Pay Range 20 Breakdown

Hourly (40 hrs.)$22.8950$34.3425
Hourly (42 hrs.)$21.8048$32.7072
Hourly (56 hrs.)$16.3536$24.5304

Senior Urban Design Planner

Range: $47,621.66 - $71,432.48 (20)
Position Number: 10011


JPB SUMMARY: This position performs technical and professional planning duties in support of the department.


• Assists customers with design related issues and reviews plans for conformance with design standards
• Develops recommendations for the design of public and private building and landscape projects
• Interprets and applies applicable state, county and local codes, ordinances and regulations including architectural and landscape design standards and guidelines
• Develops design plans for corridors and small areas
• May manage construction of projects such as streetscape improvements and parks
• Conducts design workshops to garner public input and support for various urban design initiatives
• Initiates actions necessary to correct deficiencies or violations of regulations
• Assists with updates and maintenance of Comprehensive Plan and land development regulations
• Conducts review of various development applications including plats, permits, site plans, variance requests and rezonings
• Conducts extensive research in specific or general project areas
• Writes and presents formal and technical reports, working papers, and correspondence
• Identifies community problems, issues, and opportunities in particular neighborhoods that could be mitigated through better community planning
• Develops long range plans for communities with common developmental issues
• Develops strategies to promote economic and community development or efficient land use consistent with community goals
• Evaluates adequacy of community facilities in meeting current and projected needs
• Recommends priorities, schedules, and funding sources to implement public improvements plan
• Writes, or assists in writing, a variety of ordinances and regulations relating to development controls
• Attends substantial number of evening and weekend meetings
• Performs other tasks and projects as assigned 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table, or while intermittently sitting, standing, or walking. The employee occasionally lifts light objects, and must distinguish between shades of color. The work is typically performed in an office and outdoors, and occasionally in cold or inclement weather. protective devices such as masks, goggles, or gloves.          


• Well-developed knowledge of planning principles and practices
• In-depth knowledge of urban design principles and practice
• Knowledge of principles, methodology, practices of research and data collection
• Knowledge of effective writing techniques
• Knowledge of or experience in community remediation and redevelopment, and knowledge of relevant Federal programs
• Statistical, algebraic, or geometric knowledge and ability to apply such knowledge in practical situations
• Knowledge of computer hardware and software programs, which may include Microsoft Office, Internet applications, various design related software packages, database management, and/or GIS
• Oral communication and interpersonal skills to present research findings to various boards and committees
• Creative problem-solving skills to gather relevant information to solve less well- defined practical problems
• Ability to review plans and apply provisions of the ordinances and codes to determine compliance with such regulations and to apply regulations to field conditions
• Group facilitation skills for use with community workshops
• Ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously
• Ability to work independently or in a team environment as needed
• Ability to attend to details while keeping big-picture goals in mind

Requires a master's degree with two years of experience in planning or a related profession with a concentration in urban design. May accept candidates with a bachelor's degree and four years of professional experience. AICP Certification is preferred. Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver's license issued by the State of North Carolina for the type of vehicle or equipment operated. 

Created 7-13