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UDO Transportation Planner #2304-232800-01

Date Opened
Monday, May 22, 2023 5:00 PM
Close Date
Saturday, June 03, 2023 11:59 PM
Charlotte Area Transit
  • $69,404 - $78,079/year


The City of Charlotte is the largest municipality in North Carolina and the 17th largest city in the United States, with a total population of more than 872,498 citizens. A major commerce center, Charlotte hosts several of the nation’s largest banks and technology companies.

Also known as the Queen City, Charlotte is home to the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. We work hard to ensure that the community will be a winning city for everyone – a truly remarkable place to live, work, learn and play. Join us in helping to keep our City thriving, ensuring upward mobility and advancement in the workplace.


The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) is seeking a Transportation Planner II to be responsible for supporting and implementing the Unified Development Ordinance requirements related to transit and advancing organizational goals related to transit and land use integration.  This involves professional technical planning work and strong project management skills to be utilized in the development of rapid transit projects, transit facilities, and transit programs and services. Work entails planning for future rapid transit services and multi-modal facilities and may specifically include responsibility in one or more of the following areas:  land development and zoning plan reviews; transit planning, transit-oriented development/joint development; and advancement of capital projects. Work requires the application of the principles and practices of transportation planning and land use planning to specific assignments.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinates with Land Development, including the Charlotte Department of Transportation, and Charlotte Mecklenburg Planning Department on land development plan review and corridor reservation.
  • Acts as primary land development liaison with CATS, and other departments and divisions
  • Plans and establishes deadlines to assure timely completion of projects.
  • Works with private developers on coordination between City capital projects and property development through construction.
  • Coordinates CATS planning activities with other City capital projects.
  • Prepares materials for presentations to citizen groups, technical groups, and others as required.
  • Assists in the preparation of visual aids and maps.
  • Directs and reviews consultant work products.
  • Assists and participates in meetings with citizens, businesses, and property owners affected by the proposed project.
  • Participates in the coordination of planning activities with local government jurisdictions, other public agencies, and consultants.
  • Serves as the CATS Liaison on planning activities with regard to specific capital projects.
  • Represents the Transit Department in meetings with the public and consultants.
  • Directs the efforts of public information specialists responsible for public outreach efforts.
  • Responsible for monitoring contracts, completing follow-ups with contractors, and ensuring adherence to state and federal requirements.
  • Develops and makes presentations to the public and elected officials as needed to gain consensus and advance the project.
  • Documents input from the public in response to public meetings.
  • Performs other duties as directed/assigned.
  • As part of your responsibility to support the CATS Safety Culture, report safety concerns and issues through the various methods established by CATS as outlined in the ASP.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge of transportation/transit planning principles and practices
  • Knowledge and understanding of transit/land use relationships
  • Ability to work on various projects simultaneously under strict timelines
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the general public
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a team member
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent public presentation skills
  • Computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Preferred Qualification

Exposure to rapid transit planning, land use planning, community involvement, and project management is highly desired. AICP, AIA, PMP or closely aligned certification preferred. 

Minimum Qualifications

Requires a Bachelor’s degree earned from an accredited college or university with major coursework in planning, urban design, architecture, engineering, or related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Requires three (3) years of experience in public transit / transportation planning or related field.

Conditions of Employment

The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.

Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.

Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.

The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How To Apply

Apply online.

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The City of Charlotte provides a comprehensive benefits package to all employees.

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The City of Charlotte is a drug and alcohol-free workplace.

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