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Community Development and Planning Director


Listing Summary

The City of Norcross is looking for a full-time Community Development and Planning Director. The purpose of this position is to manage the operations of the City's Community Development planning activities by providing planning for short-range (current zoning) and long-range (future land use) plans, which includes reviewing and analyzing zoning requests, site plans, and architectural review.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Creates a comprehensive city planning process, develops land use goals and objectives, ensures public involvement in the process, and documents the information accordingly.
  • Administers the city zoning ordinance: drafts new ordinances, supervises the enforcement of existing ordinances and administers rezoning and appeals.
  • Works with the Economic Development leader to implement effective ED strategies.
  • Partners with the Code Enforcement Supervisor and Officers to enforce City ordinances.
  • Partners with the City Engineer to ensure the success of City Capital Projects.
  • Serves as official secretary and staff to the Architectural Review Board, Historic Preservation Commission, Sustainable Norcross Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Planning and Zoning Board; presents appeals to the boards and processes requests for zoning variances.  Schedules and prepares agendas for the Planning and Zoning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Architectural Review Board meetings. 
  • Plans for and holds public meetings or hearings, including public notices, press releases, and notices to affected property owners when required in compliance with adopted procedures.  Arrange site visits and meeting logistics as required.
  • Reviews and edits brief descriptions or summary of proposals, issues, or requests, including facts, applicable requirements, and analysis of proposals related to criteria, standards, regulations, policies, and procedures.  Writes conclusions and recommendations for the Planning and Zoning Board.
  • Orients new commission members to Norcross’ structure, vision, operations, and specific issues.  Informs board members of technical processes such as code revisions, regional issues, award programs, growth management, etc.
  • Compiles and analyzes data on economic, social, and physical factors affecting land use to recommend land utilization measures that are consistent with community needs.
  • Oversees the city land development regulations: issues land development permits, provides information to the public on development issues, and processes appeals.
  • Reviews development and related land use permit applications, site plans, variance applications, certificates of appropriateness, etc. Examines applications for compliance with established plans and ordinances and applicable local, state, or federal regulations; solicits input from appropriate staff; schedules hearings and actions; monitors applications through the approval process; enforces compliance with regulations; prepares reports and related data as required and addresses complaints.
  • Provides technical and professional advice; drafts reports and makes presentations to the City Council, boards, commissions, civic groups, and the general public.
  • Administers the city building codes, including directing the issuance of permits and supervising the provision of building inspection services.
  • Supervises the work of departmental personnel, prepares the departmental budget, and monitors expenditures under the current budget.
  • Performs annual personnel performance evaluations and managers work performance improvement plans with staff if needed.
  • Maintains official city limits, zoning, land use, and thoroughfare maps.
  • Supervises the development and implementation of ordinances and special studies and monitors conformance of development projects to local, state, and federal regulations.
  • Submits public notices for legal advertising.
  • Prepares agendas for Architectural Review Board, Historic Preservation Commission, Sustainable Norcross Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Planning and Zoning Board; records and preserves official meeting minutes.

Education and/or Work Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in urban planning or a related field from an accredited college or university.
  • Preference may be given to those candidates with a master’s degree in urban planning or public Administration.
  • Five to ten years of experience in planning, zoning, and development review with some supervisory experience.  Equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience with land development and/or building construction, operating in a role involving permitting, zoning, and interaction with regulatory agencies.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities:

Any other duties as assigned by management

Scope and Impact:

The purpose of this position is to manage the development of the city. Successful performance helps ensure the orderly development of the city, affects the quality of economic opportunity for city residents, and affects the image of the city.

Communications/Customer Contact:

Contacts are typically with the general public, property owners, real estate developers, attorneys, architects, engineers, bankers, landscape architects, elected officials, and city, county, state, and federal officials.  Contacts are typically to provide or exchange information, resolve problems, provide services, motivate personnel, and negotiate matters.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Knowledge of theories, practices, and procedures of community planning, economic development, zoning, land development, construction, and building.
  • Knowledge of City, County, ARC, state, and federal codes, ordinances, and regulations pertaining to land development and planning.
  • Knowledge of zoning principles, laws, and regulations, as well as city codes, policies, and procedures
  • Knowledge of building construction standards, methods, and related codes.
  • Knowledge of real estate law.
  • Knowledge of federal regulations affecting land development.
  • Knowledge of management and budgeting principles and practices.
  • Ability to review, understand, and interpret design drawings, site plans, construction specifications, engineering plans, maps, and plat.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City employees, officials, developers, builders, contractors, lawyers, architects, and the general public.

Working Conditions:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • The work is typically performed with the employee sitting at a desk intermittently standing, walking, or stooping.  The employee must be able to distinguish between shades of color.
  • The work is performed in an office and occasionally at building inspection sites.  The employee is exposed to occasional inclement weather. 

Job Type: Full-time

Starting Salary 92,107.51 (minimum) up to 119,739.76 (midpoint) based upon qualifications/experience.

Interested applicants must submit a letter of interest and updated resume to


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