Planning Director

City of Spencer

Spencer, IA United States

The purpose of this position is to serve as the City’s Chief Planning and Zoning Official. Under the general supervision of the City Manager, reporting to city council, this position serves as a Department Head and performs a wide variety of tasks in the area of planning, zoning, building code inspection and code compliance. The Planning Director prepares the City’s comprehensive development plans and land use ordinances. Responsibilities include the technical advice for development, building, land use, zoning codes or other related areas for creation of policies. Supervises Building Code Official and Building Services Official. Responsible for technical review of subdivisions, site plans, and redevelopment plans, including approval process with developers and consultants. Assists in the planning, organization and administration of complex redevelopment, economic development and CDBG programs and neighborhood development projects.

Duties Include:

  • Directs activities in planning, zoning and land development including annexation, rezoning, land development, special use permits and variances
  • Plans, develops, coordinates, and implements activities related to code enforcement, city planning and assists in the planning, development and coordination of economic development activities
  • Serves as technical consultant to the Planning and Zoning Board, Board of Adjustment, Historic Preservation and other related boards and committees
  • Presents staff reports and provides recommendations to those bodies
  • Oversees and coordinates the development and revision and updating the City’s comprehensive plan, subdivision regulations and zoning ordinances
  • Oversees reports required by state and federal guidelines and requirements
  • Upon direction of the City Manager, designs, plans and coordinates implementation of the City’s economic development strategic plan
  • Receive, investigate and resolve complaints relative to planning department services
  • Serve as liaison between the city and various public agencies, business and civic groups and other organizations in the presentation and discussion of community development related problems, proposals, projects and policies
  • Ensures new construction meets all applicable building codes and city ordinances
  • Oversees the adoption and enforcement of local, state and nationally mandated codes including building, plumbing, electrical, fire, and design standard specifications
  • Provides inspection services when building and nuisance official are unable to do so

Skills & Experience Requirements:

  • Considerable knowledge of modern principles and practices of city planning
  • Thorough knowledge of municipal zoning, building, fire and safety regulations
  • Thorough knowledge of the materials, practices and methods of construction, plumbing and electrical work
  • Knowledge of building, plumbing and electrical codes
  • Ability to read and interpret plans, specifications and blueprints and to compare them with construction in process
  • Ability to deal effectively with clientele groups and the public
  • Ability to communicate effectively in both the oral and written form
  • Ability to keep records and make reports
  • Two to three years of related experience, or similar field

Educational & Certification Requirements:

  • Associates Degree in related fields of experience required
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Community / Regional / Urban Planning, Public Administration, or related field; Master’s Degree preferred
  • Plumbing & electrical inspection certification, or ability to obtain is preferred

Full Benefit Package:

  • Medical: 2 Low Deductible Plans to choose from, 100% paid for employee
  • Dental, Vision & Life, Flexible Spending Account
  • Vacation & Sick Time Accrual; Personal days, Paid holidays
  • IPERS Retirement & 457 Deferred compensation plan

Open Until Filled. EOE. 

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Experience Level
Mid II (4-8 years)
AICP Level
Comprehensive or Long-Range Planning
Salary Range
$72,906 - $77,061/yr DOE

Contact Information

Jessica Wright
101 W 5TH ST
Spencer, IA
United States
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