The Senior Planner position is a professional and technical position that requires specialized comprehensive planning skills. Ability to perform a variety of functions relating to long range land use planning, zoning, environmental planning, permitting, and evaluating complex land use planning issues.  The Senior Planner will support various boards and commissions in preparing reports, studies, and assists with code updates.


Master’s degree in planning, geography, landscape architecture, environmental studies, engineering, or a related field and three or more years of experience in complex comprehensive planning; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification or the ability to obtain AICP certification within one year of employment is preferred.

Essential Duties:

Assists with the development of the Comprehensive and Community Plans.

Assists with the comprehensive plan implementation including the drafting of code updates and initiating ordinances as necessary to realize the vision and recommendations of the comprehensive and community plans.

Manages assigned comprehensive and community planning projects ensuring compliance with all State and County regulations.

Manages community planning projects as assigned and may coordinate community planning efforts with other county, state and federal agencies.

Ensures compliance with zoning and subdivision regulations and other applicable regulations.

Writes and presents reports to commissioners or boards.

Attends meetings and presents reports and recommendations.

Assists permit staff with Critical Area issues relating to buffer management plans, shoreline protection regulations and conducts compliance review with the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Act, Chapter 14. Responds to permit staff and citizen inquires to the critical area regulations.

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