Senior Planner

Cherokee County Government
Canton, Georgia


  • Performs advanced professional work related to variety of planning assignments.
  • Manages planning studies, development applications and reviews proposals.
  • Reviews and processes rezoning and variance applications, site plans, subdivision plats.
  • Conducts research and prepares reports on land use, physical, social & economic issues.
  • Coordinates with other County agencies and other local governments to obtain necessary
    information, data and statistics for planning efforts.
  • Provides professional planning assistance to property owners, development interests, general
    public on varied planning or land use projects.
  • Develops plans, studies and analyses as directed by division management.
  • Performs field inspections to gather data relevant to the development review process and/or
    to verify that development projects comply with approved plans.
  • Performs tasks to support ordinance revisions, such as developing improved graphics
    coordinating reference sections.
  • Conducts field visits to study examples of specific planning issues. May utilize a combination
    of photos, written notes and sketches to document the conditions found in the field.
  • Attends meetings with appointed boards and elected officials.
  • Presents reports and other findings to staff, Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals,
    and Board of Commissioners.

Job Requirements

  • Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree
    supplemented by a Master’s degree and a minimum 4 years of experience in Planning or
    Zoning work.
  • Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree in Planning or related field preferred.
  • Supervisory experience of a minimum of 2 years mentoring and managing professional staff
  • Certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Well-developed knowledge of one or more planning disciplines, such as zoning, urban design,
    affordable housing, economic development or land use.
  • Knowledge and experience in land development processes.
  • Knowledge of principles, methodology, practices of research and data collection.
  • Knowledge of computer hardware and software programs, including Microsoft Office, Internet
    applications, Adobe Creative Suite and ARC GIS.
  • Ability to read and interpret zoning text, surveys, maps and plats.
  • Ability to read and interpret a variety of documents ranging from correspondence and policies
    and procedures to technical documents.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills for preparing and presenting planning reports
    and projects.
  • 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.

Salary & Benefits
$54,429.84 – $70,758.79

How to Apply

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