Associate Planner, Inspections Department, Town of Normal, IL

The Town of Normal is seeking a responsible individual to provide support to multiple public commissions, planning and zoning boards, and Town administration. This position assists in urban planning functions in a dynamic university community with a nationally recognized Central Business District revitalization plan and commitment to environmental sustainability. This individual facilitates the review by appropriate Town staff of site plans, zoning cases, certificates of appropriateness, and other development-related documents. In addition, this position is responsible for assisting citizens through the interpretation and application of the Town's Zoning Code, generally accepted urban planning and design principles, and historic preservation strategies. Individual latitude is provided within the framework of the Town's municipal codes, and extensive skill in oral and written communication, customer service, and urban planning is required.

Starting salary up to $62,261 DOQ, full salary range is $52,924 to $84,163.

Duties/Essential Job Functions:

  • Serves as primary staff to the Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Uptown Design Review Commission, and Historic Preservation Commission.

  • As necessary, provides staff review and recommendations regarding development and land use proposals including zoning changes, site plans, and text amendments; zoning variations; and so forth.

  • Reviews zoning variance applications.

  • Administers Historic Preservation Commission grant program.

  • Processes applications for certification of compliance for Uptown projects.

  • Serves as the Town's liaison with the State Historical Preservation Agency.

  • Drafts, submits and maintains documentation demonstrating the Town's compliance efforts with the Certified Local Government requirements of the State Historical Preservation Agency.

  • Drafts reports to the Town Council and to various Commissions/Boards.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skill and Abilities:

  • Considerable knowledge of urban planning principles, land use and zoning administration.

  • Working knowledge of transportation planning principles and techniques, including bicycle planning.

  • Working knowledge of long range planning principles and techniques.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to make effective public presentations and draft technical reports.

  • General skill in drafting and design techniques, including some knowledge of computer applications in mapping and graphics (i.e. CAD and GIS). Familiarity with SketchUp and Adobe InDesign and Illustrator products is preferred.

  • Ability to analyze problems and conduct research.

  • Ability to effectively establish and maintain good working relations with Town elected and appointed officials, Town staff, property owners, developers and the general public.

  • Ability to deal with the public in difficult work situations; interpret and explain statutory rules, regulations and procedures.

  • Ability to promote intergovernmental relations and intergovernmental cooperation.

  • Ability to coordinate numerous developmental projects at one time.

Desirable Training and Experience:

A Bachelor's degree in planning with accumulated professional planning experience of at least two years (including exposure to downtown redevelopment, historic preservation land use, and zoning administration) is preferred. A Master's degree from a university or college in urban planning or closely related field is preferred; or, any other experience or training which provides the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities.

To Apply:


Closing Date: 6/16/2021 5:00 PM Central

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