  • Interpret and apply pertinent laws, rules and regulations.

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

  • Three years of responsible professional urban or regional planning experience.\
  • A Bachelor’s degree from a college or university with major course work in planning, public administration or a related field.

Salary & Benefits
State Employee Benefits (Retirement & Insurance)

How to Apply

Apply Online

101 North Main St Lancaster, SC 29720
(803) 416-9423