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Location: Lancaster, PA

Senior Planner – Bureau of Planning

Salary range: $53,782.14 - $75,294.99

Lancaster, PA (Pop. 61,564) - The City of Lancaster is located in south central Pennsylvania and serves as the county seat of Lancaster County and is one of the oldest inland towns in the United States. The city has a total area of 7.4 square miles and is centrally located between Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia. The City was listed as the #32 in “Best Places to Live in the U.S.” by Newsweek in 2018 and Lancaster County was named #1 “Best Place in the Country to Retire” by U.S. News & World Report in 2019. Additionally, Forbes ranked it “14 Best Places to Travel in the U.S.” in 2019.

Primary Function
The Senior Planner is the principal city officer charged with land development design and the administration and enforcement of the City’s Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance (SALDO). The employee in this class acts in compliance with the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code and with the standards and requirements of the City’s adopted Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance. The Senior Planner provides critical urban design analysis for site development, corridor development, and neighborhood-scale projects, including composing and exhibiting designs. In addition to land development and design, the Senior Planner also functions as the City’s Floodplain Administrator, assuring compliance of City ordinances with federal and state floodplain requirements; undertakes the environmental review of City projects as required by federal and state grant programs; performs research and analysis of population, housing, the environment, multi-modal transportation, and other data relative to urban planning and implementation of the City of Lancaster Comprehensive Plan and adopted and/or endorsed strategic plans; assists with preparation and administration of grant applications for projects/programs consistent with urban sustainability goals and objectives; and performs other tasks related to the functions of the Bureau of Planning as necessary.

Education, Training and Experience
▪ Graduation from high school or completion of a GED is required.
▪ Graduation from a four-year college or university with major course work in urban planning, architecture, urban
design, environmental studies, or related field; and two (2) years of experience in municipal planning work,
including one year of experience doing design analysis and technical reviews of subdivision and land development
plans is required. A graduate degree may substitute for 2 years work experience.
▪ Any equivalent combination of training and experience as determined suitable by hiring supervisor.

Licenses and Certificates
▪ Possession of a valid Pennsylvania State Driver’s License is required.
▪​ AICP certification, AIA licensure, or landscape architecture licensure is desired.

Comments
▪ Requires frequent walking and standing.
▪ Requires climbing of steps and ladders.
▪ Requires walking on unpaved, uneven ground with changes in elevation and unmaintained vegetation.
▪ Requires operation of a motor vehicle.
▪ Requires occasional lifting of up to 30 pounds of job-related materials or supplies.

Primary Functions
The Senior Planner is the principal city officer charged with land development design and the administration and enforcement of the City’s Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance (SALDO). The employee in this class acts in compliance with the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code and with the standards and requirements of the City’s adopted Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance. The Senior Planner provides critical urban design analysis for site development, corridor development, and neighborhood-scale projects, including composing and exhibiting designs. In addition to land development and design, the Senior Planner also functions as the City’s Floodplain Administrator, assuring compliance of City ordinances with federal and state floodplain requirements; undertakes the environmental review of City projects as required by federal and state grant programs; performs research and analysis of population, housing, the environment, multi-modal transportation, and other data relative to urban planning and implementation of the City of Lancaster Comprehensive Plan and adopted and/or endorsed strategic plans; assists with preparation and administration of grant applications for projects/programs consistent with urban sustainability goals and objectives; and performs other tasks related to the functions of the Bureau of Planning as necessary.

