The City of Woodstock, Georgia is seeking a Process Planner. This full-time position performs professional and technical support in the Planning Division of the Community Development Department by processing public hearing applications; updating social media platforms; completing plan review and site inspections; processing business licenses, sign permits, and sign waivers; and assisting on special projects and ordinance revisions.
- Operates as support staff to assigned management; executes a wide array of responsibilities.
- Receives and processes public hearing applications from applicants; creates case files; sends notices; and completes the case file checklist.
- Handles public notification associated with public hearing applications including the posting of signs and legal ads as required by local ordinance and state law.
- Completes plan reviews as assigned including, but not limited to, site plans, house plans, final plats, architectural reviews, etc.; uses applicable local, state, and federal codes, zoning conditions, etc.; issues comments; and performs related follow-up correspondence.
- Coordinates with other department staff.
- Updates planning and zoning website, related apps, and social media platforms.
- Responsible for tracking and monitoring all deadlines for department deliverables.
- Performs field site inspections to ensure that sites are constructed according to the approved plans and to discover constructability issues with developments in the City of Woodstock; ensures compliance with approved plans and adopted codes as well as zoning conditions; and follows up with developers and builders through correspondence.
- Completes planning and zoning research in support of department deliverables; researches ordinances in similar jurisdictions; drafts revised ordinances; presents to Mayor and City Council, and implements ordinance including educating the public.
- Completes special studies.
- Completes ordinance updates and drafts resolutions.
- Completes necessary preparation activities for agenda items before the Planning Commission and City Council.
- Processes occupation tax and business license applications.
- Reviews sign permit applications and performs related inspections; manages administrative variance cases; uses sign ordinance for all district to determine size, number, materials, and form of various signage; and creates a case file and use sign criteria questions to determine hardships present that could call to recommend permitting a non-conforming sign and presents findings to Planning Commission and Mayor and Council.
- Coordinates projects with developers and consultants as well as with other City departments.
- Responds to questions from the public, citizens, and elected officials; explains application procedures for rezoning/special land use permit requests; and assists citizens with inquiries regarding available data sources, ordinances, City maps, status of current and proposed projects, various elements of comprehensive plan, City/county boundaries, service delivery zones, and functions of the Department.
- Evaluates requests and proposals for compliance with zoning district requirements; evaluates prospects for rezoning sites using zoning maps, City land-use plan, zoning laws, and regulations.
- Creates weekly "Hot Sheet" and quarterly and annual reports; uses department zoning, building, and development services data to update Planning Commission and Mayor and City Council on housing statistics, permitting, plan review, and public hearing cases on a weekly, quarterly, and annual basis.
- Attends meetings including evening meetings as requested.
- Prepares and handles resolution forms, zoning certifications, and general correspondence.
- Attends professional development workshops and conferences to keep abreast of trends and developments in local government planning.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Education & Experience:
Requires a bachelor’s degree in urban planning, public administration, or a related field; two (2) years of related work experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience. A master’s degree in planning is preferred.
Licenses or Certifications:
Requires a valid State of Georgia driver’s license or ability to obtain one within one (1) week of employment.
Necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Knowledge of principles and practices of urban and regional/community planning.
- Knowledge of principles and practices of downtown development and business/economic development.
- Knowledge of statistical and analytical research methods.
- Knowledge of City of Woodstock and Cherokee County zoning ordinances, development regulations, and land use policies.
- Knowledge of local government operations with particular reference to City administration, public/private finance, and economics.
- Skill in reading and interpreting zoning maps and site plans.
- Skill in interpreting and applying zoning and development regulations.
- Skill in basic mathematics.
- Skill in communicating, both verbally and in writing.
- Skill in use of personal computer and computer software related to this position.
- Ability to establish effective working relationships with other City employees, business owners/operators, City officials, agencies, groups, and individuals associated with planning issues.
- Ability to process information, applications, and forms requiring accuracy and thoroughness.
- Ability to prepare accurate, clear, and concise documents.
- Ability to develop informative brochures and information packages.
- Ability to understand complex oral and written instructions.
- Ability to work independently with general supervision.
- Ability to drive and operate City’s assigned vehicle in an efficient and safe manner.
- Ability to analyze and interpret complex data; present information, ideas, and recommendations clearly and succinctly in written and oral form; and make presentations to large and small groups.
More information can be found at the City of Woodstock’s web site: www.woodstockga.gov.
The City of Woodstock provides a competitive benefits and compensation package to eligible employees including paid time off, health, dental, vision, and employer-paid long-term disability as well as life insurance; and an employer-paid pension plan and 457 tax deferred savings plan w/employer match.
Starting Base Pay Rate: $45,832.58 annually and based on experience and qualifications.
*Position posted until filled.
All interested applicants must submit a completed online application. Apply at www.woodstockga.gov/jobs.