Planning Technician

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Submission Deadline

October 15, 2021

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Position: Planning Technician

Dept/Div:  Infrastructure & Development

FLSA Status:  Non-Exempt

Reports to: City Planner                                                                        

Salary range: $31,257.00-$40,634.00

General Definition of Work

Performs intermediate administrative support work providing comprehensive plan implementation assistance, zoning-related inspections, reporting and follow-up, project oversight, grant-related assistance and technical assistance, and related work as apparent or assigned. Work is performed under the moderate supervision of the City Planner.

Qualification Requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Essential Functions

Serves as Zoning Information Liaison to the public regarding zoning related projects and compliance with Comprehensive Planning Commission and Unified Development Ordinances; performs routine and complaint driven inspections; manages process of citations.

Manages process of bringing petitions before Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals; provides technical support regarding zoning ordinances; prepares and maintains schedules set by state requirements.

Serves as staff to various city boards and commissions including the Historic Preservation Commission.

Serves as planning staff to oversee developments ensuring conditions and commitments placed upon a development are being met.

Drafts correspondence and memos for department head and City Planner as needed; completes folders with labels, filing of the zoning applications, BZA and PC folders.

Organizes and creates reporting systems and follows through on zoning- related ordinances (Aquifer Ordinance).

Serves as planning staff to assist with the assigning of addresses for new developments and subdivisions correcting addresses as needed.  

Serves as planning staff to assist with signage related infractions including sign inspections, sign removal and sending violations to individuals, businesses, and industries if in noncompliance with the sign ordinance.  

Answers phones, serves as back up to permits desk and performs all functions of Permits Administrator when administrator is not available; performs other duties as assigned by Department Head.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Thorough knowledge of municipal land use, development ordinances, real estate development, zoning regulations, subdivision regulations, building codes, other construction related ordinances, and other related City rules and procedures; thorough knowledge of planning disciplines; general knowledge of theory, principals, and practices of community development; thorough knowledge of the laws, policies and procedures, and other regulations related to building inspection and construction, general knowledge of GISt; skill in the use of personal computers, associated software packages, hardware, Microsoft Suite, and peripheral equipment; skill with public and/or customer service; skill in project and time management and relationship building; ability to read and interpret construction files and plans; ability to interpret and explain City policies codes; ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing; ability to deal courteously and effectively with the public; ability to conduct thorough inspections; ability to prepare and present reports; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, supervisors, boards and commissions, business owners, developers, property owners,  and the general public.

Education and Experience

High School diploma or GED and minimal experience with planning and zoning principles customer service, codes, effective communication skills, GIS, ordinances, resolutions, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Physical Requirements

This works requires the occasional exertion of up to 25 pounds of force; work regularly requires sitting, speaking or hearing, using hands to finger, handle or feel and repetitive motions and occasionally requires standing, walking, stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling, reaching with hands and arms and pushing or pulling; work requires close vision, distance vision, depth perception and color perception; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word and conveying detailed or important instructions to others accurately, loudly or quickly; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels; work requires preparing and analyzing written or computer data, using of measuring devices and operating machines; work occasionally requires exposure to outdoor weather conditions; work is generally in a moderately noisy location (e.g. business office, light traffic).

Special Requirements

Valid driver’s license in the State of Indiana.

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