Senior Planner

Anne Arundel County, MD Annapolis , MD 21401

Posted 2 months ago

Position Description Benefits Supplemental Questions

This posting will be used to fill a Full time, Permanent, Senior Planner position on the Critical Area Team in the Development Division of the Office of Planning and Zoning.

The Development Division is responsible for the review of all commercial and residential minor and major subdivisions, residential and commercial building and grading permits, and Site Development Plans for compliance with adequacy of facilities, parking, subdivision, zoning, and landscape ordinances, along with Federal, State, and local environmental regulations. Additionally, the Development Division is responsible for the review, tracking and decision on all modifications to the subdivision regulations, modifications for permits being reviewed by the Division and provides comments to the Zoning Section on most variance and special exception applications.

The Critical Area Team conducts the review of all Development Division projects that fall within the Critical Area for compliance with all applicable State and County regulations

This is advanced professional and technical work in the field of urban planning, program management and/or development coordination, review and management.


The incumbent is responsible for project management, technical studies, planning and drafting legislation involving land use, transportation, environmental resources or urban design. Work may also include project management of site plan review, zoning and subdivision regulation, and coordination of interests inherent to the land development process. Work may involve managing and reviewing the work of other professional and technical staff members engaged in special projects that necessitate the expertise of several disciplines and/or specialty program aspects.

Examples of Duties and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: (Note: The duties and responsibilities enumerated in this class specification are for the purpose of determining a common set of minimum qualifications and salary level for all positions in this class. They are not intended to include all of the essential functions of all positions in the class.)

Conducts research, planning and technical analyses for complex planning projects related to land use, transportation, environmental resources or urban design. Project management of site-plan review, zoning and subdivision regulations, and multi-agency and jurisdictional review of large-scale land use proposals.

Oversees and coordinates the process, review, and management of site development plans, zoning, subdivision regulations, and multi-agency and jurisdictional review of large-scale land use proposal developments and preparing recommended departmental positions on complex projects involving land use, transportation, environmental resources, or urban design.

Coordinates review and formulation of multi-jurisdictional regulations affecting broad development plans.

May supervise the work of professional and technical subordinates engaged in planning, review, and other phases of projects/programs.

Performs related work as required.


Thorough knowledge of current principles and practices of planning, land use, zoning, subdivision, environmental and urban design.

Thorough knowledge of research methods employed in the collection, evaluation, and presentation of planning data.

Thorough knowledge of laws, regulations, and policies as they apply to planning, zoning and land use controls.

Ability to present research and study briefings, written and oral, in a clear, concise, and understandable manner to citizens, elected officials and other professionals.

Ability to manage professional and technical employees engaged in planning studies, programs and projects.

Skill in preparing and presenting findings and recommendations effectively both orally and in writing.

Ability to establish effective working relationships with subordinates, appointed and elected officials, state and local government representatives, and citizen interest groups.

Minimum Qualifications:A bachelor's degree from an accredited four year college or university with course work in planning or Environmental Science, Natural Resource Planning, Geography, Geology, Social Science, Public Administration, Public Policy Analysis, Landscape Architecture, or a closely related field; six (6) or more years of experience in professional planning and zoning work, or a closely related field; and a valid non-commercial Class C motor vehicle operator's license.

Supplemental Qualifications:Preference will be given to applicants with the following:

1.) Four (4) or more years of experience/knowledge in reading, interpreting, and applying Chesapeake Bay Critical Area, Maryland Forest Conservation, subdivision, zoning, long range planning, FEMA, as well as other development and environmental regulations to the review of site development plans, subdivisions, grading plans, lot coverage plans, forest stand delineations, forest conservation plans, plats, associated development and construction plans, associated legal documents, and permit plans.

2.) Six (6) or more years of experience in project management of difficult to complex residential, industrial, multi-phased mixed use and commercial subdivision development projects.

3.) Six (6) or more years of customer service experience in a fast-paced environment to include telephone and face to face contact with the public, government departments, outside (private) agencies, appointed and elected officials, consultants/engineers, and co-workers.

4.) Wetland delineation, Forest Conservation and/or other similar environmental certifications.

5.) Knowledge and experience with Climate Change Adaptation Planning.

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