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Planning and Development Director (1075)
FLSA Status: Exempt
Pay Grade: 29
The purpose of this classification is to manage the activities and functions of the Development Services Division to ensure proper oversight of the County’s long-range plans and special studies, regulatory standards and ordinances, and related business processes.
Provides excellent service, pursues continuous improvement and exceeds expectations.
Supervises regular and temporary staff: plans, coordinates, assigns and reviews work of individuals and the team; evaluates training needs and provides instruction; schedules staff vacations and approves sick leave; recommends discipline, disciplinary actions, discharge and salary increases; prepares timesheets; interviews candidates; conducts employee performance evaluations; and establishes and promotes employee morale.
Leads and oversees operation of the various functions in the Development Services Division, including Planning and Zoning, Building Inspection, Code Enforcement, and Permit Services: develops goals, objectives, policies and procedures for the division; assigns and coordinates workloads; prepares budgets; represents the organization on regional/local boards; reviews departmental staff reports and presentations; receives and acts upon citizen concerns or complaints.
Administers and coordinates the County’s current planning program: analyzes ordinances related to planning, environmental protection, zoning, and subdivision regulation and makes recommendations for improvement; formulates recommendations for development of new infrastructure and open space; oversees development review process for developments of regional impact, annexation, rezoning, conditional use, variances, appeals, subdivision platting, and commercial/industrial development; oversees permit service center activities, including the processing of zoning and subdivision applications, building permits, occupation tax certificates, alcohol licensing, streetlight tax district applications, right-of-way encroachment permits, road closure applications, and special events permits; oversees and coordinates building inspection and code enforcement functions; prepares or oversees state and federal grant activities for development-related functions.
Formulates and administers the County’s advanced planning program: prepares, updates, and implements goals, objectives, and strategies for the comprehensive plan and transportation plan; conducts special studies for housing, transportation, recreation, economic development, and infrastructure; generates, compiles, and maintains demographic and statistical data related to short- and long-range planning needs; evaluates the need for outside planning consultant services; assists in developing and implementing policies, legislative actions, and intergovernmental agreements, including annexation agreements, service delivery strategy, and tax allocation districts.
Supports County boards and commissions: coordinates Planning and Zoning Commission meetings and prepares associated agendas, reports, meeting packets, and notices; briefs Commission on pending agenda items and other zoning issues; attends meetings; makes presentations and answers questions related to zoning and land use; assists chairman with parliamentary procedures; maintains records of Planning and Zoning Commission decisions; presents zoning-related items and resolutions to the Board of Commissioners; makes presentations and responds to questions concerning zoning issues or map changes; and communicates zoning decisions to citizens and developers.
Ensures Development Services Division operations adhere to legislative changes, trends, and industry best practices: participates in professional development programs; monitors changes and developments in all areas of assignment; communicates with County leadership about recommended changes; adjusts operations as needed.
Performs other related duties as required.
Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Business Administration, Public Administration or a related field required (Master’s Degree preferred); supplemented by eight years of progressively responsible experience (at least four of which in a supervisory role) in Planning and Zoning; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.
Specific License and Certification Required: Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license. Must possess and maintain the following certifications: American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).