Planning Director

City of Fernley, NV

City of Fernley
Planning Director

FLSA Status: Exempt

Definition: Under supervision of the City Manager, performs responsible planning, research and administrative work directing the activities of the Planning Department to ensure the orderly growth and
efficient administration of municipal resources.

Work involves developing and managing current and long-range planning programs, and advising the City Manager, Planning Commission and City Council in matters pertaining to physical, social, economic, transportation, and environmental planning and zoning issues. Other functions include administration and enforcement of the zoning code, customer service and permit review, planning inspections, community outreach programs, and general administration. Employee is also responsible for directing and supervising professional, technical and clerical staff, to ensure proper maintenance of planning documents and maps, and compliance with City zoning ordinances. Employee must exercise considerable initiative and independent judgment in all phases of work. Employee must also exercise tact and courtesy in frequent contact with the community, elected officials, city staff, and other agencies.

Essential Functions: Performance of these functions is the reason the job exists. Assigned job
tasks/duties are not limited to the essential functions.
1. Manages all functions of Planning Department.
2. Prepares and presents complex and technical staff reports, formal presentations, and recommendations at community meetings, advisory boards, and public hearings including to the City Council, Planning Commission, local committees, neighborhood groups, or other outside agencies.
3. Reviews and analyzes civil engineering, architectural, landscaping, and other development plans for conformance with the City’s Zoning and Master Plan, conditions of approval, and other requirements.
4. Manages and administers consultant contracts; develops and negotiates scope of work; establishes timeframes; ensures adequate funding; prepares contracts; verifies insurance; authorizes invoices;
provides direction to consultant; reviews technical studies and other documents prepared by consultants.
5. Plans, prioritizes, assigns, supervises, and reviews the work of staff responsible for providing planning related services and activities in assigned program areas; establishes schedules and methods for providing assigned services; identifies resource needs; reviews needs with appropriate management staff; participates in developing the department budget; allocates resources accordingly. Oversees staff and projects including those related to Annexations, Master Plan Amendments, Zoning Code Amendments, Special Use Permits, Tentative Maps and other planning entitlements, and Capital Improvement Projects.
6. Coordinates all activities related to the review and processing of development projects and applications, including those development proposals, which are subject to the public hearing process before the Planning Commission and/or City Council; manages assigned case load of development projects.
7. Selects, trains, motivates, and evaluates assigned personnel; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; conducts performance evaluations; implements
discipline and termination
8. Manages and/or staffs assigned boards, commissions, and committees involved in the development, adoption, and implementation of City plans and planning regulations including the Planning Commission, Development Review Committee, and local committees and commissions; schedules meetings; coordinates future agenda scheduling; manages the agenda development process including compiling and reviewing pertinent agenda items appearing before public hearings and various committee and commission meetings.
9. Coordinates activities with, confers with, advises, and provides information and assistance to City staff, applicants, architects, builders, developers, attorneys, contractors, engineers, consultants,
the general public, elected officials and outside organizations and agencies; explains the City’s development and public hearing process to design and development professional, property
owners, and the general public.
10. Manages multiple complex development proposals involving research, site visits, analysis, department coordination, scheduling, and report writing.
11. Develops and prepares amendments to the Zoning Code, Master Plan, Specific Plans, and Area Plans.
12. Serves as planning representative for various City project teams.
13. Prepares and/or reviews and edits legal documents including resolutions, ordinances, development agreements, deed restrictions, and conservation easements; prepares drafts of official correspondence for department head or elected official signature.
14. Reviews landscaping and area amenities for street and/or district improvements, median enhancements, and various other City enhancement projects.
15. Manages Special Planning Projects; conducts research; coordinates preparation of supporting materials from other departments or agencies; prepares reports, letters, ordinances, resolutions, and presentations; develops recommendations; attends public hearings and neighborhood meetings and makes presentations; reviews and prepares responses to referrals from other agencies or organizations regarding proposed policies and development applications affecting the City; monitors status of proposed projects and coordinates City input.
16. Assists in the development and implementation of planning policies and procedures including those to streamline the planning process.
17. Attends and participates in professional associations and group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of urban planning.
18. Work cooperatively with supervisors and management in managing his/her stress in the workplace.
19. Regular, dependable attendance and punctuality.
20. Performs all other related duties and responsibilities as required.

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:
• Operations, services, and activities of a community planning and development program.
• Advanced principles and practices of zoning, community planning, and site planning.
• Development practices and development review procedures and requirements.
• Project management principles and practices.
• City Master Plan policies and implementation and City ordinances.
• Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
• Organization and functions of various agencies involved in the planning
• Recent developments, current literature, research methods, and sources of information related to municipal planning, urban growth, and development.
• Methods and techniques of effective technical report preparation and presentation including for complex development proposals.
• Methods and techniques of eliciting community participation in planning and development issues.
• Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and supporting software applications.
• Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations including laws underlying master plans, land use planning, zoning, and land divisions.
• Principles and practices of urban planning and development.
• Laws, regulations and ordinances underlying general planning, zoning and land divisions.

Ability to:
• Independently perform the most complex and sensitive planning duties in the development, implementation, and modification of City plans and regulations requiring the highest level of
technical expertise.
• Recommend and implement goals, objectives, policies and procedures for providing assigned services, activities, and operations.
• Prepare and interpret codes and policies and apply to specific situations.
• Coordinate and direct all facets of the City’s Planning Department.
• Supervise, organize, and review the work of staff involved in assigned program areas.
• Select, train, and evaluate staff.
• Serve as project manager on multiple complex and sensitive projects involving coordination with other departments and outside groups and organizations.
• Plan and organize work to meet changing priorities and deadlines.
• Staff and manage assigned commissions and committees.
• Understand the organization and operation of the City and of outside agencies as necessary to assume assigned responsibilities.
• Interpret, analyze, apply, implement, and explain pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations including City codes and departmental policies and administrative directives.
• Analyze projects and potential projects for consistency with zoning ordinance standards, planning regulations, general planning principles, Master Plan policies, and architectural quality.
• Analyze site design, terrain constraints, circulation, land use compatibility, utilities, and other urban services.
• Ensure project compliance with state, federal, and local rules, laws, and regulations.
• Independently coordinate necessary communication between staff, developers, and other agencies.
• Understand, evaluate, and interpret complex technical engineering, architectural, structural, landscape, and topographical plans, maps, legal documents, and related documents.
• Utilize engineering and architectural scale to read plans.
• Prepare and analyze highly technical and administrative reports, statements, and correspondence.
• Effectively present technical information and respond to questions from groups of managers, council members, committee and commission members, and the general public and manage sensitive and political issues in a professional manner.
• Effectively represent the City to outside individuals and agencies to accomplish the goals and objectives of the unit.
• Work cooperatively with other departments, City officials, and outside
• Read, analyze, and interpret information from professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
• Operate modern office equipment and computers including specialized computer applications.
• Demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of the cultural diversity of the community.
• Communicate professionally, clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
• Meet strict deadlines.
• Explain technical terminology and information to the general public.
• Work independently or as part of a team.
• Respond to difficult and sensitive public inquiries.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and
abilities would be:

Education/Training: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban planning, regional planning, environmental studies, architecture, or a related field. A
Master’s degree is desirable.

Experience: Ten years of increasingly responsible professional urban planning experience in local government including project management experience.

License or Certificate:
• Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid driver’s license.
• American Institute of Certified Planners Certification (AICP) is

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Job Details

Job Function
Planning Director
Position Type
Full Time

City of Fernley


595 Silverlace Blvd
Fernley, NV 89408-8547
United States

Form of Government


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