In working to put communities and citizens first, the City of Charlotte’s Department of Planning, Design, and Development is committed to creating great places. The Department of Planning, Design, and Development is chiefly responsible for collaborating with community partners, guiding growth, sustaining the natural environment while also designing vibrant and inclusive avenues for citizen enjoyment.
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The Land Development Division of the Planning, Design, & Development Department is seeking a Planner with moderate zoning experience who will review Land Development proposals within the City for compliance with the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) and Legacy Zoning Ordinance. Work performed is technical and detail oriented, requiring the comprehensive understanding and application of zoning regulations and adopted streetscape plans to proposed land development projects.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
- Comprehend technical code regulations and problem solve complicated planning and zoning related matters
- Provide detailed zoning review comments on Land Development and building permit submittals
- Manage multiple permit submittals at a time, maintaining assigned review deadlines in City and County review systems
- Work in partnership with design professionals to address zoning review comments, with the goal of achieving compliance with zoning regulations
- Coordinate frequently with other City Planning and Land Development staff on project proposals including but not limited to conditional rezoning petitions, Legacy Zoning Ordinance and UDO text amendments, variances and appeals, overlay districts, and Land Development reviews
- Communicate with a variety of individuals or teams ranging in audience from the general public, design professionals, attorneys, developers, and more concerning zoning related regulations, issues, questions, and concerns
- Provide excellent and efficient customer service through phone calls, e-mails, virtual and in-office meetings, appointments, and walk-in customers
- Engage and participate in meetings with Zoning staff, Land Development staff, Planning, Design, & Development staff, and other City departments and legislative bodies
- Complete and participate in other duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Excellent communication and customer service skills, including the ability to effectively communicate graphically, verbally, and in writing, tailored to the appropriate audience
- Knowledge and comprehension of civil site design and architectural principles and practices
- Basic ability to read and review civil site plans, surveys, landscape plans, architectural elevations, and subdivision plats
- Ability to both comprehend and convey in an easy-to-understand fashion technical ordinance regulations and legal requirements related to zoning and development
- Knowledge of planning and land development principles and practices related to regulatory services
- Ability to work collaboratively in multidisciplinary Planning and Land Development teams to achieve positive impacts on the community through regulatory review processes
- Possess analytical skills applicable to Planning, zoning, and regulatory projects and initiatives
- Effective time management and prioritization skills in maintaining project review schedules and deadlines while coordinating multiple projects at a time
- Ability to perform effectively and efficiently with a moderate level of supervision
- AICP, CZO, or other certifications desirable
- At least three years or more of relevant work experience
- Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Geography, or related degree
- At least two years of relevant planning and/or zoning related work experience with ability comprehend technical code regulations and problem solve complicated zoning related matters
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
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