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City Planner


Listing Summary

The City of Woodstock, Georgia is seeking a City Planner. This full-time position performs professional and technical staff review on issues of planning and zoning in the Community Development Department including site and building plan review and research.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Prepares agenda items for the department on zoning, annexation, and variance related matters.
  • Monitors scheduled legal deadlines for zoning, annexation, and variance procedures.
  • Receives and processes written rezoning, annexation, variance, and special exception applications from applicants requesting such actions; reviews applications for completeness.
  • Creates zoning case files; creates analysis of requested actions using Land Use Plan/Map, zoning maps, inspection of sites, zoning ordinance, land development regulation, etc.
  • Notifies general public and adjoining property owners regarding rezoning, annexations, and variances; posts signs in conspicuous locations on property.
  • Reviews and prepares staff evaluations for rezoning, annexation, variance, conditional use, and special exceptions. 
  • Evaluates land use proposals to ensure compliance with applicable City, state, or federal laws. 
  • Reviews and provides recommendations for development permits, sign permits, subdivision plats, boundary line adjustments, and minor and major land development proposals within scope of authority and responsibility.
  • Conducts site visits and zoning inspections.
  • Prepares and conducts presentations to the Planning Commission, Downtown Development Authority (DDA), various committees, civic groups, the public, and City Council.
  • Reviews building and site plans for consistency with land development ordinances, zoning regulations, and any approved zoning conditions.
  • Meets with developers to review plans and plats for compliance with City’s land development ordinance and zoning codes; reviews and makes recommendations for approval of preliminary and final plats. 
  • 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; 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.
  • Reviews business license applications for appropriate zoning district, use, and parking.
  • Assists in evaluation of Development of Regional Impact (DRI) reviews and coordinates the City’s response to the state.
  • 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.
  • Attends meetings of the Planning Commission, City Council, and DDA as requested.
  • Assists in review and rewriting of zoning ordinances as necessary; assists in preparing reports; collects data and information; develops contacts; and coordinates meetings regarding economic development projects.
  • Assists in coordinating City events and promoting tourism.
  • Assists in updating and maintaining data, information, maps, and GIS system for the City.
  • Researches and prepares special projects as assigned.
  • 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 and Experience:

Requires a bachelor’s degree in urban planning, public administration, or a related field; three (3) years of related work experience, preferably in planning; 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. 

Special Requirements:


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 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 applying basic mathematics.
  • Skill in communicating, both verbally and in writing.
  • Skill in employing positive public relations methods. 
  • Skill in using personal computers and computer software applicable to this position.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with other City employees, business owners/operators, City officials, and with other 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 drive and operate City’s assigned vehicle in an efficient and safe manner.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret complex data and clearly present information, ideas, and recommendations.
  • Ability to make presentations to large and small groups. 

Physical Demands:

The work is sedentary work and requires exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Additionally, the following physical abilities are required:   hearing, mental acuity, speaking, standing, talking, visual acuity, and walking.

Work Environment:

Most of the work is performed in an office setting; however, some work is performed outside. Requires working in outside weather conditions;  working near moving mechanical parts; being in high, precarious places when posting zoning and land use notifications; and working with occasional exposure to wet and/or humid conditions, traffic, fumes, and airborne particles. The noise level in the work environment is frequently quiet to moderate.

More information can be found at the City of Woodstock’s web site:

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: $48,590.92 annually and based on experience and qualifications.

*Position posted until filled.

All interested applicants must submit a completed online application. Apply at

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