Under limited direction and in compliance with technical, administrative, regulatory, and professional standards and guidelines, supervises, assigns, reviews and assists in the work of professional and technical staff responsible for the review and creation of land use studies, land development ordinances, and development project applications. Manages assigned long-range or current planning functions. Long-range planning includes managing the development and implementation of the city’s Comprehensive Plan to advance the vision and values for the City’s built environment. Oversees the creation and administration of sub-area plans, master plans, including corridor plans, for the community. Manages the coordination with city staff and leadership, regional jurisdictions, community agencies, community organizations, and expert consultants. Current planning includes the administration of the land development process and the interpretation and enforcement of the City’s land management ordinances. Provides project management for current planning efforts, to include comprehensive and area plan development. Acts as project manager for technical and complex cases; ensures work quality and adherence to established policies, procedures and timelines and performs the more technical and complex tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility. Manages public outreach and engagement to ensure that planning activities and policies are informed, inclusive and consistent with stated goals and outcomes. Provides staff support to various boards and commissions. Monitors measurable data (metrics) and indicators to be used in analysis and updates of plans and policies. Prepares reports and presentations to the Planning Commission, City Council, and the community through effective written, visual, and oral communication. Recommends actions for land management ordinance updates and provides staff supervision to planning staff. Attends meetings that extend beyond the normal work schedule.
• Bachelor’s degree in planning, design, public administration, or a related field.
• Over four years of experience in planning, design, development review, public administration, and/or a related field.
• Must maintain continuing professional development requirements for Local Planning or Zoning Officials per SC Code 6-29-1310.
• Master’s degree in a related field.
• American Institute of Certified Planners certification highly preferred.
Driver's License Requirements
• Valid South Carolina Class D Driver's License.
• Planning, land use and zoning principles and best practices.
• Planning theory, law, and history.
• Pertinent federal, state, and local regulations and laws affecting planning, development, subdivisions, and zoning, including State of South Carolina Enabling Legislation
• Planning specializations, such as affordable housing, zoning, historic preservation, and economic development
• Current development trends
• Methods and techniques of development project analysis and review and processing
• Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation
• Research methods and statistical principles related to urban growth and development
• Methods and techniques of effective technical report preparation and presentation
• Citizen engagement techniques and processes
• Evaluate proposed development projects and determine compliance with city policies, objectives, and ordinances.
• Communicate with a variety of audiences.
• Explain technical information clearly in reports and presentations.
• Analyze and compile technical and statistical information.
• Respond effectively to difficult and sensitive public inquiries.
• Provide high quality customer service.
• Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
• Read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical journals and procedures, financial reports, legal documents, and governmental regulations as well as literature, books, reviews, reports, and abstracts.
• Deal with a system of real numbers; and practical application of fractions, percentages, ratios/proportions and measurement.
• Write policies, speeches, formal presentations, and/or technical and legal documents and correspondence.
• Use phone, fax, copier, calculator, and camera. Desktop computer, printer, scanner, Microsoft Office Suite, permit tracking system, GIS software, Photoshop, Sketchup and InDesign.