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Planner

Company: West Des Moines
Location: West Des Moines
Posted on: January 12, 2021

Job Description:

Under the general direction of the Director of Development Services and Development Coordinator, and through the application of sound planning principles, the planner interprets various federal, state and local codes, and City ordinances, guidelines and policies in order to develop and provide recommendations and solutions to the decision makers to effect positive results in the growth and development of the City of West Des Moines. The planner also collaborates with internal and external customers to facilitate private and public development that promotes conditions and activities which achieve a community environment desirable to residents, developers, investors and property owners. Additionally, the planner is responsible for reviewing and processing current development proposals within the City, conducting studies and plans for future development, redevelopment, and expansion of the City, as well as providing information and assistance to citizens, developers, realtors, builders, businesses, consultants and other governmental agencies and officials.Bachelor's Degree in Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Public Administration, Civil Engineering, or other related discipline plus a minimum of 3 years of related work experience. Job Requirements:* Coordinates and monitors multiple projects as they progress through the development process.* Evaluates and analyzes each development proposal to determine compliance with City Code, Comprehensive Plan, City policies, precedents and other City requirements. Serves as a liaison between applicants and developers, their consultants and other City departments regarding the review of development for compliance with City codes and requirements. * Identifies possible problems/issues with development proposals and negotiates potential solutions. * Represents the City by attending public meetings.* Represents staff's position to City Council, Planning and Zoning Commission, Board of Adjustment, subcommittees and special project meetings on annexations, rezonings, comprehensive plan amendments & updates, master plans, ordinance amendments, urban renewal plans, vacation requests, grading plans, plats, site plans, permitted conditional use permits, etc.* Inspects sites for compliance with approved plans.* Coordinates with other City departments and the applicant to ensure execution and obtainment of necessary sureties, agreements, legal documents and permits. * Prepares legal documents from established templates, i.e., easements, ordinances, resolutions, affidavits, etc. Reviews legal documents from applicant's legal counsel to ensure City and public interest are protected.* Writes Planned Unit Development (PUD) and Specific Plan (ZCSP) ordinances, which create detailed land use, zoning, master planning, bulk regulations and other development standards, regulations, allowances, prohibitions and requirements.* Responds to various questions from the general public, developers, consultants, builders, realtors and other governmental entities. * Educates citizens to increase their understanding of and promoting their involvement in the planning process.* Provides zoning, comprehensive plan, census tract, flood plan information, and detailed development history for specific properties.* Researches and maintains a working knowledge of the past history of a project, property or issue.* Identifies, guides and promotes economic development opportunities by analyzing and suggesting possible sites and partnerships.* Acts as a liaison between the existing business community and the City to foster positive relationships. * Writes zoning compliance letters which involves the review of the past action by City Council, outstanding building code issues, and zoning code violations.* Maintains the official Comprehensive Plan that reflects the vision of the community and provides a guide for the growth and development of the city. * Maintains and publishes the official Zoning Map and the Comprehensive Plan Land Use Map in a geographical information system (GIS).* Reviews and updates City Code and Comprehensive Plan. Tracks all amendments to City Codes, Comprehensive Plan and zoning maps. * Ensures that the City's mission, goals and objectives are fully supported and initiated. This includes, but is not limited to, support of the following initiatives: quality initiatives; Mayor/City Council Strategies and various other city-sponsored work teams such as Safety, Employee Relations and Wellness. * Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

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