Planning Director – Town of Montville, CT


NATURE OF WORK:  The Planning Director performs highly responsible, professional and administrative work, planning, organizing and directing the Planning Department.  Work consists of a wide range of land use planning and project management functions in the areas of subdivision and site plan review, economic development, grant writing and administration, capital improvement budgeting, and related municipal planning matters.  The Planning Director serves as staff to the Planning and Zoning Commission and provides technical assistance to other Boards and Commissions.  The position requires the ability to make decisions in accordance with established procedures and the exercise of independent judgment, initiative, maturity, flexibility and observation and communication skills.


  • Plans, organizes, directs, and participates in the performance of Department
  • Prepares and administers the departmental budget
  • Reviews and makes recommendations on land development proposals including commercial/office, tourist/recreational, industrial and residential
  • Inspects sites for proposed subdivisions and developments
  • Oversees Town activities relating to land use and development
  • Provides professional services to Town agencies involved with planning, including oral and written reports, statistical analysis, and preparation of maps and graphics
  • Serves as staff to the Planning & Zoning Commission, preparing agendas and attending meetings of the Commission outside normal work hours
  • Attends meetings of and provides support, research and resources to the Economic Development Commission
  • Assists the general public by providing information on land use and development including procedures and guidelines to be followed when seeking the authorizations and permits required to develop property
  • Compiles and analyzes data on economic, social, environmental and physical factors affecting land use.


  • Knowledge of the principles and procedures of municipal planning, including its physical and economic aspects
  • Knowledge of research techniques involved in municipal planning including problem definition, data collection and analysis
  • Knowledge of applicable statutes, policies and regulations and the ability to interpret and apply them correctly.
  • Ability to read and interpret site plans, blueprints and specifications and determine whether they conform to the provisions of applicable codes and ordinances. Ability to work accurately with names, numbers, colors, codes and/or symbols
  • Working knowledge of zoning and subdivision laws and comprehensive plans, including their formation, process or adoption, and enforcement
  • Skilled in the area of drafting and designing maps and site plans
  • Knowledge of personal computers, including spreadsheets, Archview and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Software


  • Master’s degree from an accredited university in Urban, Regional or Community Planning, or a related field with concentrated course work in planning, with (5) years professional experience in land use planning and/or natural resources management. Additional work experience may be accepted in lieu of minimum educational qualifications
  • Certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is desirable
  • Must possess and retain a valid Connecticut Motor Vehicle Operator’s License

Full job description available in the Mayor’s office, 310 Norwich-New London Turnpike. Applications must be submitted to the Mayor’s Office. Application may be downloaded from the website under “Employment Opportunities.’ EOE. Successful completion of medical/drug screening and background check are conditions of employment.  Please apply to the Mayor’s Office no later than 4:30pm on September 10, 2021