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Planning & Development Director


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Planning and Development Director                                                        

Planning and Development

Revised 04.2024




Provides guidance and technical advice in the areas of planning & zoning, permitting and comprehensive plans and oversees P&D and Code Enforcement activities.




  • Provides technical advice to elected officials, city personnel, contractors, engineers, architects, and the general public.
  • Prepares and submits annual budget requests; oversees compliance with approved budgets.
  • Assigns work to department divisions and ensures work is completed in a timely manner.
  • Assists the City Commission with the development of a long-range land use plan.
  • Provides advice to various appointed boards, including the Planning and Zoning Board and the Historic Preservation Commission.
  • Coordinates the review and analysis of zoning, special use permit requests, variances, comprehensive plan amendments, site and subdivision plans, and zoning text amendments.
  • Supervises the review of developers’ plans to ensure compliance with state and city regulations.
  • Prepares and recommends ordinances and planning policies to the City Manager for presentation to the Board of Commissioners.
  • Enforces development compliances with adopted city codes.
  • Plans, directs, organizes and supervises the work of all departmental and divisional staff; evaluates the performance of personnel.
  • Performs related duties.




  • Knowledge of local government planning and economic and community development principles.
  • Knowledge of real estate sales and purchase procedures.
  • Knowledge of zoning and code regulations.
  • Knowledge of city budgeting policies.
  • Knowledge of supervisory principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of computers and job-related software programs.
  • Skill in planning, organizing, directing and coordinating the work of personnel.
  • Skill in the analysis of problems and the development and implementation of solutions.
  • Skill in the preparation of clear and precise administrative reports.
  • Skill in effective and persuasive leadership comfortable with all levels of staff, public and others
  • Skill in understanding and managing high-profile, sensitive or controversial political situations
  • Skill in problem-solving and negotiations 
  • Skill in strong oral and written communication.




The City Manager assigns work in terms of department goals and objectives. The supervisor reviews work through conferences, reports, and observation of department activities.




Guidelines include the Unified Development Code, the City of Griffin Code, the City’s Comprehensive Plan, Urban Redevelopment Plans, grant procedures, city personnel policies, and relevant state and federal laws. These guidelines require judgment, selection and interpretation in application. This position develops department guidelines.




  • The work consists of varied management, administrative, and supervisory duties. Strict regulations contribute to the complexity of the position.
  • The purpose of this position is to direct the city’s planning and development operations. Success in this position results in the efficiency and effectiveness of those operations.




  • Contacts are typically with co-workers, other city employees, elected and appointed officials, architects, engineers, contractors, developers, urban and regional planners, business owners, representatives of state and federal agencies, and members of the general public.
  • Contacts are typically to provide services; to give or exchange information; to resolve problems; to motivate or influence persons; or to justify, defend or negotiate matters.




  • The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table or while intermittently sitting, standing, or stooping.  
  • The work is typically performed in an office.
  • The work can involve site visits outside of the office.




This position has direct supervision over Principal Planner (1), Tax and License Administrator (1), Griffin Spalding Land Bank Executive Director (1), Building & Plans Coordinator (1), Archivist (1), Code Enforcement Supervisor (1), Code Enforcement Officer (2), Animal Control Officer (2), Administrative Coordinator (1), Administrative Assistant (2) and Independent Third-Party Building Inspection firm (3).




  • Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with the completion of a master's degree in urban planning, public administration or a related field and a minimum of 8 years of progressively responsible planning experience, with four years of experience must be in a supervisory capacity.
  • Experience sufficient to thoroughly understand the diverse objectives and functions of the subunits in the division/department in order to direct and coordinate work within the division/department, usually interpreted to require three to five years of related experience.
  • AICP Certification is preferred. Preference may be given to applicants possessing qualifications above the minimum.


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