Planner I

Salary Range:  $40,272 - $54,483
Department:  Planning
Supervisor:  Planning Director
Salary Grade:  14

This is a responsible professional Community Development position which requires the incumbent to possess a high-level skill and technical planning background in administering, coordinating and conducting technical reviews as part of the City’s land use regulatory program.  The work is performed under the supervision and direction of the Director but considerable leeway is granted for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative.  The nature of the work performed requires and employee in this class to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City employees, City Council, Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, developer representatives, consultants and the general public.  The principal duties of this class are performed in a general office environment.


  • Oversees application and pre-application process to include setting conference appointments, maintaining related computerized information, verifying application requirements, processing schedules and agendas, and distributing meeting packets;
  • Conducts and facilitates application and pre-application meetings;
  • Interprets and administers provisions of the City’s Ordinances and Development Agreements as related to development plan review, sign permitting, major subdivision reviews, variance applications, special exception applications, appeals, zoning map amendments, and other planning issues in accordance with City, State and Federal regulations and makes appropriate recommendations;
  • Provides professional assistance and prepares and presents planning-related recommendations to Senior Staff, Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, and City Council;
  • Assists in the preparation of meeting agendas, reports and packets and attends meetings as necessary;
  • Assists in reviewing and drafting documents related to the Comprehensive Plan including appendices and gathering information for updates;
  • Participates in neighborhood planning efforts with the public;
  • Recommends governmental measures affecting land use, infrastructure, community facilities and housing and transportation to control and guide community development and City decisions;
  • Gathers, interprets, and prepares data for studies, reports and recommendation;
  • Coordinates zoning and building activities with other departments and agencies as needed;
  • Represents the City on committees requested;
  • Recommends alternative solutions for development or other planning issues according to provisions of the Zoning and Development Standards Ordinances, the Comprehensive Plan, and other planning directives;
  • Monitors construction by performing routine field inspections prior to the issuance of a Certificate of Compliance;
  • Insures completed development activities are consistent with the applicable approved permit requirements by participating in the Certificate of Compliance process;
  • Advises and informs various boards, commissions, City staff, and public regarding current issues, findings, and recommendations related to development reviews, enforcement activities, and City planning activities;
  • Identifies suggestions and participates in the review of Zoning and Development Standards Ordinances text amendments to keep the provisions clear, concise, and up-to-date;
  • Initiates inspection and enforcement of potential Zoning and Development Standards Ordinances violations and provides demonstrative evidence or expert testimony as required;
  • Informs or advises other City employees, the City Council, and community about interpretation of Zoning and Development Standards Ordinances provisions and the City’s Comprehensive Plan;
  • Performs project management, team leadership, budget administration and consultant management for special projects as assigned;
  • Researches and analyzes impact of various State and Federal legislative changes and other issues affecting planning activities and the comprehensive plan;
  • Utilizes and maintains computerized data to include GIS for research, analysis, and other planning needs;
  • Performs emergency or disaster-related duties as assigned;
  • Keeps immediate supervisor and designated others accurately informed concerning work progress, to include present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems;
  • Communicates regularly and facilitates effective working relationships with appropriate others to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations and activities and build cooperation;
  • Attends meetings, conferences, workshops, and training sessions and reviews publications and audio-visual materials to become and remain current on principles, practices, and new developments in assigned work areas;
  • Demonstrates regular attendance consistent with assigned schedule;
  • Performs other directly related duties consistent with the role and function of the classification.


  • Attends professional development workshops and conferences to keep abreast of trends and developments in the field of planning and zoning;
  • Assists the Planning Director, City Manager, and City Council with special projects, as assigned;
  • Performs other related duties as required.




Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Planning, Public Administration, Political Science or a related field;
  • Two (2) years of community development experience; or
  • Any equivalent combination of education and experience.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Substantial knowledge of principles, practices, methods, and strategies in the field of urban and regional planning and GIS software;
  • Substantial knowledge of local government political processes and operations as it relates to planning and development process;
  • Substantial knowledge of basic principles of architecture, landscape architecture, land management concepts, traffic engineering, civil engineering, and Geographic Information Systems;
  • Substantial knowledge of fundamental development codes, ordinances, does enforcement, and building inspection;
  • Ability to develop and facilitate effective working relationships;
  • Ability to demonstrate skill in public speaking;
  • Ability to build consensus, negotiate, mediate, and facilitate throughout the planning and development process;
  • Ability to objectively analyze data and to identify and interpret applicable ordinances and other land use directives;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with others, both orally and in writing, using both technical and non-technical language;
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and/or written policies, procedures, and instructions;
  • Ability to prepare and present accurate and reliable reports containing findings and recommendations;
  • Ability to operate a personal computer using standard or customized software applications appropriate to assigned tasks;
  • Ability to use logical and creative thought processes to develop solutions according to written specifications and/or oral instructions;
  • Ability to perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines;
  • Ability and willingness to quickly learn and put to use new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information and/or technology;
  • Integrity, ingenuity, and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks;
  • Ability to utilize Internet and email;
  • Ability and knowledge to research and produce planning reports.


  • Valid SC Driver’s License, or ability to obtain one.



  • Personal computer, including word processing software, motor vehicle, calculator, phone, scales, radio, typewriter, copy and fax machine.



  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to talk or hear; sit; and use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls.  The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; stoop; kneel; crouch or crawl; taste or smell; and reach with hands and arms;
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds;
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus;
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions.  The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles and vibration;
  • The noise level in the work environment is moderate in the office, and loud in the field;
  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essentials functions.