Principal Planner - PLAN - Planning & Land use

South Carolina, USA Req #55
Friday, February 19, 2021


The Principal Planner, performs complex, professional level work in          the field of planning, zoning, and development services, including preparing long-range plans and policies, reviewing plan amendments and requests for zoning district changes, reviewing subdivision and site plan submittals, and preparing and maintaining zoning code and land development regulations. Incumbents in this classification also prepare various complex studies and reports, conduct research and analysis, provide lead direction and guidance to junior staff, provide staff support to various Committees, Boards, and Commissions, write grants, and manage special projects.


• Coordinates with and provides technical assistance to private developers, engineers, architects, contractors, citizens and elected and appointed officials to interpret Town plans and land use regulations.

• Prepares and presents staff reports, analyses, and recommendations for a variety of complex zoning land use approvals, including variances, special exceptions, re-zonings, appeals, planned developments, subdivisions, and permits.

• Reviews complex, large-scale development proposals for compliance with applicable land use, environmental, zoning, and design regulations, issues correction requests, approves plans, certifies compliance, and conducts follow-up inspections.

• Prepares ordinances or revisions to ordinances related to land use and development issues in compliance with and to implement the Comprehensive Plan and other policy direction.

• Facilitates, prepares, drafts, and presents elements of the Comprehensive Plan and documents the public response.

• Manages Comprehensive Plan implementation by writing ordinances, creating special area plans, conducting and use analysis, researching, drafting, and managing amendments, and initiating interagency work/study groups.

• Serves as staff liaison to, or oversees junior staff serving as liaison to, assigned boards, commissions, Town Council or other elected or appointed boards and authorities, including conducting research to identify appropriate course of action for consideration, coordinating and developing training materials and presentations, coordinating correspondence and meeting schedules, Oversees commercial development review team consisting of various departments, utilities, and outside agencies to facilitate and coordinate plan review and adjudicate conflicts between various agency regulations.

• Leads and coordinates daily work activities of assigned staff, instructing and training staff, assigning and reviewing work, assisting with complex problems and situations, and providing technical expertise; and assists with supervision of co-workers by reporting employee problems and providing input on disciplinary action and employee performance evaluations.

• Makes recommendations to the Division Chiefs and Director regarding operational, regulatory, and personnel matters.

• Participates in preparation of departmental budget.

• Represents the Department at various meetings of local, regional, and county organizations, groups, and citizen advisory boards.

• Coordinates planning processes with other Town departments, other public, private, and non-profit agencies.

• Oversees the development plan review process for proposed development projects from initial review through final approval.

• Leads and manages long-range planning, code development, zoning administration, site plan review, or other special projects as assigned.

• Compiles data and analyzes information related to population, transportation, economic issues, fiscal considerations, and the physical characteristics of the Town.

• Prepares annual, monthly, and special reports, along with other requested studies.

• Prepares grant proposals, coordinates grant projects, and prepares final project reports.

• Participates in and oversees public outreach efforts and public information projects related to departmental activities.

• Performs customer service and provides information and answers questions regarding Department activities, projects, proposals, processes, and procedures.

• Performs other related duties as assigned.


• Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning or Public Administration and five (5) years of experience in municipal planning;

• Or an equivalent combination of education and experience;

• Valid South Carolina driver’s license is required;

• Certification from American Institute of Certified Planners is preferred.

• Oversees annexation petitions for presentation to Town Council for consideration.

To deliver superior performance in a manner that is distinctive and impactful to each person served and that establishes a standard for quality that endures for generations.

Other details

  • Pay Type Salary
  • Hiring Rate $54,599.02
  • South Carolina, USA