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Senior Planner


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The purpose of this classification is to perform a variety of professional planning tasks within the Community Development Department. This position will be responsible for the coordination, update, and review of the comprehensive plan with emphasis on land-use. Supervises junior planners within division. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Assistant Director.


The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.

Performs advanced professional work related to variety of planning assignments. Manages complex planning studies, develop applications and reviews consultant proposals. Serves as lead land-use plans reviewer and resolves issues and conflicts between County department reviewers. Conducts research and prepares statistical reports on land use, physical, social & economic issues. Maintains a comprehensive, current knowledge of applicable codes, ordinances, laws, and regulations; maintains an awareness of new trends and advances in the profession; reads professional literature; maintains professional affiliations; attends workshops and training sessions as appropriate. Interacts with reginal planning agencies, ARC, Aerotropolis Council for Quality Growth and Economic Development Office and the Development Authority. Ensures the accuracy of the GIS layers.

Coordinate land-Use Plan updates per State Regulation. Maintain digital copy of the County's Comprehensive Plan. Support all zoning meetings, including, but not limited to virtual Pre-Apps., Technical Review Committee (TRC), Community Information Meetings (CIM).

Provides assistance and information to the public regarding ordinance interpretation, subdivision plats land-use issues, site plans, applications, procedures, documentation, aerial photographs, and other issues: responds to routine questions and complaints: researches problems and initiates problem resolution.

Researches land-use histories of property; Communicates with supervisor, employees, other departments, city/county officials, local postmasters, developers, engineers, architects, realtors, attorneys, sign company representatives, the public, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems.

Maintains a comprehensive, current knowledge of applicable codes, ordinances, taws, and regulations: maintains an awareness of new trends and advances in the profession; reads professional literature; maintains professional affiliations; attends workshops and training sessions as appropriate.


Performs miscellaneous tasks; prepares land-use analyses for pending rezoning cases; makes reproductions of maps, support preparation of zoning analyses for pending rezoning cases; answers telephone calls resolve or direct inquiries as appropriate performs other related duties as required.


Bachelor's degree in Urban and Regional Planning or closely related field; supplemented by Five (5) years previous experience and/or training that includes planning, development, or civil engineering; supervision experience; well-developed knowledge of one or more planning disciplines, such as land use planning/zoning, urban design, and housing; or any equivalent combination of education, training. and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this job. Supervisory experience and AICP Certification are preferred. Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver's license.


Physical Ability:
 Tasks require the ability to exert very moderate physical effort in light work, typically involving some combination of stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling, and which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (72-20 pounds).

Sensory Requirements: Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors, sounds, depth, and visual cues or signals. Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally.

Environmental Factors: Performance of essential functions may require exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as dirt, dust, pollen, wetness, humidify, rain, temperature extremes, or traffic hazards.

Clayton County. Georgia, is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the County will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

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