Planning Director

Town of Southbury

Southbury, CT United States

The Town of Southbury is hiring a full-time Planning Director to oversee the Land Use Department.   The position is 35 hours/week and offers a comprehensive benefits package.  The successful candidate will be able to exercise discretionary and independent judgement to administer, enforce, and interpret State Statutes, Town of Southbury regulations and the Town's Plan of Conservation and Development.  Requires administration of the land use regulatory process for the Planning, Zoning, and Inland Wetland Commissions, supervision of Land Use Department staff and development and management of the department budget. 

Duties and Responsibilities 

Prepares and coordinates the preparation of studies, designs and plans relating to municipal development issues and land use. Provides technical advice, information and policy recommendations on matters related to land use development, zoning, capital improvements, subdivisions, storm water management and inland wetland issues. Responsible for guiding growth in accordance with the Plan of Conservation & Development document and updates the plan every 10 years per State Statute.

Administers, supervises, reviews, evaluates and makes recommendations related to applications to the Planning Commission, such as special permits, site plans and subdivision approvals and receives and releases bonds. Serves as professional staff to the Planning Commission in regards to implementing regulations and assisting the Commission regarding implementing planning practices and guiding development. Serves as professional staff to other Boards, Commission and Committees that address Land Use issues.  Prepares and administers the Land Use department budget as delegated and directs the daily operations of the Land Use office.

Confers with and interprets code and regulation requirements to planners, builders, architects, engineers, surveyors, trades people, realtors, appraisers, lawyers and the public.  Coordinates and manages GIS-Geographic Information System with various departments and vendor.  Advises potential applicants of what they should consider prior to completing an application, receives and reviews applications for completeness and advises applicant of plan consideration data by the Planning Commission.

Required Qualifications

B. A. Degree in Planning or related field and five years of experience in the land use field.  American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Certification or obtain within two years of hire.  CAZEO certification or obtain within 2 years of hire.  GIS experience required.  An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. 

Applications and job description are available at  Please email completed application and resume to Noreen Thompson at  The deadline for applications is May 24, 2022. 

The Town of Southbury is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of the workforce.  EOE/AA 

Experience Level
Mid II (4-8 years)
AICP Level
Land Use and Development Regulation and Zoning
Salary Range

Contact Information

Noreen Thompson
501 Main Street South
Southbury, CT
United States
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