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Planning and Zoning Administrator

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Salary Range: $60,641 to $92,272

The Town of Louisburg, NC (about 40 minutes commuting distance from Raleigh) is seeking Applicants for the position of Planning and Zoning Administrator. The current Planning and Zoning Administrator is planning to retire in June 2023. The Town of Louisburg is currently undergoing rapid change following years of very little growth. Job duties will include, but not limited to, staffing various Boards and Commissions, reviewing site plans and plats, issuing permits, investigating code violations and functioning as a point of contact with the public and business community for land development matters.

The position qualifications require an undergraduate degree in urban planning, public administration, architecture, or other related field and at least 7 to 10 years’ experience. AICP certification preferred but not required. Salary Range is $60,641 to $92,272. Hiring range is $78,000 to $82,000 depending on qualifications.

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Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and at least three (3) references to If you have additional questions regarding this position please contact Philip Slayter, Planning Administrator at Town of Louisburg, 110 W Nash Street, Louisburg, NC 27549. Hard copy or electronic submissions are acceptable.

General Statement of Duties

Under general supervision performs responsible professional level work by providing administrative, supervisory, and technical work regarding the Town’s current and long-range planning function, specifically related to the development, administration and enforcement of the Town’s various land use plans and regulations.

Distinguishing Features of the Class:
An employee of this class plans and develops a variety of specialized professional and administrative services for the Town government including serving as code enforcement administrator, researching, and working with special projects, and developing and administering land use related policy and procedures. Considerable tact and independent judgement are necessary in dealing with the public and issue related stakeholders, other department heads, and Town employees. Work involves analytical skills, management and legal knowledge, comprehensive knowledge of and understanding of planning principals, law and processes, budgeting, and office administrative abilities including use of word processing, spreadsheets and other traditional computer related tools. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Town Administrator and is evaluated by that position through observation, review of records and reports, project results, and public comment.

Essential Duties and Tasks

  • Administer the following ordinances under direction of the Town Administrator: zoning, land subdivision, floodplain management, watershed protection, historic preservation, and related land development and maintenance regulations.
  • Consult with developers, property owners, attorneys, surveyors, appraisers, real estate professionals, contractors, engineers and others regarding the Town’s land use regulations and their interpretation.
  • Attend Town Council meetings, as well as function as staff secretary to the Town Planning Board, Board of Zoning Adjustment, Historic Preservation Commission, and Housing Appeals Board. Also serves as the staff representative to other development and planning related committees, notably the Council of Governments. Other staff assignments may be made at the direction of the Town Administrator. Shall research cases, prepare agendas, and make presentations to Council and other Town Boards and Commissions as needed. Ability to compose Town resolutions and ordinances on behalf of the Town Administrator is required.
  • Conduct long-range and comprehensive planning projects with responsibilities for preparation, review, and implementation of subsequent policy decisions taken by the Town.
  • Researches, drafts, and recommends changes to policies and procedures, and other documents as required due to updates, legislative changes, and legal case law at the direction of the Town Administrator and Town Council.
  • Performs various research and/or obtain regulatory information for the Town Administrator and provide recommendations for action options and implementation, especially as it relates to economic development or the provision of Town services.
  • The Planning and Zoning Administrator will provide direction and coordination with the Town code enforcement staff, and assist Town staff in the enforcement of other local ordinances and interpreting Town codes.
  • Research, prepare and manage grant awards related to Town capital projects including, but not limited to, sidewalk improvement projects, park beautification, greenways, building redevelopment, community, and economic development.

Additional Job Duties

Performs all other duties as required by the Planning and Zoning Administrator.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Considerable knowledge of professional planning, techniques, laws and methods of planning implementation processes and procedures.
  • Working knowledge of local government operations, laws and policies.
  • Knowledge of budgeting, purchasing and personnel practices common to state and local government.
  • Working knowledge of local government operations, laws and policies.
  • Skill in conflict resolution.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other government officials, department heads, employees, and the general public.
  • Ability to solve problems with a high degree of complexity and significant consequence of error
  • Ability to plan, coordinate and manage multiple plans and programs.
  • Knowledge and skill using ArcGIS software.
  • Ability to prepare, compile and write reports and other documents required for Town Council, Boards and Commissions, staff and public use.
  • Ability to speak effectively in front of individuals and groups while successfully communicating complex concepts to consumers of Town regulations and policies

Physical Requirements

Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping while feeling, talking, hearing and repetitive motions.

Must be able to perform medium work exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally; and/or up to 20 pounds amount of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
Must possess the visual acuity to prepare and analyze data, operate a computer terminal, utilize measuring devices, operate motor vehicles, and inspect work of others.

Desirable Education and Experience

Undergraduate degree in urban and regional planning, public administration, architecture, geography, or other related field. Must possess five (5) to seven (7) years’ relevant experience in local or state government. American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) credential desirable but not required.

Special Requirements

  • Possession of a valid North Carolina driver’s license
  • Knowledge and competency in Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat

The Town of Louisburg is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Category: Planning and Zoning
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Louisburg NC

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