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Development and Permitting Advocate


Listing Summary

Salary:  $59,200.00 - $97,681.00 Annually DOQ

Position Information

The purpose of this classification is to serve as liaison to residents and developers, providing timely and efficient assistance and guidance regarding the county's residential, commercial, and development permitting requirements. 
Forsyth County, Georgia, is located 25 miles north of Atlanta with a population just over 250,000. The county has been one of the fastest growing counties in the nation and draws new residents through proximity to multiple job centers, an excellent public school system and a strong network of public parks as well as a robust housing market.  Forsyth County borders Lake Sidney Lanier and is ideally located between Atlanta and the Blue Ridge mountains of North Georgia, which provides recreational opportunities throughout the year.

Job Summary

Serves as the county's point of contact to residents and contractors, herein referred to as "clients", regarding planning and permitting projects.  Provides guidance and assistance to clients throughout the life cycle of the development process to aid in the smooth and timely completion of the required applications and permitting.
Provides information and technical assistance to clients concerning County's zoning and development process, plan review process, code requirements, code interpretation, code compliance, and related issues; assists clients in preparing applications for plan review submittal; discusses construction plans, permit procedures, status of plan reviews, problem areas, changes/needed corrections, and client's responsibilities with project related property owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors, engineers, and architects; recommends solutions to problems; responds to questions or complaints, researches problems, and initiates problem resolution.
Interfaces with various county departments when necessary regarding the status of the client's application or permit. Coordinates and tracks the progress of assigned projects; monitors status of the permit; performs follow-up of identified problems; communicates, and coordinates with county staff and officials to troubleshoot specific problem situations that are impeding the progress of the application or permit; implements corrective action as necessary to move the project thru the internal processes required during the approval process.
Provides timely response to requests for information from clients; provides assistance and information to residents, developers, contractors, attorneys, and County officials regarding planning/zoning issues, land use issues, code/ordinance interpretation, development policies, site plans, plan reviews, review procedures, permits, fees, documentation, zoning conditions compliance or other issues; responds to questions/complaints, researches problems, and initiates problem resolution.
Works independently in a highly visible position, advising clients, County Manager, and various officials regarding current project progress or issues.
Provides information regarding the interpretation and application of County codes, comprehensive plan, ordinances, and regulations pertaining to zoning, land use, and site development; researches code-related issues in code books, consulting staff as needed.

Communicates to the client any non-compliance issues and corrections required for plans to achieve compliance with codes; explains the necessary corrections needed to be made to plans to meet compliance prior to issuance of permits.

Performs general/clerical tasks, which may include answering telephone calls, typing documents, making copies, sending/receiving faxes, filing documentation, or processing incoming/outgoing mail.
May require after hour, or an alternated working schedule to attend meetings or visit field sites
Performs other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Urban Planning, Public Administration, Economic Development, Business Administration, Construction Management, or closely related field; supplemented by three (3) years previous experience and/or training that includes urban planning, local/regional land use, zoning, land development, plan review, or business development; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.

  • Requires possession and maintenance of a valid Georgia driver's license.

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