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Planner I, II, III

Gwinnett County

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REPOSTED 4/25/24


Base Hiring Salary Ranges:  

Planner I: $55,697.00 - $64,748.00

Planner II: $60,570.00 - $70,413.00

Planner III: $65,871.00 - $76,575.00


Job Description
The Planning Division is responsible for long-range planning, zoning administration, and GIS mapping. The division prepares and presents staff findings, including written case reports and recommendations, to the Zoning Board of Appeals, Planning Commission, and Board of Commissioners. The division also manages local area planning and community engagement initiatives. The Planner I, II, or III position is assigned to the Current Planning section within the Planning Division.  

Essential Duties

  • Planner I: 
    • Processes and reviews application submissions, including rezoning, change in condition, special use permit and buffer reduction requests
    • Assists in text ordinance amendments, planning studies and reports in support of new and updated plans, programs and regulations
    • Collects a variety of statistical data and prepares reports and maps on land use topics 
    • Acts as liaison between general public, community groups, government agencies, developers and elected officials concerning zoning and land use matters
    • Conducts field evaluations and assessments
    • Attends public hearings, evening and weekend meetings as needed
  • Planner II:
    • Prepares staff case reports for the Zoning Board of Appeals, Planning Commission and Board of Commissioners
    • Presents Variance cases to the Zoning Board of Appeals
    • Processes Annexation requests
    • Reviews and processes Administrative Variance requests
    • Represents the Department at Atlanta Regional Commission and Community Improvement District (CID) meetings and events
    • Communicates with other County Departments and outside agencies
    • Attends Planning Commission and Board of Commissioner public hearings
    • Completes site visits for zoning-related applications
    • Completes other special projects including master planning, research and analysis of planning and zoning-related topics; community engagement and education and others
  • Planner III:
    • Serves as team lead for Planner I and Planner II positions and fulfills the role of Planning Manager, as needed
    • Prepares staff case reports for the Planning Commission and Board of Commissioners;
    • Manages Pre-application meetings for zoning related applications
    • Coordinates closely with the Plan Review Division on reviewing land development plans
    • Planner II duties

Effective 4/11/2023, this position is eligible for the Employee Referral Program. 

Minimum Qualifications
Planner I (Grade C41(1)):

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning, Architecture, Public Policy, Political Science, or related field.
  • One year of related experience
    • Or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to competently perform the essential duties of the position

Planner II (Grade C42(1)): 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Planning or related field
  • Two years of Planning experience
    • Or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to competently perform the essential duties of the position

Planner III (Grade C43(1)):

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Landscape Architecture, or Planning
  • Four years of planning experience
    • Or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to competently perform the essential duties of the position

Planner III Preferred Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Planning, or related field
  • Three years of planning experience
    • Or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential functions of the job
  • Professional level GIS experience
  • Experience working in a city or county planning department
  • AICP Certification or desire to pursue certification

For information related to position specific Essential Duties, Knowledge and Skills and Physical requirements, click here for Planner I, Planner II, or Planner III. 

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

For more information about this department, click here


 Additional Information: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:

  • Hiring Process
  • FAQs

Gwinnett County is committed to creating a diverse workforce.  As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we prohibit discrimination on the basis of genetic information (including sex), race, color, national origin (including ancestry), gender (identity and expression), sexual orientation, age, marital status, familial status (including pregnancy), disability, military or veteran status, religion, political affiliation, immigration status, homeless status, or any other category protected by law.
For questions about recruitment, or to request a reasonable accommodation during the application, interview, or testing process, please call Human Resources at 770-822-7915 or email



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