Planner I

Anne Arundel County, MD Annapolis, MD
Position Description Benefits Supplemental Questions

This posting will be used to fill a Full Time, Permanent, Planner I position. It is entry level professional planning work responsible for assisting with current building and zoning, long range planning and development, new subdivisions, proposed land use, land preservation, economic conditions, transportation, critical areas (wetlands, flood plain, coastal zone management, etc.), and zoning (reclassifications, exceptions, variances, waivers, etc.) laws, regulations and ordinances as they affect growth and development within the County (building, development and infastructure).

The Zoning Division is primarily responsible for the processing, review, and presentation of zoning petitions. Staff attends public hearings before the Administrative Hearing Officer and presents and explains the departmental staff report for all Variances, Special Exceptions, Rezonings, and Critical Area Reclassifications. If a decision is appealed to the Board of Appeals, staff continues to be involved in the process by presenting evidence and testimony at the hearing.

This program also prepares draft legislation relative to zoning matters and responds to County Council member's inquiries, reviews certain licenses for compliance with zoning standards, and researches and prepares administrative decisions for the registration of nonconforming uses and twenty-year registered uses.

Duties associated with the Critical Area Program include Critical Area Reclassification Applications, Growth Allocation Applications, Buffer Exemption Map Amendment Applications, and public outreach with staff of the Development Division. Zoning also serves to answer all public inquiries regarding zoning regulations including telephone and email inquiries, zoning verification letters, and walk-in customers.

NATURE AND VARIETY OF WORK

An employee in this class performs a wide variety of planning functions which require application and interpretation of standardized tasks relating to a portion of a study or project such as complex building and zoning Codes both residential and commercial, long range planning and development, new subdivisions, proposed lane use, land preservation, economic conditions, transportation, critical areas (wetlands, flood plain, coastal zone management, etc.), and zoning (reclassifications, exceptions, variances, waivers, etc.) laws, regulations and ordinances as they affect growth and development within the County (building, development and infastructure). Employees carry out routine planning assignments independently and completed work is reviewed by the supervisor or a higher level planner for technical soundness and conformity to assigned project requirements.

Assignments include studies, collection of data, and analysis to be used for written, graphic and oral presentations in both small and large forums of a diversity of individuals who may have divergent views. These studies result in current and future growth and development of County property, land use, and highways. Development within the County includes both residential and commercial aspects.

Examples of Duties and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:(Note: The duties and responsibilities enumerated in this class specification are for the purpose of determining a common set of minimum qualifications and salary level for all positions in this class. They are not intended to include all of the essential functions of all positions in the class.)

Assists with gathering, analyzing, and interpreting data relating to local social, economic, population, housing, industrial development, zoning, and land uses; prepares written reports on various planning matters; reviews and analyzes legislative provisions; prepares revised drafts of laws or regulations.

Assists in conducting special studies of land use, land economics; developing and coordinating development plans, e.g., open space, parks and recreation facilities, shopping centers, office complexes, etc.

Assists in the preparation of graphic materials concerned with planning problems and elements of the comprehensive county plan.

Assembles information and provides assistance to governmental agencies and individual citizens on matters relating to property use regulations and other functions of planning.

Assists with research, planning, and technical analysis for complex planning projects; conducting long range planning studies in such areas as water quality, sign control, community facilities, coastal zone management, environmental protection, and land preservation; collects, tabulates, analyzes, and represents County agencies in attempts to assure consistency in regulations and policies among contiguous jurisdictions; analyzes existing laws and legal provisions offered as models or reflective of experience of other jurisdictions; drafts revisions of laws and regulations.

Assists with residential reviews and processes, commercial and industrial subdivision plans for compliance with regulations and policies; reviews, processes, and approves requests for waivers of subdivision regulations; reviews applications for special permits and licenses.

Assists with modification of developers' plans or suggests revised plan elements to assist developers in project design; holds pre-application conferences and provides guidelines.

Assists with review and development of recommended departmental position on zoning reclassifications, exceptions, variances, zoning enforcement, and draft of administrative decisions.

Assists in the formulation of planning or zoning policy and provides information on planning matters and regulations to the public.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of the principles and practices of planning, zoning, subdivision, and land use.

Knowledge of principles and techniques of socio-economic research.

Knowledge of research methods used in the collection, evaluation, and presentation of planning data.

Knowledge of the literature of the field and of technical resources relevant to planning and related fields.

Skill in planning, organizing, and conducting planning and related studies.

Skill in preparing and presenting findings and recommendations effectively, both oral and written.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, representatives of other agencies and the public.

Minimum Qualifications:A bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university with course work in planning or a closely related field; one (1) or more years of experience in professional planning and zoning work or a related field; and a valid non-commercial Class C motor vehicle operator's license.

NOTE:

The bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university with course work in planning or a closely related field may be substituted with eight (8) years of experience directly related to the zoning, subdivision or permit process.

Supplemental Qualifications:Preference will be given to applicants with the following:

1.) Experience with State and local government codes and environmental regulations.

2.) Experience with with legislative processes.

3.) Experience in legal research.

4.) Ability to succinctly convey ideas and requirements in written (ex: reports, summaries, zoning or legal decisions) and oral (ex: public presentations) format.

5.) Strong customer service experience to include telephone and face to face contact with the public, outside agencies, appointed and elected officials, and co-workers.

6.) Proficiency beyond beginner level in MS Office.

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