Planner II/Senior Planner – Cary, NC | 8.9.18

Name of Employer: Town of Cary

Employer Website:

Cary, NC

Job title: Planner II/Senior Planner

Job Details / Description

Hiring Salary: $53,976.00 – $98,217.60

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 a Planner II or Senior Planner to perform complex professional work in a variety of assignments which may include strategic planning, facilitation of infill and redevelopment projects, managing rezoning cases, plan review, writing and presenting ordinance amendments and working in areas of comprehensive planning. Position will require proficient written and oral communication skills to communicate to various audiences including Town Council, boards, commissions, the development community 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. Demonstrated knowledge of urban design, mixed use concepts, infill and redevelopment are desired.

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.

Typical Tasks:

(Specific duties may vary depending on work demands.)

  • Reviews commercial and residential development plans for consistency with policies and ordinances; coordinates comments, oversees approval and processing of final documents; and facilitates conflict resolution if there are discrepancies between the proposal and the Ordinance. When required, makes presentations to Town Council and prepares associated staff reports and presentations;
  • Reviews Special Use Permit applications and prepares staff reports and makes presentations to the Town Council;
  • Develops, interprets, amends, and enforces ordinances regarding zoning and development;
  • Coordinates and organizes public meetings and charrettes; participates in the facilitation of public meetings, open houses and inter-governmental meetings;
  • Drafts Requests for Qualifications and Requests for Proposals and manages consultants for specific projects;
  • 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;
  • Oversees and administers 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; process applications and prepares staff reports for variances, administrative appeals and appeals of civil penalties; presents cases to the Zoning Board of Adjustment;
  • Processes applications for rezoning requests; coordinates with other staff members to prepare the required reports; serves as a case manager and point of contact for applicants and citizens; presents cases to the Town Council and Planning and Zoning Board;
  • Prepares zoning verification letters;
  • Assists with the field assessment of history structures or features and with the review of conditions proposed with rezoning cases related to historic preservation;
  • Analyzes and reports on housing trends, demographics, population changes, census data and other related information to provide background for current planning activities and special projects;
  • Responds to inquiries from citizens, businesses, landowners, developers and elected and appointed officials regarding matters such as population and demographics, status of current projects, interpretations of the Land Use Plan, zoning matters, current and proposed ordinances, area plans and studies and on issues related to environmental and historic preservation and development;
  • Designs digital databases and uses GIS and other software programs;
  • Performs other job-related tasks as required.

Job Candidate Qualifications

Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of land use planning, planning research, zoning, and annexations is desired, as well as thorough knowledge of municipal planning, landscape architecture principles and practice, and urban design; thorough knowledge of the Development Ordinance and its applications; thorough knowledge of annexation laws; thorough knowledge of site design, bicycle and pedestrian planning; thorough knowledge of transit operations and planning; thorough knowledge of growth management methods and practices; thorough knowledge of statistical methods and their application; thorough knowledge of the sources of data and information; thorough knowledge of principles and practice of community facilitation and conflict resolution; thorough knowledge of the use of personal computers and computer software; ability to read and interpret ordinances, statutes, plans, maps, 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.

Minimum and Preferred 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 considerable experience in professional planning. A master’s degree in a closely related field may be credited toward some years of experience. Requires a valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record.
  • Experience with urban design, mixed use and redevelopment projects
  • Development plan review experience
  • Experience reviewing rezoning requests
  • Experience with current planning permitting processes, such as signs, special use permits and zoning verification letters
  • Experience interpreting and researching ordinances
  • Experience writing staff reports and making presentations to public officials
  • Strong written and verbal presentation skills
  • 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
  • Ability to work on a variety of tasks while being extremely organized and detail-oriented
  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), Certified Zoning Official (CZO) or other related professional certifications

How to Apply

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Application open until August 28, 2018


Posted on

August 9, 2018

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