Planner/Zoning Specialist

$44,355 - $56,552 yearly
  • Town of Carrboro
  • Carrboro town hall
  • Sep 04, 2020
Full time Government

Job Description

General Definition and Conditions of Work

Performs intermediate professional and administrative work interpreting and enforcing the zoning ordinance and town codes and participating in current planning activities; does related work as required. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Development Review Administrator.

This is light work requiring the exertion of up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects; work requires climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, reaching, standing, walking, fingering, and repetitive motions; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word, and conveying detailed or important instructions to others accurately, loudly, or quickly; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels, and to receive detailed information through oral communications and/or to make fine distinctions in sound; visual acuity is required for depth perception, preparing and analyzing written or computer data, visual inspection involving small defects and/or small parts, use of measuring devices, operation of machines, operation of motor vehicles or equipment, determining the accuracy and thoroughness of work, and observing general surroundings and activities; the worker is subject to inside and outside environmental conditions, extreme cold, extreme heat, noise, hazards, and atmospheric conditions.

Essential Functions

Administering and interpreting the zoning ordinance, subdivision regulations and related plans and polices, and town code; reviewing and evaluating land use and building permit applications; advising the public on zoning and development issues; maintaining appropriate records and files; preparing reports.

Reviews and evaluates land use and building permit application materials, subdivision plats and construction plans;

Researches, analyzes and interprets land use data project materials, permits and plans; determines effects of constraints and regulations on development opportunities;

Discusses, explains and interprets zoning regulations and permitted land uses with the public and land developers;

Evaluates permits, plats and plans for accuracy, completeness and compliance with Land Use Ordinance;

Issues zoning permits when application is complete; coordinates permit review and scheduling processes;

Discusses results of evaluations of complex zoning permit applications, special use applications and conditional use applications with Development Review Administrator;

Serves as liaison with department directors, county and State agencies and private consultants during review process;

Compiles and assesses comments and communicates item to applicant;

Responds to inquiries concerning permissible uses, procedures and schedules; interprets applicable ordinances, rules and regulations;

Inspects development projects for compliance with Land Use Ordinance and permit requirements;

Informs party of violation; issues "stop work" orders when necessary;

Provides staff support to the Board of Adjustment, Appearance Commission, and Northern Transition Area Advisory Commission; ensures applications are complete and accurate; prepares staff reports;

Performs related tasks as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities -

Thorough knowledge of ordinances governing zoning and related codes; general knowledge of legal procedures as related to the enforcement of laws and ordinances; thorough knowledge of planning theory and principles; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with property owners, building contractors, government officials and the general public; ability to interpret and enforce ordinances and regulations with firmness, tact and impartiality.

Education and Experience

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban planning, architecture, engineering or related field and considerable experience in zoning enforcement and urban planning.