Zoning Assistant – City of Norwalk, CT

Description of Work

Position Definition:  Assists the public in making application for the various Planning and Zoning Commissions permits; reviews applications and makes zoning approvals and conducts inspections as needed.

General Duties:  Greets clients and determines nature of their business and refers to proper staff person.  Informs clients of procedures in obtaining Zoning, Harbor Commission, Coastal Area Management (CAM) Subdivision, Planned Residential Development (P.R.D.) permits.  Fills out application forms and checks drawings for approval from various agencies having jurisdiction over building construction.   Reviews applications and plans for completeness and provides zoning department approval.  Conducts field investigations as assigned and provides written reports on findings.  Assists the Planning Director and Zoning Inspector in matters within their respective jurisdictions.  Attends Commission/Committee meetings and presents oral or written reports as assigned.   Coordinates responses.  Originates and types letters, legal notices and reports. Distributes drawings, reports, minutes of meeting to Commission and other agencies.

Additional Duties: Accepts and accounts for application fees. Operates general office and computer equipment.  Issues permits as directed by the Zoning Inspector.   Performs other assigned duties as required.

Supervised By: Receives direct supervision from the Zoning Inspector.

Note:  The above is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities.  It is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task or responsibility.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of City, State, and Federal regulations pertaining to zoning.   Ability to apply common sense understanding to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of variables where only limited standardization exists.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagrammatic, or schedule form.  Ability to prepare written reports and to present information in a clear and concise manner.  Ability to maintain files and record systems.  Ability to assist the public in properly completing applications in a demanding and busy environment.  Ability to use modern office equipment. Ability to climb to make field inspections.   Ability to work in poor weather conditions, including heat, cold, rain and snow.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in City, Urban or Regional Planning or Architecture, Engineering, Geology, Biology or other Life Science. Experience in a Planning/Zoning Department, contractors or architect office or in a related field preferred.

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