Upper Gwynedd Township, in Montgomery County, PA is seeking candidates for a full-time Planning Coordinator & Zoning Officer.

The Planning Coordinator & Zoning Officer is responsible for processing all incoming communications regarding planning and zoning matters and is a liaison for the Township’s Planning Commission, and Zoning Hearing Board. Primary functions include coordinating with the Assistant Township Manager in phases of municipal land use administration; reviewing proposed amendments to Township ordinances; and, participating in long-range planning, community development and economic development initiatives. This position also serves as the Floodplain Administrator, Zoning Officer, and administers the Township’s policies, procedures, and protocols to ensure a smooth experience for anyone who contacts the Township offices. The desired applicants will have the ability to read and understand land development engineered plans; knowledge of zoning regulations and the PA Municipal Planning Code; floodplain regulations, principles of zoning, practices and concepts of planning and land development; customer service oriented; excellent oral and written communication skills; strong digital and computer skills, including familiarity with GIS; and ability to prioritize duties and work on several projects simultaneously. Candidates should possess a bachelor’s degree with at least three years of experience in local government, planning, code enforcement or a related area.

Please submit resumes to Deanna Logan, Administrative Assistant, at Dlogan@uppergwynedd.org by 4:00pm on July 26, 2024.

Position Summary:

The Planning Coordinator & Zoning Officer is responsible for processing all incoming communications regarding planning and zoning matters and is a liaison for the Township’s Planning Commission, and Zoning Hearing Board. Primary functions include coordinating with the Assistant Township Manager in phases of municipal land use administration; reviewing proposed amendments to Township ordinances; and, participating in long-range planning, community development and economic development initiatives. This position also serves as the Floodplain Administrator, Zoning Officer, and administers the Township’s policies, procedures, and protocols to ensure a smooth experience for anyone who contacts the Township.

Minimum Requirements to Hold this Position:

1) Education/Experience/Training:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with three (3) years’ experience in local government, planning, zoning/code enforcement or related experience.
  • Possession of current and valid PA Driver’s License.

2) Comprehensive Knowledge of the following:

  • Knowledge of zoning regulations and the subdivision/land development process in Pennsylvania
  • Understanding of the theories, practices, and concepts of planning and land development
  • Ability to read and understand land development engineered plans
  • Ability to enforce Zoning codes, ordinances, regulations, and standards tactfully and impartially
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; customer service oriented
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, township residents, the public, etc.
  • Ability to prioritize work assignments and work on various assignments simultaneously

3) Licenses/Certificates/Registrations:

  • Valid Pennsylvania Driver’s License

4) Ability To Operate or Use the Following:

  • Standard office equipment, including but not limited to: telephone, computer, scanner, printer, postage machine, copy machine.
  • Microsoft Office software (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.)
  • Ability to use GIS software

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION:

  • Responsible for the administration, interpretation, and enforcement of all municipal ordinances and state laws related to land development and zoning.
  • Professional and technical work involving the processing and review of development applications and permits; reviewing and tracking development plans for completeness and compliance with Township codes, while providing information to interested parties regarding land use policy and making recommendations regarding land use proposals;
  • Provide professional-level planning duties with a wide range of assignments including subdivision/land development reviews, ordinance amendments, conditional uses, comprehensive planning, and other duties as assigned;
  • Assists in preparing agendas for advisory committees;
  • Prepare review letters for Subdivision/ Land Development Applications and ordinances as needed;
  • Attend meetings, including monthly evening meetings, assist with planning studies and participate on steering committees as a representative of the department as needed;
  • Respond to developer, applicant, and resident inquiries regarding land development, zoning, and grading regulations and procedures;
  • Process Zoning Hearing Board applications and Grading permits applications;
  • Investigate citizens’ complaints, questions, and concerns pertaining to zoning;
  • Prepare planning documents, model ordinances, maps, and other information as directed;
  • Contribute to the future development and maintenance of the Township Comprehensive Plan;
  • Any other duties and responsibilities