Town Planner

Town of Vernon

Vernon, CT United States

Plans, organizes, and performs professional comprehensive planning services in the functional areas of land use, zoning, housing, transportation, and related municipal planning areas; serves as principal technical advisor to the Planning and Zoning Commission, Conservation and the Inland Wetlands Regulatory Agency, and Design Review Commission; administers the Community Development Block grant program.

Receives general policy direction from the Mayor and functional direction from the Town Administrator. Coordinates activities with chairmen of appropriate Boards and/or Commissions. Establishes priorities within policy parameters. Provides general supervision to assigned support staff.

Oversees and performs work in the functional areas of land-use, general planning, and grants administration; oversees and coordinates the review, updating and implementation of the Town's Plan of Development; provides near-term and long-range plans for utilization of land and physical facilities of the Town.

Analyzes the economic, social and physical factors affecting land use and municipal development; administers, reviews, and makes recommendations on commercial, recreational, office, industrial, and residential development proposals; serves as Staff Liaison and provides narrative and statistical reports and services to the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Inland Wetlands Regulatory Agency, Local Historic Properties Commission, Conservation Commission, Capital Improvement, Design Review Commission and other boards, commissions and departments concerned with land use and development as needed. Prepares studies and/or reports upon request of Board, Agency or Commission(s); administers, coordinates, and develops recommendations concerning land use regulations; administers Town Housing rehabilitation programs; prepares grants on behalf of the Town, including but not limited to Small Cities Grant, EPA Grants and Development Grants.

Coordinates program assignments with Regional, State and Federal planning agencies as needed. Participates in the process of reviewing applications and plans for residential and commercial developments.

Conducts field investigations and inspections under varying conditions for planning studies and development applications. Serves as Fair Housing Officer.

Confers with attorneys, builders, and members of the public on planning and development matters. Provides expert testimony in litigation affecting Town planning and development matters. Regular and punctual attendance.

Addresses public and private groups on planning matters; prepares and makes budget recommendations for department; administers adopted department budget. Maintains and administers bonding requirements for development projects.

Develops applications for intergovernmental assistance; participates in professional planning organizations to remain current on technological and legal developments and change. Attends other day/evening meetings on an as-needed basis. Other duties as required.

The work characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of strategic municipal planning and zoning; ability to acquire a working knowledge of Connecticut statutes and local ordinances concerning land use and development; ability to direct and coordinate a complex municipal planning operation; ability to create, analyze and interpret planning/zoning reports, studies and blueprints; ability to analyze complex interrelationships and identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, draw conclusions or approaches to problems to implement solutions; ability to actively listen, communicate effectively both orally and in writing; ability to lead and supervise staff, ability to deal effectively with officials, business owners and the general public.

Master's degree in city, urban, or regional planning or a closely related field, and four years' experience as an urban or regional planner with two years of supervisory experience. Any equivalent combination of education and experience.

To apply: — Deadline August 3, 2019

Experience Level
Mid II (4-8 years)
AICP Level
Land Use and Development Regulation and Zoning
Salary Range
$80,758.21 - $95,906.00

Contact Information

14 Park Place
Vernon, CT
United States
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