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Cherokee County

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The Planner performs day-to-day planning tasks within the department such as plan review, zoning ordinance compliance, plan development or management, customer service and planning research.  Depending on the task, they may be involved in reviewing applications, preparing reports or presentations, developing maps and coordinating with other county staff on a variety of projects.  The Planner receives supervision from the Senior Planner under the direction of department management. 

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES – Includes the following as well as other duties as assigned.

  • Performs professional work related to variety of planning assignments.
  • Assists in the management of planning studies and development applications.
  • Reviews and processes rezoning and variance applications, site plans, subdivision plats.
  • Conducts research and prepares reports on land use, physical, social & economic issues.
  • Coordinates with other County agencies and other local governments to obtain necessary information, data and statistics for planning efforts.
  • Provides professional planning assistance to property owners, development interests, general public on varied planning or land use projects.
  • Develops plans, studies and analyses as directed by department management. 
  • Performs field inspections to gather data relevant to the development review process and/or to verify that development projects comply with approved plans.
  • Performs tasks to support ordinance revisions, such as developing improved graphics coordinating reference sections.
  • Conducts field visits to study examples of specific planning issues.  May utilize a combination of photos, written notes and sketches to document the conditions found in the field.
  • Attends meetings with appointed boards and elected officials.
  • Presents reports and other findings to department staff, Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Board of Commissioners.

Education and Experience

  • Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree supplemented by a Master’s degree with experience/degrees in Planning or related field preferred. 
  • 1 to 2 years of experience in Planning or Zoning work is preferred.
  • Able to obtain certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) within 4 years.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Well-developed knowledge of one or more planning disciplines, such as zoning, urban design, affordable housing, economic development or land use.
  • Knowledge and experience in land development processes with the ability to read and interpret zoning ordinances, surveys, maps and plats.
  • Knowledge of principles, methodology, practices of research and data collection.
  • Knowledge of computer hardware and software programs, including Microsoft Office, Internet applications, Adobe Creative Suite and ARC GIS.
  • Ability to read and interpret a variety of documents ranging from correspondence and policies and procedures to technical documents.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills for preparing and presenting planning reports and projects.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills for facilitating relationships with other departments and jurisdictions.
  • Creative problem-solving skills to gather relevant information to solve less well- defined planning problems.
  • Ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously and meet firm deadlines.


Valid Georgia Driver’s License and a satisfactory Motor Vehicle Record (MVR).

Job duties are performed primarily in an office environment.  However, the ability to work in a variety of outdoor weather conditions and in environments with high noise levels is needed when the incumbent is inspecting service requests or active projects.

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