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Planning Director

Updated: Nov 26

Salary: Hire in Rate: $48,680.28

4% Increase after 6 months probation: $ 50,627.49

Posted: 09/25/2023

Opened Until Filled

General Statement of Duties Performs responsible administrative and professional work in the activities of the planning and zoning functions. Distinguishing Features of the Class An employee in this class manages all current and long-range community planning work for the county. Work involves managing development of, developing and administering comprehensive plan, Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) and zoning, subdivision, and other ordinances; serving as technical advisor to the County Commissioners, Planning Board; Board of Adjustment and Agricultural Preservation Committee; and communicating with the public about county planning projects. Work also includes establishing and maintaining data bases and maps for use in planning processes and decisions. Frequent personal contact is involved with county, state and federal officials concerning proposals for establishing or revising ordinances and plans governing planning activities in the county. Significant time is spent responding to citizen request for information. Work requires the application of considerable professional and technical knowledge as well as the ability to formulate programs and direct progress. The worker is subject to indoor and outdoor environmental conditions. Duties are performed under the administrative direction of the County Manager and under the technical direction of the County Planning Board. Duties and Responsibilities Essential Duties and Tasks Assists property owners, residents and developers with ordinance interpretation, regulatory application, and various application processes; explains development processes and requirements. Coordinates with building inspections and environmental health other County departments regarding development issues. Prepares development ordinances and assists the Planning Board and County Commissioners in applying comprehensive plan, UDO and other plans; prepares and presents oral and written reports, including special maps, charts and graphics, to assist officials in determinations. Serves as staff advisor and support for the Board of Adjustment, Agricultural Preservation Committee and Planning Board; advertises meetings; posts property and notifies the public as required; establishes meeting agendas, analyzes request, conducts site inspections, and recommends appropriates actions; works with County Attorney as needed. Performs enforcement of zoning and nuisance codes, noise ordinance, solid waste ordinance, UDO, and other land regulations to ensure compliance with regulations and ordinances; takes photographs; investigates complaints and works to mitigate noncompliance; performs annual inspections of outdoor storage facilities, shooting ranges and other businesses as required. Develops, maintains and administers the High Impact Development ordinance; researches and recommends special uses. Oversees updates to the comprehensive plan and UDO by contracted consultants as needed; develops minor changes in-house. Establishes and maintains data bases and maps utilizing GIS to assist with planning and zoning decisions, evaluations and administration; coordinates with GIS contractors and tax office as needed. Develops office procedures, updates and modernizes office procedures, policies, forms, applications, etc. Prepares and monitors departmental budget; processes purchases orders. Prepares newspaper and radio releases concerning planning projects; coordinates county planning activities with those of other local, state, and federal departments; serves on various related task forces. Addition Job Duties Performs related work as required.

Recruitment and Selection Guidelines

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of local and regional planning as applied to natural resources, population, cultural features, and other economic and social matters.

Thorough knowledge of county, town, state, and federal laws and regional planning and development principles and practices.

Considerable knowledge of the use of GIS, office, presentation, spreadsheet and the application of technology to the work.

Knowledge of subdivision, residential and commercial property development and construction.

Some knowledge of economic development principles and practices.

Skill in collaborative conflict resolution, public speaking, meeting facilitation, teamwork, and customer service excellence.

Ability to interpret and consistently apply laws, ordinances and plans.

Ability to write professional and technical planning reports and papers.

Ability to plan and direct a comprehensive planning program.

Ability to prioritize, manage and organize a variety of planning activities.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with county officials and the general public.

Physical Requirements

Must be able to physically perform basic life functions of reaching, standing, walking, pulling lifting, fingering, grasping, talking, hearing, and repetitive motions.

Must be able to perform sedentary work exerting up to 10 pounds for force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body.

Must have visual acuity to perform the following: site inspection, plan review, preparing and analyzing data and figures, accounting, transcription, computer terminal, extensive reading, and using measurement devices.

Desirable Education and Experience

Requires graduation from an accredited college or university with a four-year degree in planning or a related field, preferably including a master's degree in planning, and considerable experience in professional county, municipal or regional planning; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

Special Requirement

Possession of a valid driver's license.

May require certified flood plain manager.

May require plat review officer certification.

May require certified zoning officer certification.

Prefer American Institute of Certified Planners certification (AICP).

Please submit a Caswell County Application / Resume & Cover Letter to:

Ashley Powell

HR Director

PO Box 98

Yanceyville, NC 27379

Phone: (336) 694-4193 x1210

Fax: (336) 694-1228

[email protected]

Click here to download an application.

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