Region 1 Planning Council

Collaborative Planning for Northern Illinois

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The Land Use Planner serves the subject-matter expert in land use and comprehensive planning, and provides intelligence on its connections to transportation, environmental, and economic development. The Land Use Planner is responsible for coordinating work tasks and producing planning document and reports for various departments at R1 and its member organizations.

Minimum Required Qualifications – ***Pay commensurate with experience***

Graduation from an accredited institution with a Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, geography, political science or related field, and one to three years relative experience.A satisfactory equivalent combination of experience and training which ensures the ability to perform the work may be considered, including relative internship and/or applied project experience as plus.

Position Summary: This is a full-time position, working on-site in our beautiful office along the riverfront in downtown Rockford, Illinois.

Illustrative examples of work to be performed include:
At a planning level analyze the linkages between land use, demographic, housing, economic development, environmental and transportation initiatives.
In coordination with local land use and community development planning departments, develops updates to comprehensive land-use plans, zoning codes/ordinances, and sub-area studies.
Recommends strategies to reduce urban sprawl and maintain prime agricultural farmland zones, reviews existing land use plans for consistency and recommends changes where appropriate.
Participates on cross-collaborative teams in conceptual planning on corridor, urban design, and redevelopment studies.
Evaluates or assists in the evaluation of rezoning, ordinance amendments, site plans, special use permits, variances and other proposal.
Reviews or assists in the review of moderately difficult development proposals and site plans for conformance with zoning ordinances, codes, plans, and regulations.
Assists in the development of current and long-term land use and housing goals.
Analyzes development trends and researches balanced growth opportunities.
Investigates potential project funding, planning funding, and prepare fiscal reporting documents to assist in the implementation of regional and local land use and housing goals.
Researches, analyzes and recommends green community and smart cities initiatives.
Provides research, writing, and support for plans, reports, studies, and applications.
Contributes to writing narratives used to obtain grants funding.

Compensation and Benefits: Rate of pay will take into consideration prior applicable experience. Full-time positions include a generous paid time off package including vacation, sick, personal, holiday, and floating holiday time, and access to health, dental, vision, and life insurances; flex, dependent care, and health savings accounts; employee assistance program; and retirement plans including IMRF pension and 457 deferred compensation.

About Region 1 Planning Council: R1Planning, a special-purpose, regional government agency, is an engine for regional collaboration and governmental efficiency in Northern Illinois. We serve a six-county area through long-term, multi-jurisdictional, and state and federal projects including analytics, funding, and planning.

What do our team members love about working at R1? Our team is passionate about doing work that makes a meaningful, multifaceted impact on the region and its residents. Team members enjoy working with one another, with a mix of individual and collaborative work that advances their skills, knowledge, and experience.

We are interested in every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the US. However, we cannot sponsor visas.
Preference will be given to persons living (or willing to relocate within the first 60 days of employment) within a 45-minute commute.
Employment is subject to drug screening.
Region 1 Planning Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity and inclusion.

Salary: From $42,500.00 per year; commensurate with experience

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