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City of Big Spring

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Job title: City Planner
Job location: Big Spring, TX 79720 United States
Requisition code:
Date posted: 06/20/14
Job type: Full-Time
Compensation: $30.147-$33.277 per hour
Paid health and life insurance
Dental Insurance
Texas Municipal Retirement System
Deferred Compensation
Cafeteria Plan
Tuition Reimbursement
Employee Wellness Program

Job Classification

Job Category:Planning

Job Description

Job description:
•Perform professional level planning work in current planning activities, including zoning changes, variances, special exceptions, site plans, platting and subdivisions; provide case management in accordance with policies and procedures established for the development review process.
•Perform professional level planning work in comprehensive planning activities, including conducting background research and data collection; formulating long-range land use plans, development policies, and special planning studies; and preparing reports and plans.
•Assist in neighborhood planning and preservation activities, including conducting background research and data collection; preparing preservation plans and strategies; coordinating with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs; and serving as liaison to neighborhood groups and citizens.
•Assist the Director of Public Works in compiling accurate staff reports and other case materials for timely submission to the City Council; maintain case files according to established procedures.
•Explain basic regulations, programs and plans to assist citizens, developers, engineers, and the general public.
•Prepare maps, drawings and other graphics including making property site and field visits; prepare property site plans, zoning plans and sketches in ArcGIS and planning-related softwares; and maintain and update official City maps, including the zoning, annexation, ETJ and similar maps.
•Prepare, commit to, and implement a structured, self-directed program of continuing professional education that leads to certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners; fulfill other professional education obligations as the Director may require; subscribe to the AICP Code of Ethics.
•Answer and direct public inquiries in person, by phone, or through e-mail.
•Assist in compiling data for data summaries and research reports.
•Reproduce copies of zoning and other maps and drawings.
•Deliver meeting packets to Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment members.
•Perform other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

Education, training, experience:
•Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in urban planning or closely related field.
•A minimum of 4 years of experience in Planning is preferred. A master’s degree in urban planning may substitute for 2 years of experience. A bachelor’s degree in urban planning or a master’s degree in a closely related field may substitute for 1 year of experience.
•Possession of a valid Class C Texas driver's license.
•AICP preferred
•Knowledge of ArcGIS or similar computer mapping system
•Knowledge of general drafting and graphics.
•Knowledge of basic research methods.
•Knowledge of theory, principles and practices of land use planning.
•Knowledge of zoning, land use and subdivision procedures and requirements.
•Knowledge of form based ordinances and development.
•Skill in reading complex maps and plans.
•Skill in operating various reproduction equipment.
•Skill in operating ArcGIS or similar mapping systems..
•Ability to interpret and explain city land use, zoning, subdivision and general planning laws and regulations.
•Ability to prepare graphic illustrations, maps and drawings.
•Ability to read and use city tax rolls.
•Ability to analyze and compile technical and statistical information.
•Ability to work independently in the absence of supervision.
•Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work, including city staff and the general public.

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