Principal Duties & Responsibilities
▪ Follows safe practices in the performance of the position duties.
▪ Administers land use regulations of the City and works extensively with project engineers, designers, and developers,
coordinating meetings between project representatives and City review staff as needed.
▪ Performs technical reviews of all subdivision and land development plans to ensure compliance with the SALDO.
▪ Provides insightful design analysis of public realm and buildings and how they work together, which includes producing
visual renderings and written descriptions on the layout and configuration of sites, corridors, and neighborhoods.
▪ Integrates urban design best practices into City design guides, ordinances, strategic plans, and community outreach.
▪ Prepares maps, graphics, charts and other visual aids as needed to support presentations and/or reports.
▪ Supports with strategic planning efforts at all scales (site, corridor, neighborhood, and comprehensive) by providing
design analysis, technical writings, and visual aids.
▪ Performs administrative duties related to public meetings of the Planning Commission, including preparation of agendas
and meeting minutes, written staff recommendations to the Planning Commission, follow-up reports to applicants, and
overseeing compliance with Commission conditions of plan approval.
▪ Ensures that other City ordinances and regulations are considered in subdivision and land development plans.
▪ Manages the financial guarantee component of approved land development plans and processes requests for reductions
in the guarantee amount.
▪ Performs field inspections of improvements required by approved plans, with collaboration as needed with appropriate
Public Works staff members.
▪ Maintains records of all filed subdivision and land development plans and of follow-up inspections of projects.
▪ Performs community outreach to promote a healthy, sustainable, and inclusive urban environment.
▪ Researches planning and development practices and regulations in other cities with historic, mixed-use character and
diverse populations that could be applicable to the City of Lancaster.
▪ Participates in the City’s coordination with the U.S. Census Bureau in preparation for Census, including the review of the
address data base and Complete Count Committee Coordination.
▪ Assists with preparation and administration of grant applications for projects enhancing the City’s urban environment.
▪ Collaborates with Public Works on sustainability programs, such as multi-modal transportation, green infrastructure,
climate action, and improved air and water quality.
▪ May serve on County and local community committees or task forces focused on planning and environmental matters at
the discretion of the Bureau Chief.
▪ Investigates and implements civil proceedings as a means of enforcement of the Subdivision and Land Development
Ordinance after consulting with the Bureau Chief of Planning, Department Director and City Solicitor.
▪ Performs related work as required.

Position Qualifications

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
▪ Knowledge of the land development, zoning, and other general development processes.
▪ Knowledge of urban and regional planning practices, projects, and case law.
▪ Proven proficiency in the Microsoft (or similar) suite of tools (Word, Excel, Outlook. PowerPoint) is required.
▪ Ability to compose and exhibit visual aids for design analysis of sites, corridors, and neighborhoods using industry
standard software such as ArcGIS, AutoCAD, and 2-D and 3-D rendering software (e.g., Adobe Creative Suite,
SketchUp). Hand sketching is also desirable.
▪ Ability to enter data as required into the City’s computer-based record management system.
▪ Ability to read, speak, write and comprehend English
▪ Ability to speak and comprehend Spanish is desirable.
▪ Ability to perform mathematical calculations, including but not limited to basic arithmetic and geometry.
▪ Ability to make inspections and to ascertain facts through investigations.
▪ Ability to read and interpret building and site plans, plots, maps and legal descriptions.
▪ Ability to meet with the public and to explain and enforce rules and procedures firmly and courteously.
▪ Ability to effectively interpret, explain and apply statutes, regulations, departmental policies and operating policies.
▪ Ability to prepare and present oral and written reports.
▪ Ability to operate a vehicle on private and public streets is required.
▪ Proven ability to work independently and use proper judgement with minimal supervision.
▪ Proven ability to work as part of a team and to collaborate successfully with other City staff is required.
▪ Proven ability to adapt to new or changed situations and to show flexibility in making improvements in work processes
and operations is required.
▪ Proven ability to exhibit customer-centered behaviors and to focus on customer needs is required.
▪ Proven ability to commit to excellence in service and to continuous improvement is required.
▪ Proven ability to work with and treat with respect people of diverse cultural, ethnic and social backgrounds.

Education, Training and Experience
▪ Graduation from high school or completion of a GED is required.
▪ Graduation from a four-year college or university with major course work in urban planning, architecture, urban design,
environmental studies, or related field; and two (2) years of experience in municipal planning work, including one year of
experience doing design analysis and technical reviews of subdivision and land development plans is required. A
graduate degree may substitute for 2 years work experience.
▪ Any equivalent combination of training and experience as determined suitable by hiring supervisor.

Licenses and Certificates
▪ Possession of a valid Pennsylvania State Driver’s License is required.
▪ AICP certification, AIA licensure, or landscape architecture licensure is desired.

Environmental Conditions
▪ Exposed to inclement weather and extreme temperature, including extended periods of walking outdoors.
▪ Works outdoors and indoors with, or without, heat and/or air conditioning.
▪ Exposure to noise and pollution.
▪ Indoors, environmentally controlled.

Safety Equipment Used or Needed
▪ The City provides the use of safety glasses, hard hats, gloves, etc.

Comments
▪ Requires frequent walking and standing.
▪ Requires climbing of steps and ladders.
▪ Requires walking on unpaved, uneven ground with changes in elevation and unmaintained vegetation.
▪ Requires operation of a motor vehicle.
▪ Requires occasional lifting of up to 30 pounds of job-related materials or supplies.
▪ This description was prepared to indicate the kinds of activities and levels of work difficulty required of positions in this
class. It is not intended as a complete list of specific duties and responsibilities.