City of Waterbury

Location: Waterbury, Connecticut

City Planner

Job Description: The City Planner performs highly responsible, professional and administrative work. This position directs, actively manages and the leads the Planning Department which includes: Land Use, Wetlands and Zoning, Enforcement. The Planner is responsible for short and long term planning needs of the City including the City Plan of Conservation and Development which was updated in 2015 and will require updating by 2025.

  • Supervises and assigns work to the three Land Use Officers who assist with development plans and permits and enforce the zoning and inland wetland regulations. Works with and provide advice to the following Boards and Commissions: City Plan Commission, Zoning Commission, Inland Wetlands & Watercourses Commission, and Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Oversee long range planning and land use programs and develops appropriate policies
  • Administers, review, and makes recommendations on commercial, recreation, office, industrial and residential development proposal as well as periodic approvals of permits related to land use regulations
  • Cultivates and maintains effective working relationships with public officials, residents, developers, municipal, regional, state and federal agencies—Serves as representative to Council of Governments
  • Provides technical consultation, guidance and staff support to various City planning and land use commissions—ensures coordination of planning and zoning and land use actions with other departments and all commissions
  • Manages department staff and budget

Characteristics of the Ideal Candidate:

  • Thorough knowledge of the theory, principles, and practices of comprehensive land use planning and zoning administration and urban design
  • Ability to supervise, direct and evaluate the work of others and work with appropriate departments to promote a cohesive planning process for the City
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills to prepare reports and presentations to Board sand Commissions; Developers; businesses, elected officials and the public
  • Ability to work with City officials and developers or contractors for new initiatives to insure there are no surprises related to the development process and to make sure all parties are on the same page and respond to keep project moving forward
  • Strong understanding of all the Federal, State and City regulations to inform all parties of what can or cannot be done in accordance with the regulations
  • Availability to meet and work with volunteer Boards and Commission, various task forces, ad-hoc committees and staff teams especially the development team of offices

Qualifications: Master’s degree in planning or related field from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban planning, regional planning, urban design, public administration, business management or a closely related field, plus five years of increasingly responsible experience in comprehensive urban planning preferably with a mid-to large-sized municipality, including two years of administrative and supervisory responsibility; 6 additional years of responsible planning experience is acceptable in lieu of Masters' degree; AICP certification preferred

Challenges and Opportunities:

  • Preparing for the next Plan of Conservation & Development in 2023 (due 2025) including sending out RFP for Consultant
  • Handling the increasing number of issues related to updating stormwater regulations (and more flooding complaints) with the City Engineer as well as the continuing number of vehicle zoning complaints
  • Improving the record retention program, scanning of older documents and organizing files
  • Continue assisting the Mayor’s office and Economic Development Team with city initiatives and new developments
  • Manage various permitting process (use of City View) by improving coordination with the many City, Regional and State development agencies

Compensation and Application Process:

  • City Planner—Salary Range $85,000-$120,000
  • Fringe Benefits—choose from available health insurance plans (employee contributions vary) Prescription Drug Rider, Dental Plan, Group Life Insurance for Individual; Retirement defined contribution 5%/5% each; paid holidays, vacation and sick leave
  • To Apply you must complete an application which can be found on the City website here
  • Or visit Civil Service Office, Chase Municipal Building, 236 Grand St., 2nd Floor, Rm202, Waterbury, CT 06702 for application and notice of position
  • Applications must be submitted —Copies of Degree or Transcripts (official certified copies not required) and applicable Certifications must be submitted with Application. Applications must be submitted via mail to office above or via email at or fax to 203-574-8087. To receive points for Residency and/or Veteran Status—documents (proof of residency, DD214) must be attached to application packet as instructed on HR website. Resumes may be added (but not substituted for application) to packet—all questions must be completed on application
  • This position has a Three (3) year contract provision per City Charter. Testing/Exam process will include oral exam/interview panel
  • If you have questions about the position please contact our consultant, Ms. Randi Frank at or 203-213-3722
  • City of Waterbury is an Equal Opportunity Employer—E.O..E. M/F/H/V

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