OF PLANNING & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT- Job Description
of Planning & Community Development performs work under the general
supervision of the First Selectman, performing duties with a degree of
independence, exercising judgement and excellent interpersonal communications
skills in working with the public and Town staff. The incumbent performs a
variety of routine and complex technical work in both short and long-term
planning and community development. The person in this position is required to
administer the day-to-day operations, coordinate information, research, and
grant writing for the Town and provide technical assistance to the Planning and
Zoning Commission, Economic Development Commission, and other Town boards and
commissions as director or necessary.
DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS
essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations
of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific
statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is
similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Duties are not
necessarily in order of importance or frequency of performance.
staff support to the Planning and Zoning Commission, Inland Wetlands
Commission, and the Economic Development Commission. This includes reviewing
applications, preparing reports, and recommendations, attending meetings,
drafting regulations, and other duties that may be requested by such committees.
input to Town economic development activities, in particular, helping to ensure
compatibility of economic development and planning/zoning policies. Ensure a
balanced and coordinated approach towards the economic development efforts of
with various other committees, boards, and commissions that impact areas of planning
and development, including, but not limited to Zoning Board of Appeals.
general and/or specific research and secure technical information from
operating departments, other agencies, and outside consultants for use in
evaluating plans and proposals.
citizens, developers, engineers and/or others to discuss plans for development
including technical sufficiency for conformance with appropriate regulations
(zoning, subdivision, inland wetlands, and various Town ordinances).
to the Planning and Zoning Commission, Inland Wetlands Commission, and the
Economic Development Commission regarding proposed changes in regulations.
Town website pages related to community development.
writes, and manages grants for community development, historical preservation,
economic development, long range comprehensive planning, zoning, housing, sustainability,
and transportation planning.
related functions as needed.
SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
and high level of knowledge in the principles and practices of community
development and land use planning, with the ability to maintain a constant
knowledge of amendments to applicable State Statutes and Regulations.
A high level
of knowledge, including the ability to navigate through federal, state, and
local laws/regulations pertaining to community development, historic
preservation, economic development, long range comprehensive planning, zoning,
housing, sustainability, and transportation planning.
act independently and make appropriate decisions with minimal supervision.
the use and application of Geographic Information Systems (ArcView, GIS).
the office practices, procedures, and equipment.
Ability to read
and interpret blueprints, construction plans, and specifications.
handle multiple projects simultaneously.
implement local planning objectives.
communicate effectively both orally and in writing sufficient to conduct or
participate in hearings, including the ability to speak in a public forum.
prepare and present accurate and reliable reports containing findings and
establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide variety of
others encountered in the course of the work.
perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed
under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines.
operations including Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, and web page software.
BA or BS in
planning (Masters preferred), geography, engineering, public administration or
Three (3) years'
experience, preferably in the public sector, in community development.
demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an
employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable
accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform
the essential functions.
performed under typical office conditions with minimal physical effort. The
person in this position is required to conduct site visits and meetings outside
of the office and must have reliable transportation for work related use.
Position requires frequently working in addition to and outside normal business
hours. Attendance at night meetings is required.
performed outdoors and in the office environment and may involve travelling to
a variety of locations to attend meetings and inspect properties. Inspection
work in the field may involve walking over rough or uneven surfaces.
statements contained in this job description reflect general details as
necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the level of
knowledge, and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility. It
should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements or a
contract for services. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned,
including work in other functional areas to cover absences or provide relief to
equalize peak work periods or otherwise to balance the workload.
description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer or
the employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the
employer and the requirements of the job change.
by BOS 7/27/21