Planner I

Salary: $53,726 - $77,318 Annually (DOQ)
Shift: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Evening meetings required.
Recruitment Period: Open Until Filled

Job Description

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Education and Experience:  Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Planning, Urban Studies, Architecture or related field.  Master’s Degree preferred.

Licenses and Certifications:  Valid Oklahoma Driver’s License and satisfactory motor vehicle record. 

Knowledge:  Applicable state, federal and local laws, rules and regulations.  Methods and techniques of research, statistical analysis and report presentation, including spreadsheets.  Principles and practices of city planning, zoning, and development process.

Skills:  Reading and interpreting zoning and plot maps.  Interpreting City ordinances related to zoning, subdivision and signage.  Interpersonal skills necessary to effectively interact with internal staff, citizens, and contractors, to insure compliance with design specifications and zoning codes; responding to citizens’ questions regarding zoning concerns; and consulting with builders and developers in reviewing plans for development.  Analytical abilities are required to integrate and interpret data from various sources and to plan, develop, and implement reasonable strategies.  Preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence, and other written materials.  Organizing work, meeting critical deadlines, and following up assignments with a minimum of direction.  Communicating clearly and effectively both orally and in writing. 

Duties and Responsibilities:  Responds to citizens’ inquiries regarding interpretation and assists in reviewing and implementation of codes, zoning and land use.  Assists walk-in traffic and daily calls for information requests.  Performs professional work in current and long-range planning.  Researches and provides information to the department and supervisor on various community development issues; studies, plans and monitors local development issues.  Analyzes and reviews development proposals or applications such as re-zoning requests, land use plan amendments, variance applications, and building permits with appropriate principles, regulations and policies.  Works with different commissions and committees including: Historic District Commission, Greenbelt Commission, Board of Adjustment and Planning Commission.  Researches and prepares reports regarding ordinance changes, long-range planning issues, and general planning studies.  Assists in review of ordinances and regulations affecting a variety of development issues; assists in preparation of items and memos for the Planning Commission; represents the City at various meetings.  Organizes and facilitates meetings with developers and community groups to introduce and discuss new development proposals and planning projects.  Answers planning, zoning and development process questions from citizens, developers and other agencies.  Advises architects, builders, attorneys, contactors, engineers and the public on the City’s Comprehensive Plan – NORMAN 2025, development policies, procedures and standards and other land use matters. Evaluates land use proposals for conformity to established plans and ordinances and compliance with applicable local, state or federal laws; evaluates proposals’ development impact as they related to the adopted plans for the City.  Conducts field inspections to verify compliance with approved plans and conditions.  Reviews and approves building permits for zoning compliance.  Performs other related work as required.

Working Conditions:  Works in a normal office environment where there are little or no physical discomforts associated with changes in weather or discomforts associated with noise, dust, dirt, and the like. Night meetings required.  Occasionally performs fieldwork outdoors.

Mental and Physical Abilities:  Ability to maintain regular, predictable and punctual attendance.  Mental/visual effort required due to sustained periods of concentration with constant breaks in concentration associated with answering phones or speaking in person to citizens or staff requiring assistance.  Limited amount of physical effort required associated with walking, standing, lifting, and carrying light objects (less than 25 lb.) 5 - 10% of work time. 

Additional Information:  Selected applicant must pass background investigation and drug screen.

Planning and Development