Planning & Sustainability Planner – City of Northampton

Location:            Planning & Sustainability Office, Northampton, MA 01060
Department:        Planning & Sustainability Office
Job Status:          Full-Time
Shift:                 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Days:                Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri.
Rate of Pay:         $28.80 – $37.80
Details:              Occasional Night meetings required

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The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various type of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

Reviews and analyzes all applications filed for zoning relief or architectural and design review to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations; provides detailed technical analysis memos to permit-granting boards and commissions to allow for defensible decisions, responds to questions, complaints, concerns during public hearings.

  • Evaluates and interprets state and local land use regulations and provides this information to the public.
  • Identifies funding sources and prepares funding applications for projects to implement measures to reach carbon goals as identified in Climate Resilience and Regeneration Plan, historic preservation projects, and other planning and transportation initiatives; works with federal, regional and state agencies to identify funding opportunities for current and future projects.
  • Serves as project manager for historic preservation initiatives, including planning and capital improvements.
  • Periodically reviews local ordinances and policies for compliance with long-term planning initiatives, sustainability principles and state laws; prepares new ordinances and regulations as needed, provides policy direction to boards and committees.
  • Works with Historical/Local Historic District Commission to identify and implement historic preservation planning initiatives and tools.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with stakeholders, individuals, applicants and community groups.
  • Performs similar or related work as required.

Minimum Qualifications –

Bachelor’s degree in planning, public administration or a related field and at least one to two years of experience in municipal planning or a related field, or any equivalent combination of education and experience.  Master’s degree preferred.

Massachusetts Class D Driver’s License required.


Full benefits include health insurance (80% paid for HMO), 2 weeks vacation to start, 5 personal days, 13 sick days per year, Northampton retirement system membership, voluntary deferred compensation plan, available dental, life, short term disability insurances, flexible spending plan, 15 paid holidays.