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Senior Planner , Town of Bluffton

Job Category
Planning, GIS
Employee Status
Full Time
Position Hours
Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Job Duties

Conducts development reviews; evaluates and authors alternatives with conformance to Town policies, ordinances, and the Comprehensive Plan. Answers questions on development standards for the general public, realtors, and property owners. Conducts reviews for both Historic District and Highway Corridor Overly - Certificates of Appropriateness; writes reports; presents to appropriate board, commission and committee; reviews permit plans for compliance; reviews amendments, etc. Inspects ongoing projects in the field for compliance with approved plans.

Reviews various permits as required (signs, trees, site features, zoning, etc.) Creates and presents staff reports to boards and commissions for which the Growth Management Department supports actions including such entities as the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, Historic Preservation Commission, and Town Council regarding such applications. Serves as Project Manager for complex planning projects; analyzes and evaluates site and architectural plans; performs technical review for project plans and applications; and makes recommendations.

Evaluates and effectively communicates codes, procedures, plan specifications, and alternatives with property owners, contractors, developers, engineers, architects, and the public. Analyzes the success of programs by monitoring and reporting the quantifiable aspects of the program. Ensures Town compliance with applicable federal and state regulations dealing with Growth Management initiatives. Gathers and analyzes statistical data; prepares written reports; and makes oral presentations.


Education and Experience: Bachelor’s Degree is required in planning, urban design, landscape architecture, public administration, political science, economic development, community development, or a related field; and six years of related work experience in planning and community development preferably with experience in urban design and development review; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Master’s Degree is preferred. Licenses or Certifications: Valid South Carolina driver’s license. AICP Certification is desired. Special Requirements: None.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of the principles, methods, and practices of urban planning, development plan review, growth management, community development, and natural resources. Knowledge of federal, state, and municipal legislation impacting municipal government planning and community development efforts. Knowledge of customer service principles and best practices. Knowledge of job-related software such as Adobe software, Photoshop, InDesign, Acrobat, and other similar products. Skill in providing customer service. Skill in communicating, both verbally and in writing

Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with the elected and appointed officials, senior staff, other Town departments, Town employees, and the general public. Ability to work in a fast-paced environment. Ability to select, evaluate, analyze, and interpret data from several sources. Ability to create clear, concise reports including statistical analysis and trending data. Ability to be tactful, discrete, and persuasive. Ability to collaborate with customers, staff, and the general public. Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

Pay Info
$56,463.63 - $90,341.81 Annually
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The Town of Bluffton commits to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity for applicants and employees, complying with local, state and federal laws. The Town’s policy is to employ qualified persons without discrimination regarding race, creed, color, religion, age, sex, country of national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, political affiliation, ethnicity, or status in any other group protected by federal/state/local law. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.