Location: Asheville, NC

Urban Planner II - Current Planning

Salary: $51,700.69 - $77,561.54 Annually

Closing: 7/22/2022

The City of Asheville is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Urban Planner II with the Planning and Urban Design Department. This position is tasked with professional level planning functions related to development and design reviews and to perform analysis and make staff recommendations regarding planning projects as assigned.

Exempt position; Full-Time 37.5 Hours Per Week; Typical hours are Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm . A hybrid work schedule (part remote and in-office) is allowed per city and department policies.

Essential Functions
The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Performs site plan and design review for various projects, such as conditional zonings, rezonings, development projects of mid- to high-level complexity and size, subdivisions and voluntary annexations; assists in pre-application conferences; conducts review of development projects for technical and policy compliance and alignment; tracks and publicizes projects; presents at Technical Review Committee, City Council and other board and commission meetings; coordinates post-entitlement process; and conducts final inspections.
  • Evaluates and analyzes proposals and related data and information: evaluates planning proposals to ensure compliance with applicable laws, codes, ordinances, and related regulatory standards; evaluates environmental, statistical, impact and related information and data; identifies non-compliance and adverse impacts; and recommends mitigation measures and other appropriate actions.
  • Advocates excellence in urban design through the review of development projects consistent with adopted plans, design guidelines and best practices.
  • Prepares a wide variety of materials, reports and documentation for public hearings, various meetings and board presentations; provides presentations and information to supervisors, boards, commissions, civic groups and the public; develops, coordinates and facilitates community engagement for projects; and publicizes/provides notices for projects as required.
  • Communicates with City administrators and elected officials, supervisor, other City employees, contractors, attorneys, architects, designers, the public, outside agencies and organizations, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, resolve problems, or provide professional and technical assistance and consultation; and provides consistently professional and responsive customer service.
  • Drafts zoning ordinances and design guidelines by defining needed ordinance change, researching and preparing options and presenting proposed ordinance to various groups.
  • Responds to requests for planning information and inquiries on planning topics, monitors development, land use and zoning trends and prepares reports and presentations.
  • Participates in preparation and administration of state and federal grants, inter-local agreements, land development regulations, and special studies as directed: gathers data; conducts research; and prepares and submits related applications, documentation, and reports.
  • Mentors junior level planning staff on a project-by-project basis.
  • Performs various statistical research and comparative analyses: compiles, maintains and updates planning operational data; analyzes planning data; forecasts and identifies future planning and growth management deficiencies, trends, and problems in area of assignment; evaluates impacts to proposed planning objectives and application to areas of responsibility; and assists in development of planning improvements and modifying proposed objectives accordingly.
  • May assist in the development of long range planning projects and other related initiatives.
  • Researches projects; prepares related reports and documentation; attends a variety of meetings, workshops, and public forums with applicants and citizens; gathers feedback and answers questions; assists in explaining and providing information regarding planning, land use, zoning, transportation, or other project components; evaluates and analyzes potential project outcomes; and represents interests, policies, goals, and objectives of the City.
  • Processes a variety of documentation associated with department/division operations, within designated timeframes and per established procedures: receives, reviews, prepares, completes, processes, forwards or retains as appropriate various forms, reports, correspondence, census data and population statistics, draft ordinances, site plans, architectural designs, planning reports, maps, and other documentation; compiles data for further processing or for use in preparation of department reports; and maintains computerized and/or hardcopy records.
  • Operates a personal computer and operates general office or other equipment as necessary to complete essential functions.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s Degree in City Planning, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Planning, Urban Studies, Architecture, Geography, Civil Engineering or a related field required; supplemented by a minimum of two years of experience in planning in one or more of these areas: urban planning, urban design, community development, zoning code administration and enforcement or a related area; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.

Specific License or Certification Required
Must possess and maintain a valid North Carolina driver’s license. An American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification is desirable but not required.

Specific Knowledge, Skills, or Abilities
Must be able to demonstrate proficiency in performance of the essential functions and learn, comprehend, and apply all City or departmental policies, practices, and procedures necessary to function effectively in the position.

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