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Senior Planner

City of Bella Vista, AR

City of Bella Vista, AR

Software Engineering
Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2024
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Bella Vista is located in the NW corner of the state of Arkansas. Our city boasts nearly 100 miles of bicycle/walking trails that wind through beautiful hills and trees and around seven (7) lakes within the city limits. Bella Vista is a wonderful place to live and work, particularly if you are an outdoor enthusiast.

Under supervision of the Planning Manager, the Senior Planner conducts professional planning work of high complexity and variety. It is characterized by increasingly specialized knowledge of the planning field and a more elevated level of required duties and responsibilities. The Senior Planner is expected to possess in-depth knowledge within one or more planning specialties such as economic development, comprehensive planning, or urban planning. Planners at this level exercise greater independence and judgment, receiving general supervision from senior management. The incumbent works closely with the public on a regular basis to provide customer service on planning matters.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Provides good customer service to both internal and external customers, maintains positive and effective working relationships with other City employees and has regular and reliable attendance that is non-disruptive.
  • Conducts field evaluations and assessments as needed for the Planning Division and may investigate planning violation complaints and conduct site visit(s) to confirm compliance with the development code.
  • Initiates actions necessary to correct deficiencies or violations of regulations.
  • Provides information to the public regarding development regulations.
  • Interprets and applies applicable state, county and local codes, ordinances and regulations.
  • Assists with updates and maintenance of Comprehensive Plan and land development regulations.
  • Conducts review of various development applications including plats, permits, site plans, variance requests, waivers, conditional uses, rezones, or any other related application.
  • Conducts extensive research in specific or general project areas.
  • Writes and presents formal and technical reports, working papers, and correspondence.
  • Identifies community problems, issues, and opportunities in particular neighborhoods that could be mitigated through better community planning.
  • Recommends priorities, schedules, and funding sources to implement public improvements plan.
  • Assists in writing a variety of ordinances and regulations relating to development controls.
  • Attends public meetings as needed; typically occur in the early evening hours of weekdays.
  • Assists the Planning Division with a variety of other duties as needed.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in urban planning, architecture, public policy, political science, or other related area of study required.
  • Minimum of three years of professional planning experience reviewing and managing large-scale developments, subdivision construction plats, and planned unit developments. Four or more years of professional planning experience is preferred.
  • AICP Certification or Master’s Degree a plus.
  • Ability to understand and interpret codes, ordinances, policies, specifications, legal descriptions, and boundary maps of real property, maps, and development plans and plats.
  • Must possess excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to consistently communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing both to staff and the public.
  • Creative problem-solving skills to gather relevant information to solve less well- defined practical problems
  • Ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously.
  • Ability to attend to details while keeping big-picture goals in mind.
  • Ability to facilitate in-person and virtual public participation activities.
  • Ability to read and understand maps, technical drawings, codes and specifications.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and database applications maintained by the City or County.
  • Knowledge of Geographic Information System (GIS) applications.
  • Knowledge of applicable safety practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of effective writing techniques.
  • Knowledge of planning principles and practices, including zoning and other pertinent specialties.
  • Knowledge of principles, methodology, practices of research and data collection.
  • Statistical, algebraic, or geometric knowledge and ability to apply such knowledge in practical situations.
  • Ability to work in outdoor conditions that, at times, may be harsh.
  • Ability to traverse rough topography with obstacles.
  • Possess or ability to obtain and maintain a valid Driver’s License.
  • Ability to pass City required background screen and drug test.

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