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City Planner

Augusta, KS, USA
Summary
Under the supervision of the Assistant City Manager, the City Planner is responsible for community beautification and the preservation of the public health, safety and welfare through the consistent and proactive enforcement of the adopted zoning and subdivision regulations, as well as applicable local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations. The City Planner performs current planning and zoning administration functions to guide growth and development and land use of the City in accordance with the adopted Comprehensive Plan by using sound planning principles and practices for data collection, performing research, and in developing reports, plans, projections, and recommendations. The City Planner is also responsible for maintaining the city’s Geographic Information System (GIS) database.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities
* Coordinate with the public, land surveyors, civil engineers and other stakeholders on general planning and zoning requests, including, but not limited to zoning district reclassifications, Conditional Use Permits, lot splits, and boundary adjustments.
* Coordinate with land surveyors, civil engineers, architects, and developers on matters pertaining to new development.
* Coordinate with other city departments, private sector utility providers, and Butler County (for land use proposals in the defined Growth Area) for reviews of preliminary and final plats, preliminary and final master drainage plans, preliminary and final utility plans, site development plans, and other planning, engineering, and/or architectural drawings/specifications for compliance with adopted codes and regulations.
* Maintain the City’s official zoning map within the Geographical Information System (GIS) to ensure parcel data displays appropriate zoning information.
Maintain the City’s Geographical Information System (GIS) to ensure the city’s utility information displays accurate information.
* Coordinate with the official city newspaper to ensure all required public legal notifications are published in accordance with requirements established in state law.
Serve as staff liaison to the Augusta Planning Commission and the Augusta Board of Zoning Appeals.
* Coordinate with the Augusta Planning Commission on matters pertaining to annual updates to the adopted Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Regulations, and Subdivision Regulations.
* Investigates violations pertaining to zoning regulations and coordinates abatement with the property owner or designated abatement professional.
Coordinate with Code Enforcement to resolve violations of the adopted zoning regulations.
* Continually looks for new and improved ways of completing the Essential Functions and Responsibilities. * Other tasks as assigned will be performed in order to address business needs. Abide by all standards, conduct, and policies as outlined in the Employee Handbook.

Requirements
Education, Licensure, or Certification
* Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in urban planning, geography, architecture, public administration or a related field.
Master’s Degree in Urban Planning preferred.
* Certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) desired.
* Valid Kansas Driver’s License required at all times during employment.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities – With or without accommodations
* Proficient knowledge of urban planning principles and practices.
* Proficient working knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
* Proficient knowledge of computer software applications including word processing and spreadsheets.
* Proficient knowledge of planning law and state statutes, and ability to interpret codes, regulations, and procedures.
* Ability to develop a thorough knowledge of the City’s municipal codes.
* Ability to prepare detailed reports for the Planning Commission and City Council.
* Ability to prepare detailed investigative reports.
* Ability to meet and deal tactfully with the public and communicate effectively and clearly, both verbally and in writing.
* Ability to understand and follow complex verbal and written instructions.
* Knowledge of safe working environment principles, including appropriate methods of lifting heavy objects, climbing on ladders, and the proper use of required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
* Safe driving practices and knowledge of state and local laws pertaining to the operation of motor vehicles on streets, roads, and highways.
* Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with City officials, other employees, the Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals, and the public.
* General knowledge of Mayor – Council – Manager form of government required.

Physical Requirements
* Ability to perform physical activities such as sitting, standing, walking, talking, bending, reaching, and grasping.
* Uses hands repetitively to handle, feel and operate standard office equipment and computers.
* Occasionally lifts up to 50 pounds.
Normal eyesight and depth perception, with or without correction.
* Normal hearing, with or without correction.
Ability to work within varying environments and weather conditions, depending on the job site and time of the year.

Cognitive Requirements
* Ability to listen, understand, read, write, and communicate information in a respectful and professional manner.
* Ability to maintain detailed files and records.
* Ability to demonstrate a high level of integrity.
* Knowledge of algebra and geometry with ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers, fractions, and decimals.
* Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify appropriate solutions or approaches to problems.
* Ability to record details about names, faces, and incidents quickly and accurately.
* Ability to plan, negotiate, direct, control, and monitor other activities.
* Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, management, and the public, often times during difficult or potentially conflictual circumstances.

Work Environment
Approximately 80% of work is performed indoors. Indoor duties will be performed in a climate controlled environment and the employee may regularly sit for extended periods of time. Regular use of standard office equipment, including computers and phones, is required. During work outdoors, some exposure to adverse weather conditions, hazardous elements, and dangerous situations is possible. The employee may be exposed to fumes, dirt, dust grease, fuel, chemicals, toxins, rough terrain, dark or poorly lit areas, and wet and/or humid conditions. The employee will be exposed to mechanical and traffic hazards. The employee may be exposed to conflictual circumstances that requires working with abusive individuals in disputes over decisions.

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City of Augusta
113 E 6th Ave
Augusta, KS, 67010 USA
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