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Planning Manager - Planning Divison

Gwinnett County

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Job Description
The Planning Manager position is within the Department’s Planning Division and will manage current planning, long-range planning, and planning data services for the County.  Long-range planning activities include master planning, community education and other special projects. Current planning activities include zoning administration, maintaining the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), supporting the Planning Commission and related tasks. Planning data services activities include creating and maintaining GIS data, producing maps and other special projects. 

Essential Duties:

  • Manges the day-to-day operations of the Planning Division, including activities related to current planning and customer service
  • Ensures that all required deadlines and procedures are met related to variances, appeals of administrative decisions, and related requests
  • Reviews and approves staff case reports for the Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Attends and presents at Zoning Board of Appeals public hearings
  • Communicates with other County Departments and outside agencies
  • Attends meetings with residents, developers, design professionals and others
  • Manages Planning Division staff
  • Conducts other special projects including master planning, research and analysis of planning and zoning-related topics; community engagement and education and others
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Geographic Information System (GIS), Computer Science, Planning or related field
  • Five years of planning experience, including two years of supervisory experience
  • Or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Planning or related field
  • Local government planning experience

The grade for this position is C52(1)
This position is eligible for the Employee Referral Program.  

For information related to position specific Essential Duties, Knowledge and Skills and Physical requirements, click here for Planning Manger

NOTE: the class specifications listed on this site are not the official class specifications for Gwinnett County and are subject to change.


 Additional Information:Department of Planning & Development
The function of Gwinnett County Department of Planning and Development is to promote and enhance the quality of life of residents, visitors, property owners and businesses of Gwinnett County. The Department accomplishes its mission through programs and services that encourage high quality development as well as maintenance and revitalization of existing neighborhoods. The Department consists of the Administration Division, Building Division, Code Enforcement Division, Planning Division, Housing and Community Development Division, and the Development Division.

View more information about the Planning and Development Department. 

About Gwinnett County

Welcome to Gwinnett County — one of America's fastest-growing counties for the past 20 years. Our dynamic and exciting county combines the best of big-city living with the comforts of the suburbs.

The county's population in 2000 was about 588,448 and we’ve only continued to grow since then, with the population expected to reach one million by the year 2022.
Gwinnett has many advantages, beginning with its location and road system. The county is just 45 minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and 30 minutes from downtown Atlanta. Thanks to this location, 80 percent of the U.S. population is within a two-hour flight. Georgia Highway 316 has been extended to Athens, reducing travel time to the University of Georgia to 25 minutes. Gwinnett's infrastructure includes more than 2,750 miles of roadways to provide excellent mobility for our residents.

The County Administrator and County Attorney are appointed by the Board of Commissioners and serve at its pleasure. To implement the Board's policy directives, the County Administrator uses a management team consisting of members of his immediate staff and 14 department directors. The 14 departments that make up the executive side are Police Services, Fire and Emergency Services, Corrections, Communications, Support Services, Financial Services, Community Services, Human Resources, Information Technology Services, Law, Planning and Development, Water Resources, Child Advocacy & Juvenile Services, and Transportation. Each department is run by a director who is charged with managing operations in a manner which stresses the County’s values.
In addition to the executive side of County government, certain services are provided through Constitutional officers and independent elected officials. These external offices are created by the Georgia Constitution or through state law. In Gwinnett, they include the Sheriff, Tax Commissioner, District Attorney, Solicitor, Probate Court Judge, and Chief Magistrate.

Gwinnett is the preferred community where everyone thrives! 

Gwinnett proudly supports our vibrantly connected community by delivering superior services. 


Integrity: We believe in being honest, building trust, and having strong moral principles.

Accountability: We believe in stewardship, transparency, and sustainability.

Equity: We believe in fairness and respect for all.

Inclusivity: We believe in engaging, embracing, and unifying our communities. 

Innovation: We believe in continual adaptation of technology, process, and experience.

Hiring Process

Gwinnett County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information regarding our hiring process, please click the links below:

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