Principal Planner

City of Suffolk - Planning and Community Development

Suffolk, VA United States

The Department of Planning and Community Development is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Principal Planner, Comprehensive Planning. This is a full-time professional position, which is primarily responsible for the preparation and implementation of Comprehensive Plan and other long range planning studies.

Under limited supervision, performs technical and professional planning, administration and research work in the Planning Division. Work involves providing information and assisting the general public and departmental employees with issues pertaining to zoning, subdivision, and other land use ordinances. Employee is responsible for assisting the Comprehensive Planning Manager in preparation of long-range planning studies and other studies for orderly growth and development. Work also involves coordinating the preparation of various reports of planning and development activities. Employee is responsible for assisting the Director, Assistant Director and Comprehensive Planning Manager in supervising departmental employees. Employee must exercise initiative and independent judgment in ensuring compliance with land use ordinances and codes, and in completing other assigned tasks. Employee must also exercise tact and courtesy in frequent contact with property owners and the general public. Reports to the Comprehensive Planning Manager or Assistant Director of Planning as designated by the Director of Planning and Community Development.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential job functions satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary job functions herein described. Since every duty associated with this position may not be described herein, employees may be required to perform duties not specifically spelled out in the job description, but which may be reasonably considered to be incidental in the performing of their duties just as though they were actually written out in this job description.

Examples of Duties

  • Principally, assists the Comprehensive Planning Manager on Long Range and Comprehensive Planning initiatives and activities.
  • Chair and direct citizen advisory committees.
  • Coordinates the preparation of various reports of planning and development activities for submission to the Planning Commission, City Council and other elected and appointed officials and decision-makers; prepares various reports associated with special projects and studies conducted by the department, as necessary.
  • Assists the general public and departmental staff with inquiries pertaining to various planning issues including, zoning, subdivision, and other land use ordinances; reviews various applications concerning rezoning, land use, and conditional use permits; conducts application conferences for applicants.
  • Assists with the review of applications for projects located within locally designated historic districts and makes reports to the Historic Landmarks Commission as needed.
  • Assists the Director, Assistant Director and Comprehensive Planning Manager in supervision of the activities of the Planning Department; assigns and reviews work; evaluates employee performance.
  • Assists the Comprehensive Planning Manager in preparation of long-range planning for orderly growth and efficient administration of municipal resources.
  • Administers grants obtained by the Department; ensures compliance with restrictions and regulations, and prepares and submits required reports and other documentation to appropriate agencies.
  • Review rezoning requests and other land use applications as assigned. Prepares comment letters or staff reports after reviews. Makes presentations to Planning Commission.
  • Recommends amendments to ordinances for zoning, subdivision, comprehensive plan, etc.
  • Prepares various reports of planning and development activities for submission to the Planning Commission and the City Council.
  • Develops projections pertaining to future population, employment, traffic, and provision of government services.
  • Represents the City on various regional organizations, committees, boards, and commissions; may maintain staffing for organizations; may prepare reports, correspondence, minutes and agendas.
  • Assists in the development and management of departmental operating and capital budgets.
  • Assists in the administration of grants.
  • Performs other related work as required.

Typical Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Urban/Regional Planning or closely related field; supplemented by a minimum of six (6) years previous experience and/or training that includes urban planning, landscape architecture, supervision, and personal computer operations; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job. Master's degree preferred. American Institute of Certified Planners Certification (AICP) preferred, as well as other certifications that contribute to the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position. Requires a valid driver's license.

Closing Date: 10/25/19 at 12:00 p.m.

Experience Level
Mid II (4-8 years)
AICP Level
Land Use and Development Regulation and Zoning
Salary Range
$67,331.00 - $86,520.00 Annually

Contact Information

City of Suffolk
442 W. Washington Street
Suffolk, VA
United States
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