DATE: 5/2019 (REVISED)

                This is managerial and advanced professional planning work of an administrative and highly skilled technical nature coordinating the City's planning and inspection activities.   Work involves the coordination and supervision of the development and revision of the comprehensive and neighborhood plans for the City; planning, promoting, and developing industrial, commercial, and residential areas; overseeing inspection and zoning activities; and advising and providing staff support for the Planning Commission.  Work also includes research and planning involving community development projects and planning studies, and administering various state and federal grant programs (e.g., Community Development Block Grant projects).
                The employee supervises technical and clerical employees; acquires a variety of professional consultant services; plans, organizes, schedules, and assigns work activities; and researches procedures and program options.  Under the direction of the City Manager, work is performed with considerable technical independence and according to general guidelines and policies issued by the appropriate governmental agencies.
                Coordinates and conducts the development of current and future planning studies for the City; coordinates the interests of private developers with those of the general public to encourage the most suitable development of the City; prepares reports and explains new and revised planning programs to the public and professional groups.
                Researches, prepares, and updates the comprehensive plan, including update of the land use plan as required based on a variety of needs and factors.
                Researches and reviews maps and records, and assists in the design of potential development sites; prepares general plans for various community and private development projects; coordinates the design and development of streets as may be required for the efficient development of a specific parcel or project.
                Promotes the development of the City's industrial, commercial, and residential areas to the best and highest use of available land by working with developers, existing and potential businesses, and various agencies; obtains information from various sources to aid development.
                Serves as an advisor to the Planning Commission; supervises preparation of the agenda and minutes of meetings, notices of hearings, reports, etc., investigates and reports on all matters coming before the Commission.  May also be called upon to present relevant materials to City Council.
                Researches, applies for, administers and/or assists in the administration of programs funded by grants from state and federal agencies.
                Oversees Inspection and Zoning, assists as may be needed in administration of the zoning ordinance and other related ordinances. 
                Coordinates to ensure that appropriate records are maintained of Planning Commission recommendations and approvals as they pertain to the zoning ordinance;  consults regularly with representatives from the area planning district commission and other regional and state planning agencies in order to obtain information and keep abreast of new developments in the planning and community development fields.
                                Prepares reports and explanations of new and revised planning programs for the City administration and the general public; maintains files and other related information; advises the public on a variety of matters related to the development and re-development of land within the City; approves disbursements and other authorizations related to the spending of funds within the department.
                Graduation from a four-year college or university with a major in urban and/or regional planning, public administration, or a closely related field, and a minimum of five years of related experience, or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the following knowledge, abilities, and skills:
                Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of modern urban planning methods and techniques, and statistical and research procedures as they apply to planning problems.
                Considerable knowledge of the laws and regulations relating to the planning and construction of public facilities as well as current developments and literature in the planning field.
                General knowledge of economics, municipal finance and sociology as they apply to areas of responsibility.
                Ability to interpret and analyze technical and statistical information, and to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing.
                Ability to communicate effectively on a variety of levels, with persons of all income levels, property owners, contractors, subordinates, and superiors through correspondence and reports, and at presentations and meetings.
                Ability to plan, organize, schedule, and assign numerous work activities, and to research procedures and program options.
                Some knowledge of personnel management, financial administration, and supervisory techniques.
                Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and City officials, developers, business owners, architects, contractors, representatives of other agencies, and the general public.  Must have the use of sensory skills in order to effectively communicate and interact with employees, public, community organizations (e.g., Chamber of Commerce, Patrick Henry Community College, etc.).
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Work is performed mostly in office settings. Some outdoor work is required in the inspection of various land use developments and construction sites. Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various pieces of office equipment.
                While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand or sit; walk; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear.
                The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
                While performing the duties of this job, the employee works in an office environment, but occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, or airborne particles.
                The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet in the office, and moderate in the field. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

Department: Community Development
This is a management position
This is a full time position

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