The Planning Manager is primarily responsible for implementation and administration of the City’s Subdivision & Land Development Ordinance, and those other land-use policies enabled by acts of the Commonwealth where participation and responsibilities are assigned to the ‘planning agency’. The Planning Manager will serve at times, ad hoc initiatives of the administration and will provide oversight to HARB and zoning administration
Typical job duties may include but not limited to:
• Act as a point-of-contact for parties initiating the subdivision and/or land development processes, or undertaking other improvements in the City of Reading.
• Closely work with Law department to develop site improvement agreements; amending sections of the zoning and subdivision land development ordinances.
• Provide and interpret information on federally-designated and -regulated flood boundaries (i.e. the National Flood Insurance Program’s rate maps).
• Provide and interpret federally-compiled and disseminated information on population and demographics (i.e. the decennial United States Census).
• Provide professional advisement in issues of placement, design and aesthetics, in keeping with the City’s Comprehensive Plan, appending plans, and generally-accepted urban planning theories and practices.
• Administer the subdivision and land development processes, including all required correspondence, in accord with the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, the City’s Zoning and Subdivision and Land Development ordinances, and other relevant statutes, ordinances and codes.
• Provide professional advisement to the Administration, City Council, and other City boards, authorities and commissions undertaking community development/land use initiatives.
• Perform other duties as may be assigned.
• Requires a Master’s degree in planning or related field and four years of professional experience. Organizations may accept candidates possessing a bachelor’s degree in planning or related field and six years of professional planning experience. Supervisory experience may be preferred. AICP Certification is preferred.
• Five (5) years of full-time professional experience in the field of Community
Development with preference given to experience in the field of Urban Planning.
• Working knowledge of basic principles and concepts of GIS, cartography, GIS data creation and maintenance
• Knowledge of Microsoft Suites (Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point).
• Valid Pennsylvania Driver’s License.