The Planner is responsible for research, analysis, review, and reporting of matters relating to growth, development, redevelopment, revitalization, and the physical organization of community. Depending on division assignment, the focus of an individual planner may include the review of development and zoning requests, demographics, long range planning, neighborhood planning, downtown planning and/or various heritage preservation activities.
General: the following responsibilities apply to the Planner position regardless of area of specialization:
1. Researches and analyzes specific planning related issues, provides background information, develops recommendations, and presents written and/or oral reports as required.
2. Provides information to citizens, developers, and others on procedures, ordinances, documents, and data available within his/her functional area and coordinates with other staff to provide information that is available through another division or department.
3. Conducts research, prepares staff reports and makes public presentations to boards and commission on specific assigned matters. As part of this process, the incumbent prepares written and oral presentations that apply to various audiences using information from technical documents and procedures.
4. Provides for the organization and maintenance of records and information relating to his/her functional area.
5. Organizes and oversees the development, design, and preparation of departmental publications.
6. Acts as the coordinator on specific assignments including the assembly of information from other staff, divisions, departments, and outside groups to ensure the accuracy and thoroughness of plans and studies.
Specific: Additional responsibilities apply based on the functional area of assignment for each planner.
1. Oversees the city’s Heritage Preservation Program and staffs the Heritage Commission by providing for meeting notification, agenda packet preparation and distribution, and coordination with other departments and divisions.
2. Coordinates the maintenance, updating, and dissemination of information relating to the Preservation Plan, which includes an inventory of historic properties.
3. Processes and evaluates applications for Certificates of Appropriateness (CA) which are requests to make exterior modifications to designated Heritage Resources.
4. Processes and evaluates applications for the designation of individual properties and districts as Heritage Resources.
5. Oversees the city’s tax exemption program for historic properties including and annual survey of properties to determine if they qualify.
6. Coordinates the review of applications from non-profit organizations for funding through the city’s Heritage Preservation Grant Program and processes the distribution of funding upon approval.
7. The incumbent re commends specific actions that the Heritage Commission should take in regard to a request for a CA or Heritage Resource Designation.