City of Bloomington

Assists with the design, promotion and administration of long range, short-range and current city planning activities. Assists with coordinating public and private policies to meet the future needs of the City. Elicits active citizen participation in planning for the City’s future by identifying achievable and cost-efficient goals objectives and forecasts for future governmental decision making. Maintains an effective public relations approach to increase acceptance of comprehensive city planning. Provides technical expertise and control of work to assure timely performance. Adheres to professional planning standards, zoning and land subdivision codes.

This list may not include all tasks and/or knowledge which may be expected of the employee, nor does it cover all specific duties which may be required. Other duties may be assigned.

Develops or assists in the preparation of background and impact reports to the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals and Historic Preservation Commission on zoning, land subdivisions, planned unit development cases, annexation, variances, site plans, special use permits, historic landmark designations, certificates of appropriateness, and historic preservation grant applications providing the information necessary to assist the boards and commission in making decisions. May assist in ensuring appropriate application close out and record retention, the Assistant Planner may assist with these efforts, as applicable.
Provides staff assistance for department boards and commissions including but not limited to preparing notifications, agendas, minutes, presentations, and running meetings.
Uses ArcGIS and design tools (e.g. SketchUp) for planning research and assessment of appropriateness of various developments or modifications.
Identifies community problems, issues and opportunities in particular neighborhoods and corridors that could be mitigated through better community planning. Works cooperatively with city staff towards solutions.
Assists with updates and maintenance of the Comprehensive Plan, other city plans, and various land development regulations. Assists with writing a variety of ordinances and regulations relating to planning, land use, and development.
Works with ad hoc commissions, committees, City staff and community groups on specific planning and community development related issues.
Reviews site plans and permit applications of moderate complexity for conformance with codes, polices and various regulations. Assists with the review of complex and difficult site plans for conformance with codes, policies and various regulations.
Reviews commercial sign applications, for permanent and temporary signs. Advises businesses and developers on sign requirements, provides verbal and written comments to customers and sign company representatives, works frequently with the Electrical Inspector and other staff as needed on elements of the sign review.
Conducts occasional site visits to determine compliance with the sign ordinance.
Responds in a timely basis to inquiries from developers, attorneys, engineers, architects, fellow employees and citizens regarding planning, zoning and housing issues.

Required – Bachelor’s Degree (B.A/B.S) with major course work in urban planning, urban studies, architecture, landscape architecture, history, political science or closely related field. At least one (1) year of professional planning experience. Equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted.
Preferred – Master’s Degree in urban planning, urban studies, architecture, landscape architecture, history, political science or closely related field.
Certificate or Licenses:

Required – Valid Illinois Driver’s License
Physical Requirements/Working Conditions: Reasonable accommodations may be available to assist individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

Work is performed primarily in an of f ice environment although oversight and inspection activities may take place in dusty, moist or humid conditions and in a range of outdoor temperatures. Work requires driving to other of f ice locations and other agency facilities in town and occasionally to other locations around the state for meetings and training, as well as visits to outdoor sites.
Job Type: Full-time

For more information, contact:

Lindsey Denny