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Planning and Zoning Director

The Planning & Zoning Director position is a department head position involving responsible administrative and technical work related to city planning, zoning, land development activities, comprehensive plan, land use, permitting and code enforcement. Responsibilities also include working with the City’s Planning Commission and preparing recommendations on matters that require Planning Commission and City Council action.

The employee in this class exercises independent judgement and initiative under the direction of, oversight of and reports to the City Administrator.

 

FLSA STATUS

This position is classified as a fulltime position and an exempt employee.

 

EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED

 

  • Functions as Department Head, City Planner/ Zoning Administrator.
  • Responsible for the enforcement of the City’s Zoning Code.
  • Reviews applications and detailed site plans for new development; coordinates with developers for required and recommended modifications to ensure compliance with City Ordinances and planning documents.
  • Analyzes and makes recommendations on policies and regulations related to planning, zoning, and land use, based on changing community needs. Make recommendations on requests for conditional use permits, site plan approvals and rezoning requests to the Planning Commission and City Council.
  • Inspects new developments for compliance with City site plan approvals.
  • Routinely reviews and recommends amendments to city ordinances as needed.
  • Supervises and assists with the issuance of building permits and coordinates inspections with the County.
  • Prepares annual department operating and capital budget.
  • Coordinates the City's Development Review process which includes site plans, plats, and land use amendments.
  • Acts as liaison to the City’s Planning Commission.
  • Acts as a liaison with State, Regional and County Planning Agencies.
  • Supervises the issuance procedures for Business Licenses.
  • Coordinates the City's Code Enforcement efforts and programs.
  • Supervises and coordinates comprehensive plan implementation and amendments process, including intergovernmental coordination with state and local agencies
  • Meets with residents, contractors, architects, engineers, developers and property owners concerning interpretation and application of codes during planning and construction.
  • To work with the license clerk to insure all businesses are located in properly zoned districts.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

 

  • Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of planning and zoning administration; considerable knowledge as it applies to local planning and development standards as well as master planning.
  • Considerable knowledge of the principles and techniques involved in the development and maintenance of the City’s Comprehensive Plan.
  • Considerable knowledge of current trends in local, regional, state and federal planning and legislation affecting city planning and development.
  • Considerable knowledge and skills in drafting regulations, policies and texts of ordinances and codes, including those which govern construction, zoning, signs, and housing.
  • Ability to present findings and recommendations concisely, comfortable with public speaking, and communicate effectively in oral and written form.
  • Ability to interpret and apply complex rules, regulations, codes and ordinances; ability to interpret plans, drawings, blueprints and specifications.
  • Ability to handle complex assignments independently and make decisions or recommendations based on sound professional judgment.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with department officials, other employees, public agencies, developers, contractors and the public.

DESIRABLE EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING

Bachelor's Degree in Urban Planning or related field.  Minimum three (3) years responsible management experience in municipal planning or community development or any equivalent combination of experience and training.  Able to obtain or have American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification.

Submit resumes to bgerald@cityofblueridgega.gov and include salary requirements.


Planning and Zoning Board

The City of Blue Ridge is accepting applications from residents who are interested in serving for the Planning Commission.

Planning Commission Application 


Please fill out an application for employment and submit the completed information to City Hall, 480 West First Street, Blue Ridge, Ga. 30513. We keep applications on file for 1 year. Anyone interested in the positions below, may pick up an application at City Hall located at 480 West First Street, between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday.  Please submit all applications in person at City Hall or mail them to 480 West First Street, Blue Ridge, Ga. 30513.

May 21,2021- The Blue Ridge Police Department is currently accepting applications for full-time police officer position to serve the Blue Ridge community.  Candidates must be P.O.S.T. certified and in good standings with P.O.S.T., will be required to work 12-hour shifts. Shifts and other duties will be assigned by administration upon hiring. Full-time hires will receive full insurance and benefits package.  Competitive pay-scale, great work environment & a career opportunity where you can make a difference.  Applications may be picked up at City of Blue Ridge City Hall located at 480 West First Street, Blue Ridge, Ga. 30513, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m or can be printed from this page.  Applications and Resumes can be turned into the City Hall in person or email Application/Resume to Blue Ridge Police Department to Johnny Scearce - jscearce@cityofblueridgega.gov

 

 

 May 12, 2020- The City of Blue Ridge is accepting bids for Phase I of the City Hall Parking Expansion. A copy of the plans can be found here

Section 001113 - Advertisement for Bids (TE Project)--Released April 3, 2019 

Engineering Services Community Development Block Grant Request for Qualifications--Released February 20, 2019 

Grant Writing and Administration Request for Qualifications--Released August 22, 2018 

Grant Writing and Administration Request for Qualifications with Addendum No. 1--Released September 14, 2018

Grant Writing and Administration Request for Qualifications with Addendum No. 2--Released October 15, 2018

The City of Blue Ridge is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The City shall not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity (except where gender is a bona fide occupational qualification), national origin, age, disability, military/veteran status, marital status, genetic information or any other factor protected by law. We are committed to equal employment opportunity in all decisions related to employment, promotion, wages, benefits and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment.