Planning Technician

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Submission Deadline

September 19, 2019

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POSITION:              Planning Technician 


DEPARTMENT: Metropolitan Development 

REPORTS TO: City Planner 

SALARY:                 $30,987.90-$34,431.00/annually

Full-Time, Non-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 Planning Technician for the Department of Infrastructure & Development and is responsible for providing comprehensive plan implementation assistance, zoning related inspections, zoning related reporting and follow-up, project oversight, grant related assistance and technical assistance. 



Responsible for providing technical expertise regarding zoning related projects.

Serves as information liaison to the public regarding planning and zoning questions. 

Serves as assistant to GIS Coordinator and works with GIS Coordinator as directed. 

Serves as assistant to Community Development Specialist and works with Community Development Specialist as directed.  

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

Serves as planning staff to assist with zoning related infractions.  Required to perform routine inspections and issue citations as needed.  

Responsible for coordinating volunteers to oversee the implementation, and related projects, of the City of Richmond Comprehensive Plan goals and objectives.   

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

Responsible for organizing, creating reporting systems and follow through for zoning related ordinances such as the Aquifer Ordinance.  

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

Responsible for working with individuals, businesses and industry regarding signage. 

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

Assists with grants and other community development related functions.  

Assists with other duties when assigned. 

Performs other duties as assigned by the City Planner. 

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.


Bachelor’s Degree required in Planning, Business Administration, Public Administration, or related field preferred.  

Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite including, Word, Excel, Publisher, Access, etc. as well as database administration and basic graphic design related software. 

Knowledge and ability to use ArcView Software. 

Ability to create graphic presentations, maps and artwork for presentations, grant applications and other documents. 

Knowledge and ability to manage complex databases for administration and growth of the online permitting software system.  

Practical and working knowledge of planning principles. 

Thorough knowledge of and the ability to apply federal, state, and local zoning laws and regulations.  

Ability to learn, understand and use the ordinances and resolutions pertaining to the City of Richmond codes and related laws as they pertain to developments. 

Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with co-workers and a wide range of individuals which includes federal, state, and city officials, city personnel, citizen board members, business people, and members of the general public,being sensitive to professional ethics, gender, cultural diversities and disabilities. 

Working knowledge of Standard English grammar, spelling and punctuation and the ability to compile, develop and evaluate data, make determinations, and make presentations of findings in both oral and written form as required. 

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

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

Knowledge of and the ability to operate standard office equipment, including calculator/adding machine, computer, telephone, copy machine, and fax machine. 

Ability to research issues such as electronic data processing, signage, planned unit development and comprehensive plan development. 

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 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 occasionally work extended hours including weekends and evening hours and periodically travel out of town. 

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 guidelines to individual cases. 

Incumbent requires occasional supervision while working toward a definite objective.  Receives input and direction regarding own work within the guidelines of established
procedures.  Incumbent refers unusual matters to supervision for additional guidance. 

Errors, such as failure to comply with regulatory requirements, can be serious and are usually not subject to direct verification.  Losses can have a direct financial impact on department and public, such as lost time and financial obligation.  Errors can result in exposure to moderate financial liability to the department and can adversely affect
relationships throughout the department or groups within the community.


Incumbent’s assignments and objectives are developed by the incumbent and supervisor using the City’s standard operating policies, general objectives and procedures.  Incumbent
must consult with supervision when interpretations of department policies, programs, or expenditures are thought to be necessary. The incumbent must have the supervisor’s permission to deviate from standard operating procedures.  Decisions are always determined by specific instructions or existing policies and procedures.  

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 inside and outside contacts to carry out organization policies and programs.  Inappropriate manner and handling will have considerable effect on
operating results.  The incumbent may occasionally deal with persons in authority or those of high rank on matters requiring explanation, persuasion, or obtaining of approvals.  The incumbent must be able to work in a team environment with other members of the department and the community accepting responsibility for positive outcomes.

Incumbent reports directly to the City Planner.


Incumbent performs duties in a standard office environment, involving sitting/walking at will, sitting for long periods, lifting/carrying objects weighing 25-50 pounds, crouching/kneeling, bending, reaching, keyboarding, close vision, color/depth perception, hearing sounds/communication, speaking clearly and handling/grasping/fingering objects.  Incumbent is frequently exposed to normal hazards associated with construction/survey sites, including equipment, traffic, dirt, dust, vehicle fumes, noise, extreme temperatures and wet/icy conditions.  Incumbent may be required to wear protective clothing and/or equipment.  Safety precautions must be followed at all times to avoid injury to self
and others. Incumbent may occasionally be exposed to irate individuals.  Incumbent occasionally travels out of town for training.

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