Knowledgebase-City Planner


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Title:City Planner
Summary:Job description for the position of City Planner.
Original Author:MTAS
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Product Create Date:09/24/2002
Last Reviewed on::05/03/2017
Subject:Personnel--Classification; Planning
Type:Job Description
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Text of Document: Purpose of Job

The purpose of this job is to provide professional plannin0g expertise and guidance for the City's future orderly growth and development. Duties and responsibilities include conducting site plan/plat reviews; reviewing documentation for compliance with ordinances; making recommendations, interpreting ordinances; drafting amendments to ordinances; providing information to public; administering/maintaining computer system.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

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.

Coordinates and conducts site plan/plat reviews for conformance with City codes and sound planning practices.

Receives drawings, site plans, applications, and related documentation; distributes and coordinates reviews for compliance with ordinances.

Develops recommendations on planning/development issues; presents/forwards to applicable Boards; issues permits as appropriate.

Interprets regulations (e.g., zoning ordinances, subdivision regulations, municipal codes, state statutes, federal acts).

Assists with code enforcement activities, to include preparing letters, handling complaints, initiating phone calls, or performing field research.

Designs, develops, administers and maintains the City's Geographic Information System and other equipment; performs data management functions; prepares/coordinates system procedures and standards; generates computer reports.

Attends meetings; prepares/makes presentations; sets up meetings.
Receives monetary payment of filing fees; issues receipts; forwards as appropriate.
Prepares preliminary documentation to update/amend or develop new regulations; writes ordinances and forwards as appropriate.

Prepares and/or generates and copies correspondence, letters, memoranda, forms, reports, charts/graphs and other documents via computer and/or typewriter.

Copies and distributes correspondence, memoranda, reports and other related materials.

Prepares departmental files; maintains file system of departmental records.

Responds to requests for information from officials, employees, members of the staff, the public or other individuals.

Answers the telephone; provides information; takes and relays messages and/or directs calls to appropriate personnel; returns calls as necessary; initiates problem resolution.

Meets with visitors, ascertains nature of business, solves problems and/or directs visitors to appropriate person.

Uses knowledge of various software programs to operate a computer in an effective and efficient manner.

Additional Job Functions

Performs other duties as required.

Minimum Training and Experience Required to Perform Essential Job Functions

Bachelor's Degree in Urban Planning, Civil Engineering or related field required, with three to five years of technical and administrative experience involving municipal engineering, planning and building regulations (or related); or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job. May require a valid Driver's License.
(ADA) Minimum Qualifications or Standards Required to Perform Essential Job Functions

Physical Requirements: Must be physically able to operate a variety of automated machines and tools which includes a motor vehicle, computer, printer, typewriter, facsimile machine, copy machine, calculator, telephone, blueprint copier, drafting tools, engineer/architect scales, planimeter, etc. Must be able to use body members to work, move or carry objects or materials. Must be able to exert up to twenty pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to ten pounds of force frequently. Physical demand requirements are at levels of those for sedentary work.

Data Conception: Requires the ability to compare and or judge the readily observable functional, technical, structural, or compositional characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people, or things.

Interpersonal Communication: Requires the ability of speaking and/or signaling people to convey or exchange administrative/technical/engineering information. Includes giving assignments and/or directions to co-workers or assistants.

Language Ability: Requires the ability to read and comprehend a variety of informational documentation, professional jargon, directions, instructions, and methods and procedures related to the job of City Planner. Requires the ability to write reports using professional planning knowledge with proper format, punctuation, spelling and grammar, using all parts of speech. Requires the ability to speak with and before others with poise, voice control, and confidence using correct English and a well-modulated voice.