Senior Planner - Long Range

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Added 09-12-2022


Job Description


Performs complex professional work planning and coordinating multiple Community and Small Area Plans. Reviews site plans throughout each phase of development; serving as project manager and liaison between the Town and others involved.  Ensures everyone has an understanding of the planning processes as they affect the development of the Town. Work is performed under the supervision of the Planning Director or Assistant Planning Director.

This posiition is open until filled with the first review of applicants to occur on September 9th. 


Essential Duties of the Position


The following duties are those considered most essential to the position.  This does not preclude the delegation of other duties considered as necessary by management to successfully complete an assignment or project.


  • Serves as lead project manager on development, maintenance, and implementation of community and small area plans including:  2040 Community Plan, Comprehensive Plan, Downtown, and special projects.
  • Evaluates County and regional planning and development trends.
  • Manages professional services consulting contracts; develops and issues RFQ’s and RFP’s; leads consultant selection process; negotiates and prepares contracts; monitors contract progress, payments, and performance to ensure contract compliance.
  • Provides assistance for grant applications, public hearings and other complex planning projects.
  • Researches and makes recommendations regarding zoning, land use, transportation, community facilities, demographic and economic projections, historic preservation, community appearance, community development, neighborhood planning, downtown revitalization, and other town initiatives.
  • Acts as liaison between staff, supporting committees and consultants and akes appropriate recommendations to enhance outcome. 
  • Communicates information to a variety of audiences including staff, the general public, Planning boards, and the Town Board.
  • Analyzes and coordinates use and distribution of population and housing census data, and related demographic data from other sources. Analyzes historical and geographical context of data to identify important trends. Prepares graphic representations of analyses. 
  • Leads implementation of the goals and policies of the Town’s 2040 Community Plan.
  • Reviews and analyzes Planning Board and Town Board actions related to changes to the Future Development Plan. Researches and evaluates proposed changes to the Community Plan suggested by the public or other town departments. Prepares special studies related to growth and development. 
  • Coordinates with appropriate GIS staff in preparing data for graphic representations and mapping.  
  • Assist in revisions to Town Ordinances and Policies related to approved plans and goals. 
  • Performs other duties as apparent or assigned.


Minimum Required Education and Experience


Thorough knowledge of theory, principles and techniques of planning and growth management, public policy, and land use law. Knowledge of the Town's ordinances and codes; skill in principles and practices of community and economic development and public sector planning; governmental laws, programs, and services pertinent to the community and economic development and planning processes; and, environmental and socioeconomic implications of the planning process; skill in the collection, analysis, and presentation of technical data and planning recommendations; and conflict resolution, meeting facilitation, and public presentations; ability to enforce codes with firmness and tact; ability to prepare comprehensive reports and studies; ability to manage complex, specialized, and politically sensitive professional planning applications and activities; ability to express ideas effectively in both oral and written formats; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with community groups, federal, state, regional, Town officials, and the general public.

Bachelor's degree with coursework in civil engineering, planning, or related field and three to five years’ experience in transportation planning or public sector planning, or equivalent combination of education and experience.  AICP preferred.

Possession of an appropriate driver's license valid in the State of North Carolina.


Supplemental Information


This work requires the occasional exertion of up to 10 pounds of force; worker is frequently standing, sitting, walking, speaking or hearing and using hands to finger, handle or feel and occasionally requires climbing or balancing, stooping, kneeling, reaching with hands and arms, pushing or pulling, lifting and repetitive motions; work requires close vision, distance vision, depth perception, color perception and peripheral vision; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels; work requires preparing and analyzing written or computer data, , use of measuring devices, operating motor vehicles or equipment and observing general surroundings and activities; work occasionally requires exposure to outdoor weather conditions; work is generally in a moderate noise location (ie, office environment).


Specific details

Job Type Employee
Job Status Full time
Compensation Type Per year
Compensation $58,870.79 - $93,604.55