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Deputy Director, Planning & Zoning

The City of Stonecrest

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The purpose of this classification is to coordinate and perform supervisory and professional planning and community development tasks to include the processing of applications, building permits, and business license requests while monitoring zoning ordinance and code compliance. Completes technical tasks and projects and conducts specialized research. Attends a variety of meetings to present information and provide professional recommendations concerning various planning issues.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Assist in recruitment, employment, evaluation, release of staff and contract personnel.
  • Supervises the work of professional Planners, technicians, interns directly or indirectly.
  • Assist in devising department budget, finance and procurement.
  • Provides oversight of comprehensive planning, reviewing processes and procedures
  • Coordinates and directs the daily work activities of assigned staff; provides technical assistance, training, and recommendations for conflict resolution to planning staff; and assists supervisor with performance evaluations of subordinate staff.
  • Communicates with the development community and the general public to provide information and education regarding planning, zoning, and development issues; provides information and answers to the public concerning zoning regulations and land use policy; assists applicants in completing application forms; attends various board meetings to provide information and answers regarding applications and relates issues; advises board members of zoning ordinances and code requirements.
  • Conducts technical review and analysis of information; reviews and approves agendas prepared for boards and commissions; reviews files to present information; reviews board applications and plans for code compliance; reviews administrative variances and exception plats and forwards for approval; reviews final plats and division plats for completeness and approval.
  • Serves as the Secretary to the Planning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Organizes, schedules, and directs all development plan review meetings and participates in the review of all development plans to ensure compliance with all planning and zoning regulations; provides expertise and guidance to meeting participants for matters pertaining to planning and zoning.
  • Reviews and approves staff analysis prior to its release to boards and commissions: provides feedback and guidance to planning staff; determines if any additional review of an application is necessary; reviews rejected applications to determine missing information; revises and formulates recommendations and conditions for approval of applications; researches approved applications to determine compliance with Board requests; visits application sites, visually examines and photographs site; reviews photographs of sites; forwards applications materials and related information to Board members; reviews sign permit applications for compliance and issues approval or rejection.
  • Receives, reviews, and processes rezoning and conditional applications; reviews and approves the surveys, site plans, and variance requests; inspects the site; photographs the area involved; coordinates and attends neighborhood meetings affected by the rezoning; gathers historical information involving the rezoning area; writes the initial draft of the staff report, submits to supervisor for review, and revises the report as directed; presents the rezoning application to the commission and Mayor and City Council; notifies applicant of incomplete application and deficiencies within the plan; discusses issues involved in the rezoning with outside agencies; reviews and approves related media ads and signs; writes action letters regarding rezoning outcome.
  • Works with city attorney or designee to form appropriate legal responses to rezoning and land use actions, text modifications, interpretations of codes, confirmation of administrative discretion and deposition in court cases.

·    Research’s complex zoning issues and conducts special research projects as assigned.

  • Processes requests for building permits and assigns to appropriate staff; reviews staff analysis and recommendations; reviews building permit plans for compliance with all zoning codes and additional conditions as set forth by the board; informs building permit applicants of zoning deficiencies in their submittal; reviews correspondence prepared for building permit applicants; issues denial of permit request based on zoning issues.
  • Processes business license requests; receives and assigns business license code compliance checklist; determines if a proposed business is allowed at requested site under zoning ordinances.
  • Attends and participates in a variety of evening and weekend meetings and sessions; makes presentations; attends weekly staff meetings to provide updates and present issues or concerns; and shares information from meetings with subordinates and supervisors.
  • Interfaces and collaborates with local, regional, state, and federal planning and related agencies in promoting compliance plan and program review.
  • Operates a personal computer, printer, fax machine, copier, phone system, measuring wheel, architect and engineering scale, light table, Planimeter, tape measure, and other equipment as necessary to complete essential functions, to include the use of word processing, spreadsheet, and other system software utilized by the department.
  • Assumes operation and administration responsibilities when Planning and Zoning Director is absent for an extended period.
  • Consults with others on complex problem situations and provides technical expertise.
  • Provides progress and activity reports to senior management; and assists with the revision of procedure manuals as appropriate.
  • Performs related duties as assigned


Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning or closely related field; five (5) years of experience in planning and development activities with a minimum of two years supervisory experience; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.

Certificates, Licenses and Registrations

 Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver's license. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of and ability to interpret codes, zoning ordinance and implement the comprehensive plan.
  • Knowledge of land planning, cartography and development principles, practices, and methods. Must have the ability to review, understand and interpret design drawings, site plans, construction specifications, maps, and plats.
  • Skill in interpersonal communication and the ability to interact with a wide variety of individuals, groups, and personalities in resolving development and application issues.
  • Ability to learn, comprehend, and apply all City or departmental policies, practices, and procedures necessary to function effectively in the position.
  • Ability to use practical applications involving codes and zoning ordinances.
  • Ability to review, classify, categorize, prioritize, and/or analyze data. Includes exercising discretion in determining data classification, and in referencing such analysis to established standards for the purpose of recognizing actual or probable interactive effects and relationships.
  • Ability to apply principles of persuasion and/or influence over others in a supervisory capacity.
  • Ability to start, stop, operate, and monitor the functioning of equipment, machinery, tools, and/or materials used in performing essential functions.
  • Ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; the ability to calculate decimals and percentages; the ability to utilize principles of fractions; and the ability to interpret graphs.
  • Ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in situations involving evaluation of information against measurable or verifiable criteria.
  • Prioritizes and plans work activities and use time efficiently
  • Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness, monitors own work to ensure quality and applies feedback to improve performance
  • Interacts and communicates clearly with coworkers, citizens and vendors in a courteous, friendly matter
  • Manages difficult situations, responds promptly to needs, solicits consultant feedback to improve service, responds to requests for service and assistance and meets commitments
  • Exhibits tact, consideration, and patience in difficult situations
  • Approaches sudden, unexpected challenges effectively with confidence
  • Punctual, follows instructions, responds to management direction and solicits feedback to improve performance
  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems time efficiently; Gathers and analyzes information; Develops solutions; Uses reason.
  • Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Organizes or schedules other tasks; Develops realistic action plans.
  • Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively; Listens and gets clarification when necessary; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates presentation skills; Participates in meetings.
  • Written Communication - Writes clearly and concisely; Edits work; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.




The work is sedentary to light which requires the ability to exert light physical effort, but which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of light weight (5-10 pounds).  May work an adjusted schedule for assisting in events occurring after 5:00 p.m. such as meetings, or planned events.



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