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Chief Planner, Current Planning, City of Newton

Position Title: Chief Planner, Current Planning
Starting Salary $82,388 – $84,859
Reports to: Director of Planning and Development & Deputy Director of Planning and Development

Position Summary

  • Manages of the Current Planning Division: Assists Director and Deputy Director in day-to-day operations of the Current Planning Division, and oversees operations of all current planning and support staff (currently two land use planners, two preservation planners, and chief zoning code official. ).
  • Coordinates and distributes workload for current planning staff.
  • Coordinates staff resources to facilitate cross-training between specialized and generalist planners.
  • Oversees all development review processes and staff related to special permits, comprehensive permits, and site plan reviews, as well as historic preservation..
  • Facilitates Current Planning staff meetings as necessary to assure that all deadlines are met.
  • Facilitates development review meetings with the Chief Zoning Code Official, Engineering Division, City Traffic Engineer, Director of Utilities, Assistant Fire Chief, Associate City Solicitor, Inspectional Services Department and Planning Department as necessary.
  • Coordinates updates to the City’s comprehensive plan and other master planning and vision documents.
  • Works to ensure that development projects, particularly those representing public /private partnerships are consistent with implementation of the City’s adopted plans and policies.
  • Collaborates with Long Range Planning on various planning initiatives as well as amendments to the Zoning Ordinance.
  • Provides technical support to the Mayor, City Council, developers, and residents on development proposals, and provides direct and/or oversees designated staff support to the Land Use Committee of the City Council and the Zoning Board of Appeals for comprehensive permit applications. Acts as a liaison between the developers, the city development review staff, residents, and the Council for development proposals. Reviews all development review memos and provides guidance to land use planners on reviews of development proposals. Directly responsible for the coordination of technical reviews of all large scale development projects. Oversees and reviews the preparation of the draft Council Orders, on all land use petitions, for the City Council. Collaborates with the Housing Division staff when related to affordable housing proposals.
  • Offers technical advice and staffing to the Real Property Reuse Committee on an as needed basis.
  • Oversees and reviews landmark recommendations, and preservation and/or conservation grant proposals.
  • Coordinates monthly and annual current planning reporting including Green Communities Reporting, Datastat and special permit mitigation
  • Coordinates data tracking relative to permitting.
  • Works with Community Engagement Manager on community engagement around certain development projects.
  • Seeks to continuously improve in the development review process.
  • Assists the Director in development of Current Planning Division budget.

Minimum Requirements
This position requires a master’s degree in planning or related field and 4-6 years of direct planning and zoning experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  Must have experience working with elected and appointed officials and in participating in planning or policy development studies which have included significant community engagement components.  Must be able to work on numerous projects at the same time, all with varying deadlines, and be able to prioritize individual workload as well as coordinate the workload and priorities of others.  This person must have excellent interpersonal and customer service skills, both in dealing with staff and the public, as well as elected and appointed officials.  The person must have excellent oral and written communication skills.  Experience with personal computers, including spreadsheets, and word processing, is essential.  Experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS), InDesign and other Adobe software products, and design or visualization related software is extremely desirable. AICP membership is also desirable.

Individuals interested in the above position should submit a cover letter and resume to https://cityofnewton.hyrell.com.  The City of Newton is an Equal Employment/Affirmative Action Employer.

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