The City of Kings Mountain is located on the western side of Charlotte, NC adjacent to confluence of I-85 and 4 lane Rt. 74 and is approximately 25 minutes from Charlotte Douglas International Airport. With over 11,000 residents and a $40 million dollar annual budget, the City continues a rapid pace growth in industrial, commercial and residential development. The City of Kings Mountain is one of only 2 cities in North Carolina that have 5 utilities available for one stop customer service, including, water, sewer, natural gas, electric and telecommunications-dark fiber. The City of Kings Mountain has economic development as one of the community’s top strategic priorities.
JOB TITLE: Planning Tech I SALARY STEP AND GRADE: 15
Supervisor: Director of Planning and Economic Development
General Description of Duties
The position of Planning Technician is entry-level paraprofessional work. The Planning Technician devotes a significant amount of time on routine administrative tasks. A Planning Technician often works closely with the public on a regular basis to provide customer service on planning issues. Successful Planning Technicians may be asked to perform professional-level (Planner I) duties of limited complexity as a trainee.
Duties and Responsibilities
Essential Duties and Tasks
Provides technical assistance and information to staff and the public in the administration of specific planning-related programs and ordinances
Reviews building plans and zoning permit applications to assure compliance with requirements such as use, bulk, placement, and parking ratios
Performs routine office tasks in designated program areas, including data entry, file management, copying, answering telephone and responding to e-mails.
Develops and maintains automated tracking systems, hard copy files and records
Researches and compiles information on a variety of planning issues from multiple sources
Prepares public notices or property owner verifications
Prepares maps, charts, tables of limited complexity
Investigates violations of planning regulations and ordinances, including site visits
Attends public meetings, assisting other planning staff as appropriate
Reviews parcel legal descriptions
Additional Job Duties
Attends training to attain and retain certifications.
Perform related work as required.
Assist Director and other staff as directed.
Recruitment and Selection Guidelines
Knowledges, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of planning principles and practices, including zoning and other pertinent specialties
Knowledge of principles and practices of research and data collection
Knowledge of effective writing techniques
Statistical, algebraic or geometric knowledge and ability to apply such knowledge in practical situations
Knowledge of computer programs and applications, which may include Microsoft Office, database management and Internet applications.
GIS programs and applications
Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written forms.
Ability to maintain accurate records and reports.
Coordination and communication with all department is a must.
The employee is exposed to inside and outside environmental conditions, animals, and upset citizens.
Ability to exercise judgement and decisiveness.
Ability to be tactful and keep proposed projects confidential.
Oral communication and interpersonal skills to explain rules and procedures clearly to the public
Problem-solving skills to gather relevant information to solve practical problems and address citizen inquiries and concerns
Ability to review plans and apply provisions of the ordinances and codes to determine compliance with such regulations and to apply regulations to field conditions
Ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously
Ability to work independently or in a team environment as needed
Knowledge of computer hardware and software programs, which may include Microsoft office products and database management.
Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of climbing, balancing, kneeling, reaching, standing, walking, lifting, fingering, grasping, talking, and hearing.
Must be able to perform medium work exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
Must possess the visual acuity to prepare and analyze data and figures, operate a computer terminal, operate a motor vehicle, perform field site inspections, and use measurement devices.
Desirable Education and Experience
Associates degree, preferred in planning or construction management
Two years of experience in plans review, zoning administration, building code issuance of surveying is also required.
A bachelor’s degree is preferred and may substitute for two years of experience.
Possession of valid North Carolina driver’s license.
Must be familiar with office and computer functions and terms.