General Statement of Duties
Performs a wide variety of management, planning, technical and administrative tasks to develop and enforce City-County planning, zoning and development codes and related regulations; does related work as required.
Distinguishing Features of the Class
This is difficult technical, administrative and management work involving the coordination and implementation of City-County planning and development activities. The work is performed under the general direction and supervision of the City-County Planning Director, but extensive leeway is granted for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative. The nature of the work performed requires that an employee in this class establish and maintain close cooperative working relationships with the Planning Director, other Planning Department employees, members of the Planning Board and Board of Adjustment, members of the City-County governing board, other City-County employees, property owners, real estate developers, architects, private land planners, representatives of the business community and the general public. Supervision is exercised over the work of the Administrative Assistants and, in the absence of the Planning Director, over all employees in the Planning Department.
Duties/Responsibilities:Examples of Essential Work (Illustrative Only)
- Participates with the Planning Director in the management, administration and supervision of the Planning Department’s overall operations and activities;
- Monitors land use activities, investigates and analyzes public and private development plans and ensures compliance with the Master Plan (Comprehensive Plan) as adopted by the City-County governing board;
- Prepares and presents written and oral reports to the Planning Board and public to explain the Planning Department staff’s analyses of development plans in accordance with established City-County goals and objectives;
- Monitors transportation and other public infrastructure needs, ensures coordination between infrastructure needs and planning operations and activities and works with the Butte Transportation Coordinating Committee as needed;
- Participates in the preparation of revisions in development standards as needed to facilitate re-use of areas within and adjacent to Superfund and other mining reclamation sites and proposes changes for inclusions in updates to the Master Plan;
- Ensures that accurate records are maintained of land use developments and changes;
- Automates and maintains accurate records for all Planning Department units;
- Provides technical assistance to the Planning Board and City-County governing board on all matters associated with the Master Plan;
- Conducts research of current affairs and trends in land use planning and encourages use and application of research findings by the City-County;
- Participates in the administration of the City-County zoning ordinance, subdivision regulations and floodplain regulations in collaboration with the Zoning Enforcement Officer;
- Processes zoning certifications and related administrative procedures;
- Drafts revisions and amendments to the zoning ordinance and subdivision regulations for review and approval by the Planning Director;
- Analyzes applications for variances, special and conditional use permits and other requests from the public for compliance with the zoning ordinance and related regulations;
- Performs design review of site plans, development plans, preliminary plats, parking plan, sign plans, landscaping plans and related plans and proposals as submitted by the public;
- Prepares, presents and explains written and oral reports for presentation to the Zoning Board of Adjustment;
- Investigates complaints of zoning violations, prepares related reports and provides information and analyses to the City-County Attorney’s Office;
- Participates in the creation, implementation and administration of any necessary permit procedures to protect caps, vegetation and erosion control and describes and explains processes and procedures to developers and builders;
- Participates in floodplain administration, including writing legal ads, preparing drainage report reviews and issuing or denying floodplain permits;
- Documents zoning, subdivision and flood events;
- Performs on-site reviews for compliance with site plans;
- Administers bond determinations and release regulations for subdivisions, new developments and additions;
- Receives and receipts cash received from application fees;
- Initiates concepts and proposals to further City-County land use and development goals and objectives through planning and development activities, operations and guidelines;
- Coordinates procedures with and provides information, reports and technical assistance to all affected City-County departments and agencies, ad hoc committees and groups, utilities, businesses and the general public as requested;
- Provides expert court testimony as requested and required;
- Prepares and provides technical assistance in the preparation of grant applications in concert with the City-County community development department;
- Attends meetings, conferences and workshops as requested and authorized;
- Performs related work as required.
- Perform all duties and work assignments in a safe, healthy, and environmentally sound manner. Specifically, complying with the Health & Safety Program; maintaining work areas in a safe and orderly manner; identifying and reporting unsafe conditions; reporting all accidents; wearing required personal protective equipment; and attending safety-related meetings, training sessions, fit testing, etc.
- Perform all duties and work assignments in compliance with project quality requirements.
- Act responsibly and ethically, and in conformance with generally accepted business, occupational, and professional standards.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Qualifications:Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Comprehensive knowledge of City-County planning, zoning and related ordinances, rules and regulations;
- Thorough knowledge of the theories, principles and practices of urban planning and development;
- Thorough knowledge of local and state laws and regulations pertaining to urban planning and zoning authorities and operations;
- Thorough knowledge of the theories, principles and practices of urban design and historic preservation with an understanding of the principles of aesthetics and design and the integration of historic preservation with new development, design and construction;
- Thorough knowledge of architectural and construction terms, materials and general practices;
- Thorough knowledge of real estate, economic development principles, including property appraisals and tax policies and their impact on urban growth and development and redevelopment, including historic preservation;
- Good knowledge of local history and a familiarity with local historic reference materials, including City and County records;
- Skill in presenting technical information to the public in a clear, concise and easily understandable manner;
- Skill in real estate and related research and analysis;
- Ability to read and prepare construction plans, working drawings and sketches by hand and computer;
- Ability to communicate well and establish effective working relationships with property owners, business owners, real estate developers and others to secure compliance with appropriate city planning and historic preservation ordinances, rules and regulations;
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other City-County employees and supervisory personnel;
- Ability to prepare accurate and reliable reports containing findings, conclusions and recommendations;
- Ability to operate a personal computer using standard word processing, architectural and database applications appropriate to assigned duties;
- Ability to communicate well with others both orally and in writing, using both technical and non-technical language;
- Ability to use logical thought processes to develop solutions according to written specifications and oral instructions;
- Ability to perform a wide variety of difficult technical tasks with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines;
- Ability to quickly learn and put to use new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information and technology;
- Ingenuity and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks.
Acceptable Experience and Training
- Graduation from a college or university of recognized standing with a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning, Public Administration or closely related field, supplemented by additional training in architecture and/or landscape architecture; and
- Considerable experience in urban planning, including some supervisory experience; or
- Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the work.
Required Special Qualifications
- Must possess a current Montana Driver’s license or have the ability to obtain one within a reasonable period of time after employment..
- Must be a resident of Butte-Silver Bow during employment according to Butte-Silver Bow Ordinance. See below.
“2.08.010 Residence during employment.
From and after October 1, 1979, all employees of the local government of Butte-Silver Bow shall be bona fide residents within the boundaries of Butte-Silver Bow during the period of their employment by the government of Butte-Silver Bow.
(Ord. 85 § 1, 1979)”
The City-County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical disability, or veteran status.
This job description is a summary of the typical functions of the job, not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities. Tasks and duties of the employee may differ from those outlined above.