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Position:                       City Planner                                                  

Department:                 Infrastructure and Development                

Job Category:              PAT

Reports To:                   Director                                  

SALARY:                       $45,787.50-$50,875.00 Annually

Status:                          Full-time

FLSA Status:                Exempt


To perform this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed in this document are representative of the knowledge,skill, and/or ability required.  The City of Richmond provides reasonable accommodation to qualified employees and applicants with known disabilities who require accommodation to complete application process or perform essential functions of the job, unless accommodation would cause an undue hardship.            



Serves as City Planner, responsible for guiding the growth of the city in compliance with the Comprehensive Plan and Unified Development Ordinance.



Advises private developers, attorneys, architects, engineers, and citizens on what development is allowed in various parts of town, how projects can be structured, and the necessary steps to follow to gain approval. Works in close contact with public officials as public developments and comprehensive plan evolves.

Implements existing codes and procedures involving the Plan Commission and Board of

Zoning Appeals. Assists interested parties through necessary approval stages at Board of

Zoning Appeals, Planning Commission and Common Council. 

Reviews applications for zoning and variance changes.  Makes formal recommendations for approval or denial to Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals. 

Authorizes issuance of zoning, building, and service permits. Reviews proposed subdivision plans and zoning requests for conformance with local codes and with the Comprehensive Plan. Provides comment on planning process as it impacts cultural resources.

Manages software to aid in placing permitting and complaint processes online. Assists in increasing department technology capacity in order to work more efficiently and progressively. 

Responds to citizen inquiries regarding appropriate land use as applied to established local,state, and federal laws, rules, and guidelines. 

Prepares technical planning document reports, studies and graphics. 

Assists Executive Director with other duties when assigned. 

Performs other duties as assigned by supervision. 

The above statements reflect the general details considered necessary to describe the principal function of the job and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the job.



Baccalaureate degree in Planning, Public Administration or related field. 

Working knowledge of and ability to apply knowledge of land use laws, zoning code as it relates to the Comprehensive Plan, planning principles, urban economics, and religious and environmental law. 

Ability to assist in coordination of the city’s growth with other city agencies and ensure conformance with local codes. 

Ability to research issues such as electronic data processing, signage, planned unit development,comprehensive plan development, in-fill housing and wellhead protection. 

Ability to speak publicly on planning subject matters, prepare reports, make public presentations and serve on various boards and committees. 

Ability to work alone with minimum supervision and with others in a team environment. 

Ability to manage and supervise planning, permit administration, GIS, and building inspection staff. 

Ability to read and interpret blue prints and construction work plans. 

Working knowledge of standard English grammar, spelling and punctuation, standard office procedures, and ability to properly operate a variety of standard office equipment, including computer, printer, various software programs, telephone,typewriter, copier, fax machine, plotter, and calculator. 

Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing to co-workers, other government agencies,contractors, boards, commissions, and members of the general public, including being sensitive to ethics, gender, cultural diversities, and disabilities. 

Ability to provide public access to or maintain confidentiality of department information and records according to state requirements.  

Ability to comply with all employer and department policies and work rules, including but not limited to attendance, safety, drug-free workplace, and personal conduct.

Ability to competently serve the public with diplomacy and respect, including occasional encounters with irate/hostile persons. 

Ability to occasionally work extended, weekend, and evening hours, and periodically travel out of town, sometimes overnight. 

Possession of a valid Indiana Driver’s License and demonstrated safe driving record.



Incumbent performs duties which are varied in scope, but are of substantial intricacy involving many variables and considerations.Incumbent exercises independent judgment in interpreting and applying ordinances to individual cases.



Incumbent applies department policies and procedures and legal requirements, referring unprecedented situations to supervisor. Incumbent receives general supervision with decisions and work product reviewed primarily for compliance with department policies and legal requirements.



Incumbent requires regular contact with co-workers, other government agencies, contractors,boards, commissions, and members of the general public for the purposes of explaining and interpreting policies and procedures, and exchanging information. 

Incumbent reports directly to the Executive Director.



Incumbent performs duties in a standard office environment involving close and far vision, speaking clearly, and hearing sounds/communication.   No unusual physical

demands are associated with the position.

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