Planner – Cary, NC | 4.5.18

Name of Employer: Town of Cary

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Cary, NC

Job title: Planner

Job Details / Description


The Town of Cary is seeking passionate and inquisitive professionals to share in our goal of creating the Local Government That Doesn’t Exist. At the Town of Cary, our employees work together to positively impact lives through exceptional service. We are recruiting for two (2) Planners to perform complex professional work in a variety of assignments in the Planning Department which may include managing rezoning cases, plan review, ordinance drafting and working in areas of comprehensive planning. Position will involve written and oral communication to various audiences including Town Council, boards, commissions and the public. This position will work both independently and in a team environment across multiple departments with limited daily direction. Successful candidates will collaborate in a fast-paced, evolving environment and must be able to adapt to change through continuous learning while empowering others through shared knowledge.

Work is performed under the general supervision of senior members of the staff and requires independent judgment and discretion in the performance of duties. Specific duties and requirements are determined by the area of assignment.

(Note: This is a generic specification for a variety of Planner positions (Planner I, Planner II and Senior Planner). The actual work performed may be similar; however, the Planner II and Senior Planner positions will be expected to perform with greater independence and handle more complex tasks.)

Typical Tasks

(Specific duties may vary based on the area of assignment.)

  • Reviews development plans for commercial and residential sites;
  • Develops, interprets, amends, and enforces ordinances regarding zoning and development;
  • Prepares staff reports and makes presentations to the Town Council;
  • Coordinates and organizes public meetings and charrettes; participates in the facilitation of public meetings, open houses and inter-governmental meetings;
  • Answers questions for citizens, developers, and other town staff regarding planning projects including land use and zoning matters;
  • Assists in the development and implementation of Council initiatives and goals related to long-range planning; prepares, plans, develops and implements elements of the comprehensive plan;
  • Assists in the planning and implementation of various programs related to transit, land use, design guidelines, transportation-related plans and other small area plans;
  • Designs digital databases and uses GIS and other software programs;
  • Oversees and administers the Master Sign Plans;
  • Issues sign permits for all permanent signs; works with sign contractors, developers and business owner on sign issues;
  • Provides staff support to the Zoning Board of Adjustment; prepares variance and appeal requests and presents cases to the Board;
  • Processes applications for rezoning requests; coordinates with other staff members to prepare the required reports;
  • Performs other job-related tasks as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

General knowledge of the philosophies, principles, practices and techniques of land use planning, planning research, zoning, and annexations; general knowledge of landscape architecture practice and urban design; general knowledge of the Development Ordinance and its applications; general knowledge of the sources of data and information; general knowledge of the use of personal computers and common office software; general knowledge of GIS systems; ability to read and interpret ordinances, statutes, plans, blueprints, etc.; ability to plan, organize, supervise and carry out complex research projects effectively and simultaneously; ability to present the results of research effectively in oral, written, and graphic form; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, municipal officials, representatives of other agencies, and members of the general public.

Job Candidate Qualifications

Requires any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in urban planning, landscape architecture, or a closely related field and some experience in professional planning. A graduate degree in a related field may be substituted for years of experience. Requires a valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record.

Preference will be given to candidates that have the following:

  • Ability to work on a variety of tasks while being extremely organized and detail-oriented
  • Desire to seek out, foster and implement change
  • Desire to build collaborative groups within the organization
  • Ability to learn and adapt in an agile environment
  • Effective oral, written and interpersonal communication skills with a customer service focus
  • Plan review experience
  • Permit application review (signs and zoning related) experience
  • Experience reviewing rezoning request
  • Experience interpreting and researching ordinances
  • Experience writing staff reports and making presentations to public officials
  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), Certified Zoning Official (CZO) or other related professional certifications

How to Apply

Apply via the Town of Cary’s employment portal (accessed from Applications will be accepted until April 18, 2018.


Posted on

April 5, 2018

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