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Senior Planner  

Salary $56,413.00 (based on qualifications) EOE & DFW  
Position Requirements

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Requires a Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, architecture or a related field (Master’s degree preferred); supplemented by three (3) years of experience as a professional planner, including experience in Geographic Information System (GIS), project management, and minimal supervisory experience or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.


ADA Compliance

Physical Ability: Tasks require the ability to exert light physical effort in sedentary to light work, but which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of light weight (5-10 pounds). Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or work station.

Sensory Requirements: Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors, sounds and visual cues or signals. Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally.

Environmental Factors: Essential functions are regularly performed without exposure to adverse environmental conditions.

I certify that the specific duties and responsibilities as described in this classification description accurately reflect the duties and responsibilities of the job.

EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  
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General Description

This classification conducts the specified work within the planning division.

Duties and Responsibilities

The functions listed below are those that represent the majority of the time spent working in this position. Management may assign additional functions related to the type of work of the position as necessary.

  • Assists in developing planning priorities and coordinates planning projects with City staff, members of the community, and consultants; evaluates programs and proposals for compliance and interprets policies established by the Mayor and Council: forecast needs; estimates costs and prepares budgets; and defines program objectives.


  • Processes requests for rezoning, modification of zoning, use permits, and variance requests; interprets zoning laws, gathers background information regarding the submittal and analyzes application based on previous Board action in the area, the Comprehensive Land Use Plan Map and Plan policies; offers guidance and makes recommendations to applicants; gathers information to include in zoning/variance application write ups; prepares zoning agenda and tracks zoning items to ensure deadlines for public hearing, advertising, sign posting, and other requirements are met; analyzes requests and makes recommendations to the Board of Community Zoning Board, Council, and Board of Zoning Appeals for consideration; updates any action taken by the Boards during the process and writes up all final decisions; and posts actions on Department's website.


  • Reviews land disturbance permits, building permits, sign permits, and other plans for compliance with zoning and Overlay District regulations.


  • Assists in development of zoning and planning policies, regulations and procedures for consideration and adoption by the Mayor and Council; analyzes and compiles text amendments to the City of South Fulton Zoning Resolution, Subdivision Regulations and other zoning regulations in order to remain current and applicable for the health and safety of the citizens of City of South Fulton.


  • Provides customer service; answers questions from the public, coworkers and Staff from other Departments regarding zoning & planning issues; informs prospective buyers/sellers of applicable rules and regulations; provides advice on City regulations and standards; conducts pre-application meetings with rezoning & variance applicants; confers with community leaders to keep them informed of upcoming zoning issues; and briefs City administrators on current zoning/modification/variance requests; Administers contracts and grants and develops proposals and seeks funding sources.


  • Represents City at public hearing and meetings; conducts public meetings to aid in resolution of planning issues among parties with divergent interests, to disseminate information regarding future planning regulations, or to gather information and input from the public; represents City at public hearings regarding zoning matters; acts as City liaison between City of South Fulton and the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC)/ Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) for Development of Regional Impact (DRI) projects; and serves on committees when they propose a revision to their regulations.


  • Maintains a current, comprehensive knowledge and awareness of applicable laws, regulations, principles and practices relating to zoning and planning; reads professional literature; maintains professional affiliations; and attends meetings, workshops, hearings, and training sessions as required.


  • Proficient in MS Excel, Word, Adobe Creative Suite, ESRI Arc GIS, or similar products.


Additional Functions

  • Performs other related duties as required.

This position is currently accepting applications.

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