Planning and Zoning Administrator

City of Lorain

Department: Building, Housing and Planning

Reports to: Director of Building Housing and Planning

FLSA: Non-Exempt Position

Summary: Under general supervision, performs professional work in the field of current and/or comprehensive planning; and provides information and assistance to developers, the business community and the public on planning and development related matters. Serves as Secretary for the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals without voting power; Attends Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals meetings to technical expertise to the Planning Commissions, prepares staff recommendation memorandums to the planning commission as it related to items considered for passage. The planning and zoning administrator maintains the official copy of the Zoning Map; Records amendments to the zoning map as required; Enforces city zoning ordinances.

Distinguishing Features of the Class: This position performs diverse, complex assignments, which require extensive coordination with City departments, and other local or regional jurisdictions and agencies to optimize the effectiveness of the City's land use, infrastructure, growth and development while protecting the health, safety and welfare of the community's inhabitants. The Planning and Zoning Administrator usually works independently, the work is subject to direction by the Director of Building Housing and Planning

Duties and Responsibilities 1. Performs and manages complex and sensitive professional planning projects, research and analysis 2. Monitors and ensures compliance with local, state and federal laws 3. Oversees specialized planning functions such as large-scale new development proposals and environmental studies 4. Provides overall management of planning issues 5. Advises the Building, Housing and Planning Director on all planning-related matters 6. Advises various councils, boards, commissions and elected officials in planning-related issues 7. Supervises the Transportation Modeling Division of Planning Department 8. Serves as liaison and performs all necessary functions in support of Planning Commission 9. Assigns work to professional staff and ensures appropriate training is provided 10. Evaluates operations and activities of assigned responsibilities 11. Prepares reports on operations and activities, recommending improvements and modifications 12. Participates in budget preparation and administration, monitors and controls expenditures 13. Attends substantial number of evening and weekend meetings 14. Serves as the technical advisor to the Planning Commission, The Board of Zoning appeals and the Design Review Board 15. Other duties as required.

Necessary Competencies: 1. Must be innovative, detail-oriented, experienced in highly visible/controversial projects 2. Capable of managing multiple, high-priority assignments 3. Strong interpersonal skills to develop good working relationships at various levels and to resolve complaints 4. Strong analytical skills to interpret research data for reports and apply mathematic techniques in practical situations 5. Reading comprehension to understand technical and legal materials. 6. Ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously 7. Ability to provide effective supervision and staff management 8. Ability to manage projects effectively and meet firm deadlines

Requirements 1. Thorough knowledge of urban planning and development and local government policies and procedures 2. Thorough knowledge of specialization such as housing, zoning, historic preservation, and economic development 3. Research methods and statistical principles related to urban growth and development 4. Methods and techniques of effective technical report preparation and presentation 5. Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations including recent changes 6. Budgeting procedures and techniques 7. Recent developments, current literature and sources of information related to municipal planning and administration. 8. Knowledge of local government procedures and practices 9. Citizen involvement techniques and processes 10. Knowledge of computer hardware and software programs, which may include Microsoft Office, Internet applications, econometric or transportation modeling, database management, or GIS

Education and Experience: Education and Experience: Undergraduate degree in Planning, Urban Studies, Public Administration, Public Policy, Architecture or a closely related field. OR (5) years of related experience in planning and zoning. Preferred Education, Master’s Degree in Urban Planning, Public Administration, Real Estate Development or a closely related field AICP certification is strongly preferred and at least (2) years’ experience in planning and zoning administration. OR (8) years of experience in planning and zoning administration.

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