- Nature of Work, Essential Functions & KSA's
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Under the administrative direction of the Planning & Development Director and under the immediate direction of the Planning & Zoning Administrator, manage development activity (zoning and subdivision) to promote diversification of the housing base, ensure all new development fulfills City requirement and manage strategic planning processes and updates to the Comprehensive Plan.
- Performs technical planning functions including, research, review, analysis, presentation and coordination of rezoning, annexation, general plan amendment, development, use permit, variance and related applications.
- Responsible for day-to-day zoning and subdivision process including staffing the one-stop-shop counter.
- Monitors compliance by residential and other developers of all Code and negotiated requirements, including the payment of transportation fees, infrastructure improvements, parkland dedications, in-lieu fee payments, etc.
- Coordinates and monitors development process, including data input in related development databases and assists with setting board/commission agendas.
- Prepares, monitors, and administers private, local, state, and federal grant programs including Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) as well as researches new grant opportunities in both the public and private realms.
- Prepares strategic plans and area plans including managing outside consultant services contracts, conducting neighborhood engagement activities, analyzing data and research, authoring documents, making presentations, ensuring elected and appointed official involvement, and related planning activities
- Strong communication skills in order to effectively interact with peers, supervisors, other agencies, property owners, developers, builders, consultants, and the general public in a tactful, courteous and professional manner.
- Skill in identifying collaborative solutions in working with various stakeholders.
- Skill in using tact, discretion, initiative and independent judgment within established guidelines.
- Researching, compiling and summarizing a variety of informational and statistical data and materials.
- Technical analysis skills in zoning and plan preparation including public engagement activities.
- Knowledge of the principals and practices of planning, residential development, development regulations, site and subdivision design, non-traditional development concepts, and design review.
- Knowledge of grant writing, management and monitoring including experience with State of Ohio and federal grant procedures and processes
- Knowledge of development processes and development management procedures
- Database/information management
- Knowledge of planning and zoning, economic development and related principles, methodologies, processes and practices.
- Knowledge of City master plan, strategic plans, and development documents, philosophy, processes and goals.
- Knowledge of City codes regulating development review and design standards, including public review and hearing processes.
- Knowledge of urban planning research methodology, including field inspections, computer and electronic searches, archive and file searches, personal interviews and related research methods.
- Knowledge of the principles and practices of development design and engineering, including architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, site design and development, traffic engineering and impacts and land use compatibility.
- Knowledge of computer software and applications related to land use and planning and development procedures.
- Ability to effectively write, manage, and monitor state and federal grants processes.
- Ability to work within a focused team environment with active communication, collaboration and direction.
- Ability to review and analyze subdivision plats and development plans, technical specifications and calculations to determine compliance with all applicable City standards, design criteria, codes, regulations, ordinances, and policies.
- Ability to analyze applications and apply relevant regulatory ordinance and codes.
- Ability to effectively analyze unforeseen conditions, conflicts, situations, and development problems and determine sound acceptable solutions and necessary action to be implemented to resolve such situations.
- Ability to author, read and interpret city master plans, strategic/area plans, regulatory cods, technical and operational documents, reports, research material and information, blueprints and maps.
- Ability to promote professional, ethical and firm yet courteous service of the high test standard.
- Ability to effectively plan, organize, schedule and prioritize work assignments and tasks.
- Ability to work outdoors in adverse weather conditions.
- Ability to comprehend and follow written and oral instructions.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, governmental officials and the general public.
- Ability to perform mathematical calculations related to plan review.
- Ability to communicate effectively, both in oral and written form and to prepare and present effective public presentations.
- Illustrative Examples of Work / Physical Requirements & Working Conditions
ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLES OF WORK
- Reviews residential single-family subdivision plats and multi-family development plans and other development plans, as assigned, to ensure compliance with City planning, zoning, and subdivision standards, design criteria, specifications, regulations, codes, and ordinances; prepares related staff reports; and presents residential projects and other projects as assigned at Planning Commission, City Council, and other meetings as directed
- Assists building inspectors in reviewing and ensuring that applicable subdivision plat or zoning architectural requirements are met, including review of residential and other building permits.
- Coordinates application review process with affected parties, including applicant, property owner, planning staff, architects and engineers, city regulatory and review bodies and the public.
- Maintains good working relationships with residential and other developers; serves as liaison with city.
- Answers inquiries from and provides assistance to the public, by telephone and in person, regarding development and zoning projects and current city codes.
- Promotes City to custom builders and serves as liaison/ombudsman function with this segment of builders.
- Meets with residents and neighborhood organizations regarding new or existing residential development projects as directed.
- Maintains and utilizes geographic information system resources, the city's permit processing software (Cityworks), and other information technologies.
- Maintains planning documents, planning and development codes and related regulations for research, documentation and public access.
- Updates the Comprehensive Plan including consultant management and public engagement activities, presentations, and formal adoption processes.
- Attends community meetings, day and evening as required; prepares and presents oral and written reports, as requested, to regulatory and hearing bodies, including planning staff findings and recommendations.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING CONDITIONS
- The primary duties of this position are performed in a public office building environment with some activities being performed outdoors and under adverse weather conditions.
- Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to discern verbal instructions, use a telephone and communicate effectively with others over the telephone or in person.
- Sufficient visual acuity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to comprehend written work instructions and review, evaluate and prepare a variety of written material, technical documents, blueprints and plans.
- Sufficient manual dexterity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to operate standard office equipment and computer systems.
- Sufficient body flexibility and personal mobility, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to work in an office setting and conduct field inspections, as required.
- Training, Experience, and Qualifications
- Bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning or related field is required. A Master degree is preferred.
- Two (2) years of professional experience as a public planner. One (1) year of experience may be substituted by graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s degree in urban and regional planning or related field.
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Office products, Arc GIS, and permit processing software (Cityworks) or ability to learn is expected.
- Must possess and maintain a valid Ohio driver's license.
- Must be honest, dependable and trustworthy and pass a background check and drug screen.
- Supplemental Information / Special Requirements
This position is part of the Management Pay Plan. Details about the compensation and benefits for this position can be found in the agreement by clicking here.
The class specification which appears above is intended to be sufficient merely to identify the class and be illustrative of the kinds of duties that may be assigned to the position allocated to the class and should not be interpreted to describe all of the duties which may be required of employees holding a position assigned to this class.
The City of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act (ADAAA), the City of Delaware will provide reasonable accommodations, upon reasonable request, to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.