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Planning Technician

The City of Sandy Springs/the Collaborative

Posted: Jan. 12, 2018

End Date: Mar. 12, 2018

Title: Planning Technician
Hours: Full-Time
Primary Service Area: Community Development Department                           
Reports to: Planning and Zoning Manager         
The Collaborative, (www.thecollaborative.com) an award-winning consulting firm with a national reputation for excellence in planning, design, engineering, transportation and communications, seeks a talented Planning Technician to join its team of professionals supporting a contract for the City of Sandy Springs, GA. Our Sandy Springs community development team operates as an on-site, full-service community development department in support of the City of Sandy Springs, providing planning and zoning, building and permitting, and code enforcement services. The Collaborative also manages two other departments in support of the City, including Communications and Economic Development. The services provided by the Community Development Department are wide-ranging and constantly changing. It is a fast-paced environment, requiring attention to detail and flexibility in prioritization.


The position of Planning Technician is an entry-level role. The Planning Technician spends a significant amount of time on routine administrative tasks, works closely with the public on a regular basis to provide customer service on planning issues, and may be asked to perform delegated professional-level (Planner I) duties of limited complexity in support of the Collaborative contracts with the City.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The primary duties and responsibilities of the Planning Technician include:
  • Providing technical assistance and information to staff and the public pertaining to the Development code
  • Reviewing applications to assure compliance with requirements such as use, parking ratios, height, and other development standards
  • Performing routine office tasks in designated program areas, including preparation of zoning certification letters, reviews of business licenses and other applications for zoning compliance, data entry for and the issuance of temporary sign permits, answering telephone calls and emails
  • May perform occasional site inspections for zoning compliance
  • Attends public meetings, assisting other planning staff as necessary.

Duties and Responsibilities Details

  • Works in support of the Planning and Zoning Manager to oversee and coordinate contract and department administrative activities.
  • Provides a variety of procedural and recorded information to the public including case file information, zoning and land use requirements; receives and records permit fees.
  • Maintains research files and records; reads and understands a variety of land use policies, ordinances, and technical reports; provides information to the public in a clear, understandable manner; complete forms accurately; communicates effectively in writing; represent the department with tact.
  • Assists planners with research and planning studies by compiling data and preparing reports; assists zoning staff in researching cases and compiling reports; assists in the coordination of regular departmental meetings.
  • Ensures the successful processing of a variety of forms and reports in support of company requirements and City procedures.
  • Acts as staff at the public information and zoning counter; receives and determines completeness and acceptability of various types of land use applications including land use permits, subdivisions, conditional use permits, zone changes and clearances, variances, and other permits.
  • Must be familiar with zoning ordinance and site plans, and can maintain effective working relationships with planning staff and the public.
  • Provides assistance in the preparation of agenda packets and posting of agenda for meeting before the Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Adjustments; assists in setting rooms up for Community Development meetings and other related tasks as required.
  • Provides a range of other office management and administrative duties as assigned.


  • Minimum of two years of college coursework in a technical, liberal arts, or science program that included 15 semester or 22 quarter units in urban and regional planning, environmental studies, or life, physical, or social sciences.
  • Minimum of two years of administrative or technical experience which included six months of experience providing technical or administrative support in an environmental, planning, mapping, architectural, civil engineering, or related agency or organization
  • Equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Valid Georgia motor vehicle operator’s license is required


The position is a full-time position. From time to time, work hours will include evenings as necessary.

Salary and Benefits

The Collaborative offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Collaborative does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. The firm will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including selection, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination, and access to benefits and training.

Contact Information

Please send cover letter and resume to info@thecollaborative.com. No phone calls please.