Senior Planner

$57,815 yearly
  • ACCGov
  • 120 W Dougherty St, Athens, GA, USA
  • Apr 27, 2021
Full time Planning

Job Description

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The purpose of this job is to act as the lead development review staffer on planning issues for the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government and provide coordination and supervision for technical staff. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, preparing studies and reports, preparing and delivering presentations, providing direct coordination for the Comprehensive Planning Division, performing direct coordination for the Athens-Clarke County Plans Review process, performing special studies and projects, and performing additional tasks as assigned.

Minimum Training & Experience Required to Perform Essential Job Functions:

Bachelor's degree in planning, urban/regional planning, public administration, landscape architecture, environmental design, or related discipline with five years of planning or related experience required; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position.
Two years of supervisory experience required.  Internal candidates who do not meet this requirement must complete the ACCgov Supervisory Equivalency.  
Two years' experience in construction or site plan review required.
Must possess a valid driver's license.
Master's Degree preferred. 

The following duties are normal for this job. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.   May be assigned to Comprehensive or Development Services Division.  

Supervises and educates assigned staff; handles employee concerns, directs work assignments and in coordination with the Director, counsels and disciplines employees and completes employee performance appraisals.
Estimates existing population and employment in the community; prepares 20 year projections.
Prepares and maintains the Population Element of the Comprehensive Plan; assists in yearly updates estimates of population and employment down to the census block group level.
Prepares and maintains the Housing and Natural and Historic Resources Elements of the Comprehensive Plan, including assisting in Parks and Open Space planning.
Prepares, maintains and updates the Land Use, Economic Development and Community Facilities elements of the Comprehensive Plan; duties include preparing special area studies, recommendations, and preparing economic base, infrastructure and utilities studies.
Prepares special reports on topics such as the spatial location of new development and the amount of acreage of vacant land undergoing urbanization (by land use), and Parks and Open Space planning and redistricting.
Prepares Requests for Proposals (RFP's); coordinates projects with consultants.
Responds to requests for information on demographic data including census information; acts as the Department's liaison with the Census Bureau.
Prepares agenda items for the Department on pertinent matters; coordinates their submission to the Government.
Evaluates Developments of Regional Impact (DRI's) and coordinates the Unified Government's response to the State of Georgia.
Prepares, submits and reviews the division's budget and assists with preparing the department's budget; ensures compliance with both.
Coordinates projects with other departments of the Unified Government and with local, state and federal agencies as needed; ensures that departmental reviews are completed in a timely and effective manner.
Prepares Sector/Neighborhood plans for areas in the community including neighborhood land use updates, with support from other staff.
Coordinates with the Department of Human and Economic Development (HED) on planning activities in economically distressed areas in the community.
Maintains a comprehensive and current knowledge and awareness of applicable laws/regulations; appears in court as needed to justify recommendations.
Prepares and conducts presentations to the public, the governing body and other applicable organizations and groups; effectively communicating in potentially unstable environments/situations.
Provides instruction and direction to the general public and department visitors; receives, responds to or forwards departmental, governmental or public correspondence by phone, mail, message, etc.
Attends various training workshops, conferences, and committee and public meetings that may require meeting at night or overnight traveling; records minutes of meetings as assigned.
Provides oversight and supervision for the Metropolitan Planning Organization's transportation and transit planning personnel.
Evaluates and analyzes zoning, subdivision and building permit data; originates summary reports on important trends reflected in this analysis and its potential impact on the Comprehensive Plan.
Evaluates the draft plans of Unified Government line departments and works with them to ensure their consistency with the adopted Comprehensive Plan; incorporates changes in the plans into the Comprehensive Plan.
Identifies important GIS maps and databases needed to support comprehensive planning efforts in cooperation with the GIS/Graphics Division. Assists in the development and maintenance of a thorough database of pertinent information to support the Planning Department's Planning Data Services function, including the reviewing, classifying and evaluation of data.
Reviews and summarizes market conditions in the multi-family and office economic sectors, including typical vacancy rates and prices for apartments, office space, etc.
Coordinates the Review Process including Plan Review, Subdivision Review, Variances to Development Regulations, Appeals of Interpretation, and Planning Development Concept Review.
Researches and prepares amendments and updates to land development regulations including zoning and subdivision regulations.
Performs other related duties as required.

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