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Kent County Government - Job Description
Community Planner

FSLA Status: Exempt
Closing Date: Open Until Filled


The County Commissioners of Kent County are currently accepting applications for a Community Planner position in the Planning, Housing, & Zoning Department. This is professional work at the experienced level. The primary duty of the Community Planner is to work in a multi-disciplinary setting and conduct all aspects of land use, zoning, and community planning efforts for Kent County and the Town of Rock Hall with limited supervision from the Director of Planning. Computer literacy required with basic knowledge in Microsoft Word and Excel. Must have thorough knowledge of business English, punctuation, and grammar, and must be extremely detail-oriented. A Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning or equivalent training and three years of experience is preferred. Starting salary range is in Grade 7 ($51,403 - $64,254), with a comprehensive benefit package. Obtain application and job specification from the County Commissioners Human Resources Office, 400 High Street, 2nd Floor, Chestertown, Maryland 21620, (410)778-4595. Receipt of application and COPY OF COMPLETE DRIVING RECORD is required. This position is open until filled. Screening for illegal drug use will be required prior to appointment. EOE.

Job Description

Job Summary: The primary duty of the Community Planner is to work in a multi-disciplinary setting and conduct all aspects of land use, zoning, and community planning efforts for Kent County and the Town of Rock Hall.

Essential Functions
Functions listed are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

-Reviews development applications for consistency with the adopted Comprehensive Plan and Land Use Ordinance including impacts on the environment, quality of site design, architecture, compatibility with neighboring uses, planning principles, availability and capacity of public facilities to include water, sewer, and transportation.
-Reviews comments that are presented at the Technical Advisory Committee level, and are submitted to the applicant and their agent (engineer, surveyor, etc.).
-Works with applicants and their agents to resolve issues.
-Facilitates the interagency review process and ensures the project is in compliance with requirements, criteria, standards, and all issues and review comments are addressed prior to approval.
-Writes staff reports to the Planning Commission for action at public meetings and hearings.
-Reviews proposals for zoning text amendments, applications for Special Exception, and Variances; generates comments; and prepares staff reports for Planning Commission and the Board of Appeals.
-Serves as the Local Program Administrator for the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF).
-Manages the budget for matching funds program, assists landowners through entire process, and represents the County at local and state meetings.
-Conducts site inspections, coordinates with the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) Program Administrator to resolve violations.
-Facilitates various aspects of the easement acquisition process; informs land owners of the preservation options; advises them of the process and procedures affecting their circumstances.
-Prepares annual reports, written correspondence to the MALPF Board of Trustees, and works closely with landowners.
-Administers the Countys historic preservation program.
-Assists landowners through the application and review process, providing public outreach, maintaining the historic sites inventory, and representing the County at local and state meetings.
-Serves as staff to the Historic Preservation Commission.
-Schedules meetings, assists with agenda preparation, records meeting minutes, and coordinates with applicants.
-Reviews the processing of demolition permits if the structure is historic.
-Provides information that may result in updating the Maryland Inventory of Historic Places (MIHP) form in accordance with the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) criteria.
-Serves as the project manager to craft and implement environmentally responsible and coherent Comprehensive Land Use Plans.
-Prepares and issues RFPs; manages the consultant, the project and the budget; also staffs citizen committees.
-Schedules and conducts meetings with developers and the general public.
-Serves on various task forces and committees. Serves as the Countys liaison and representative.
-Serves as staff to the Agricultural Land Preservation Advisory Board, the Agricultural Advisory Commission and participates as a County representative on the Agricultural Security Corridor Rural Legacy Board and the Chesapeake Country National Scenic Byway Management Team.
-Generates reports.
-Negotiates effectively with developers, property owners and other participants in the development review process on project specific issues.
-Consults with County attorneys regarding land use legal issues and applies information obtained.
-Serves as a Planning Director's designee as Hearing Examiner for Special Exceptions.
-Assists in the drafting of Land Use Ordinance and Comprehensive Plan updates.
-Performs other duties as required.

Supervision: The position reports to the Director of Planning. Position does not supervise staff.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
The employee is expected to perform or possess the following:

-Problem Solving: Anticipates problems; sees how a problem and its solution will affect other areas; gathers information before making decisions; weighs alternatives against objectives and arrives at reasonable decisions.

-Attention to Detail: Is alert; follows detailed procedures and ensures accuracy; carefully monitors plans or processes; concentrates on routine work details. Recognizes and accurately evaluates the signs of a problem; and handles the problem accordingly.
-Analytical Skill: Ability to diagnose complex problems and break them down into the lowest common denominators to solve.
-Flexibility: Adapts well to changing priorities, deadlines and directions; works to eliminate all processes which do not add value; is willing to take action, even under pressure, criticism or tight deadlines; takes informed risks.
-Customer Service: Ability to assist and support constituents in a timely and pleasing manner.
-Technical Skill: Ability to understand legal aspects of land use planning and zoning. Familiar with general agricultural related land use issues, soil conservation practices, storm water management, public water and sewer, on-site well and septic systems. Ability conduct research, read and interpret ordinances, and minor drafting skills to create floorplans and draw elements related to documenting historic structures. Working knowledge of wetland regulations, the State Forest Conservation Act, historic preservation and architecture, the Secretary of Interior's Standards for Historic Rehabilitation, various tax credit programs, landscape architecture, as well as land preservation and conservation programs. Ability to draft legislation such as land use regulations for adoption as part of the County Code.
-Responsiveness: Responds to requests for service in a timely and thorough manner; does what is necessary to ensure customer satisfaction; prioritizes customer needs.
-Project Management: Ability to handle a variety of projects with conflicting deadlines and needs.
-Communication and Persuasion: Ability to communicate with non-technical and technical end users, to gain cooperation and understanding of technical ideas and systems and project scopes. Ability to produce well written and well thought our documents for constituents use.
-Computer Related Skills: Ability to work with MS Office and database packages.

Education and Experience:

1. Masters Degree required.
2. Three years related experience.
Or equivalent technical training, education or experience.
3. Valid Maryland Drivers License and an acceptable motor vehicle
4. AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners) preferred.

Physical and Environmental Conditions:

Work is conducted in an office setting with comfortable lighting, temperature and air conditions. The position occasionally requires stooping or bending. Occasional very light lifting, such as three or four reams of paper, books, or other materials (up to 20 pounds) may be required.

Work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts which require normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices or meeting rooms, e.g. use of safe work place practices with office equipment, and/or avoidance of trips and falls and observance of fire regulations. There may be some exposure to hazards on building sites that occasionally expose the employee to high, precarious places and risk of electrical shock. Precautions similar to those taken on a construction site should be observed in these instances.

The above job description is not intended as, nor should it be construed as, exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job.

This and all County positions are subject to transfer, based on need.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.

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