SUMMARY: Perform moderate/medium-level professional level work in the field of current and/or long-range planning; provide information and assistance to developers, the business community and the public on planning, zoning, subdivisions, annexations and development-related matters as well as on historic preservation, transportation and infrastructure planning and related matters. This position is more experienced and skilled than the entry-level Planner I.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Receives immediate supervision from the Senior Planner or Department Deputy Director or Director. This position has no supervisory responsibilities.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The following duties and responsibilities are illustrative of the primary functions of this position and are not intended to be all inclusive.
Participates in the work of staff responsible for providing long-range planning and development services, including management of planning programs and/or development projects, public communication, and review of development proposal and actions for consistency with the City’s Unified Development Code (UDC), Comprehensive Plan (PlanCheyenne), and other relevant City and regional plans.
Researches and writes technical reports on development review, planning, and/or special projects as assigned, coordinating comments and reviews of other Agencies; prepares and seeks review of reports and staff reports pertaining to planning, zoning or development applications; presents reports to the Planning Commission, Board of Adjustment, Historic Preservation Board, and/or City Council, as required.
Serves as project manager for moderately-complex planning programs, plan implementation projects and/or development applications. Prepares reports, evaluations proposals for compliance with UDC, PlanCheyenne, and other relevant adopted City and regional plans. Communicates those actions effectively to management, Applicants, Plan stakeholders, Boards, Planning Commission, and City Council, as appropriate.
With guidance from supervisors, responds to public or other inquiries relative to planning, development, zoning regulations and ordinances.
Researches and contributes to the writing of planning and zoning regulations, plan documents, subdivision regulations, ordinances, and/or other City codes; assists in the identification of needed changes and updates; researches and prepares changes to regulations and, with guidance from management, circulates these to affected staff members and attorneys for comment; and ensures accuracy of materials as required.
With guidance from management, prepares proposed City resolutions and ordinances; ensures the appropriate review of City resolutions and ordinances with the City Attorney’s office and other affected staff; and ensures that publication deadlines and appropriate public hearing requirements are met for adoption of resolutions and ordinances.
Works with other City staff, as required, when reviewing permit applications and/or researching and preparing technical reports and revisions of City codes and regulations. Develops and delivers presentations.
Prepares grant applications for Department projects, writes and administers grants, and manages the Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund.
Works beyond the assigned work schedule, as required, to complete assigned work and/or to participate in Planning Commission, Board of Adjustment, City Council and/or community meetings, which are typically held after normal work hours.
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Monitors program compliance with laws, rules and regulations related to planning, development and related services.
Maintains awareness of new developments in the field of planning and development; incorporates new ideas and concepts as appropriate into programs and customer service delivery approaches and systems.
Attends conferences, webinars and other training meetings to keep abreast of current trends in the profession.
Represents the Department in a variety of local, county, state and other meetings associated with assigned work tasks.
Conducts site visits, sometimes in inclement weather, and inspects properties for compliance with the UDC; identifies corrective actions for recommendation to management, and effectively communicate those corrective actions to the property owner.
Maintains records and develops reports concerning development projects; maintains records for planning activities; maintains and archives reports and documents; prepares statistical reports as needed.
Delivers work products and services to team members, managers and customers in a timely-fashion and within the work schedule.
Responds to public inquiries in a courteous manner; provide information with the area of assignments; resolve complaints in an efficient and timely manner.
Performs other assignments and projects as required.
QUALIFICATIONS: The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the necessary functions of this position.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of urban planning and development principles and practices and current, comprehensive and transportation planning principles and procedures. Ability to interpret and apply Federal, State and local policies, laws and regulations and read and interpret laws underlying general plans, zoning and land divisions.
Knowledge of word processing, including effective working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and GIS.
Knowledge of current literature, information sources and research techniques in the field of planning and development. Knowledge of statistical, algebraic, or geometric knowledge and ability to apply such knowledge in practical situations.
Skills to clearly interpret planning and zoning programs and codes to the public.
Skills to perform professional level work in current planning including managing annexations, subdivisions, development plans and permits. Ability to review plans and apply provisions of the ordinances and codes to determine compliance with such regulations and to apply regulations to field conditions.
Creative problem-solving skills to gather relevant information to solve vaguely defined practical problems.
Ability to multitask and maintain a course of action to completion.
Ability to create graphic designs, development strategies, and render site plans via sketches and/or computer graphics highly desirable.
Ability to understand and carry out oral and written directions and communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Ability to respond to difficult and sensitive public inquiries and maintain good customer service practices.
Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Required: Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, architecture, community development, public administration, or closely-related field and two to five years of experience.
Preferred: Master’s degree in urban planning, architecture, community development, public administration or closely-related field and two years of experience.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: Possession of an appropriate valid driver’s license. All licenses must be maintained throughout employment.
WORKING ENVIRONMENT: Work closely with others in an office environment utilizing a computer and other office equipment. Must be able to operate personal computer and associated software for data entry and word processing, which may include repetitive motion for up to three hours per day. Irregular work hours and attendance of after-hours meetings.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Work is performed primarily in a standard office environment but does require visits to sites that may require walking, standing on slippery or uneven walking surfaces, and exposure to inclement weather. Work entails considerable reading, drawing, writing, and mathematical reasoning. Must be able to analyze and interpret a variety of data, including statistical and demographic data, standards and specifications, and read and understand maps and plans. Must be able to communicate effectively in English both orally and in written form. Work duties involve making oral presentations to various groups.