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Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission
The Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission (MBPZ) seeks an Executive Director to innovate, adapt, reinvent, and maintain Macon’s planning and land use policies to propel economic and community development for the benefit of all citizens. The current Executive Director has announced his upcoming retirement after nearly four decades of service, providing this exceptional opportunity for an innovative, visionary, and motivated planning professional to sustain and grow Macon’s prosperity through planning and land use policies. Preferred start date is January 2022.
For complete information, see the Search Profile at https://myersmcrae.com/skins/userfiles/files/MBPZ-ExecDir.pdf.
MACON-BIBB COUNTY PLANNING & ZONING
Established in 1954 as a result of a special amendment to the Constitution of the State of Georgia, the Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission (MBPZ) is the only independent planning and zoning organization in the country.
With offices located inside Macon’s Historic Terminal Station, MBPZ is the final authority over all land use planning, transportation planning, zoning enforcement, and subdivision review for Macon-Bibb County. MBPZ is unique in Georgia in that the Commission is not a referring body, but the agency that has the final say in all land use decisions within its jurisdiction. MBPZ’s five-member quasi-judicial board is made up of local business professionals who volunteer to serve for five-year terms. The Commission is supported by a 16-person professional staff that provides support to the Commission for zoning hearings and serves as the permit coordinator for all land use development proposals.
This unique structure offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to lead the Commission and the community to implement efficient processes and policies that create smart growth and sustainable development, reducing blight, increasing property values, and increasing quality of life.
Funded by the Macon-Bibb County government, MBPZ conducts public hearings to hear and decide on rezoning and land use issues.
Additionally, the agency is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) responsible for all transportation planning for Macon-Bibb County, and portions of Jones and Monroe counties.
The Executive Director performs administrative and advanced professional work in overseeing the overall operation and activities of the Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission. Leading a 16-person staff with currently one vacancy, this senior administrator has oversight of the comprehensive planning process, the long-range transportation plan, and the maintenance and enforcement of the Comprehensive Land Development Resolution (zoning regulations). The salary range is between $140,000 to $160,000, based on the person’s background and experience.
The Planning and Zoning Commission assigns work in terms of commission goals and objectives. Work is reviewed through conferences, reports, and observation of Commission operations.
The successful candidate will share a vision and demonstrate the ability to adapt national best practices in planning and zoning to Macon. The incumbent is expected to exercise initiative and considerable professional judgment, discretion, and independence in accomplishing assigned directives and working with the public, the planning and zoning commissioners, elected officials, and other government agencies.
Reporting to the Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission, the Executive Director supervises the management staff, which includes the directors of Planning, Zoning, Finance, Human Resources, Communications, and Geographic Information Services.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
Employee Benefits include:
MACON-BIBB COUNTY, GEORGIA
MBPZ is located in downtown Macon. Offering large-city amenities and true Southern charm, Macon-Bibb has a population of approximately 155,000, with the metropolitan area totaling almost 230,000.
Located 70 miles south of Atlanta, Macon is a popular tourist destination. Macon-Bibb is rich with cultural assets such as the Hay House, Tubman Museum, and Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park, a lively arts scene, annual festivals, including the International Cherry Blossom Festival, and a well-versed music heritage, playing home to such greats as Otis Redding, Little Richard, and the Allman Brothers Band.
Most recently, Macon has become a go-to location for movie/TV filmmaking. Served by three hospitals, Macon is one of Georgia’s major medical service centers. Just 16 miles south of Macon-Bibb is Robins Air Force Base, the largest single-site industrial complex in Georgia.
APPLICATION & NOMINATION PROCESS
Confidential inquiries are welcomed, and nominations are invited.
1) Application packet must include: a) A letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and qualifications of the position, b) Current resume, and c) At least four references with full contact information including e-mails (References will not be contacted without consent from applicant.)
2) Submit application packet (preferably as PDFs) to MBPZ@myersmcrae.com
Additional information will be requested upon receipt of application.
Apply by December 8, 2021, for best consideration. Review of applications begins immediately.
Submit nominations to MBPZfirstname.lastname@example.org with complete contact and e-mail information for the individual being nominated.
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MBP&Z is an Equal Opportunity Employer (M/F/ADA) Drug-Free Workplace / At-Will Employment. Applicants must pass a criminal background check, drug screen, and credit check.p >