Planner, City of Washington, IL

This position is an entry-level position responsible for performing professional, administrative, technical, regulatory and programmatic functions that are the responsibility of Planning and Development Department. This position examines the working plans of proposed buildings and other structures for their compliance with the City zoning ordinance; enforces the zoning regulations; makes interpretations and decisions in applying provisions to individual projects; performs zoning analyses work and other planning functions of the Planning & Development Department.


  • Researches existing records; analyzes and interprets the regulations of the zoning ordinance pertaining to uses, structures and construction within the City of Washington and responds to FOIA requests for zoning related information from external customers.

  • May make zoning-related field inspections of properties to check for compliance with the zoning ordinance and prepares investigative reports on inspections.

  • Performs zoning analyses for applications to determine if zoning relief (e.g., variations, special uses, and planned developments) is required.

  • Performs zoning analyses for permit applications including, but not limited to: Consolidations and subdivisions of property. All work requiring building permits and developments, construction, addition, expansion and conversion of structures.

  • Coordinates inspections for building, electrical, plumbing and life safety. Prepares monthly payouts for each.

  • Figures construction value for new construction from RS Means Square Foot Costs manual.

  • Enforces all City Council adopted building and building-related codes, including IBC, IRC, NEC, the Illinois State Plumbing Code., and the Dangerous Buildings Code.

  • Change of use for business license applications, food services, and as a part of other licensing programs.

  • Control over use provisions, separation of lots, nonconforming status and elimination of uses and buildings.

  • Vacation of alleys and in some cases of sale and purchase of property.

  • Aldermanic and resident complaints of zoning ordinance violations.

  • Reviews submitted building plans with other plan reviewers of the Planning & Development Department and other City Departments as needed.

  • Creates letters and/or makes phone calls on violations and follows up until abated.

  • Prepares lien waivers for unpaid fines.

  • Prepares monthly and yearly building reports

  • Other duties and/or responsibilities as assigned.


  • May subsequently consult with Developers, Engineers and Builders, during the successive phases of planning and on the completed project plan on items including, but not limited to, interpretation of zoning regulations, consultation on alternate plans, compliance, and timeliness.

  • Provides technical assistance, advice, and interpretation to residents and City officials by meeting with them or by phone or email on provisions and requirements of the zoning ordinance.

  • Reviews zoning applications and prepares staff report packets for Planning & Zoning Commission, Preservation Commission, Public Works Committee and City Council as required.

  • Attends evening meetings as required.

  • Performs other related duties as required.


  • Well-developed knowledge of one or more planning disciplines, such as land use, urban design, or preservation.

  • Considerable knowledge of zoning and/or preservation ordinances and Land Use Regulatory policy.

  • Working knowledge of zoning principles and practices.

  • Working knowledge of modern principles and practices of construction.

  • Working knowledge of the legal procedures involved in enforcing zoning ordinances and other related codes.

  • Ability to read and understand architectural plans.

  • Considerable knowledge of and ability to use Internet search engines, word processing software, email, and Windows operating systems.

  • Ability to understand theory and process of land use regulations as administered by local municipalities throughout the U.S. Functional knowledge of personal computer applications including word processing, spreadsheets, web-based applications, databases, and GIS.

  • Ability to work with and relate to a diverse group of residents from varying socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds.

  • Excellent organizational and project management skills.

  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills in dealing with individuals and groups at all levels.

  • Self-motivated, disciplined, organized, and reliable. Innovative, creative, resourceful and independent thinking.


  • A valid Illinois State motor vehicle operator’s license.

  • Ability to be a certified One- and Two-Family Dwelling Inspector and a Plan Examiner.


  • Must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Urban Planning or substantially similar area. Possession of a master’s degree is preferred.

  • Must possess one (1) or more years of progressively responsible experience working in the public sector with land use policy, theory and analysis as applicable to developing land use regulations.


  • Personal computer, including word processing and spreadsheet software; phone; fax; and copy machines.

  • Ladder; scaffolding; tape measurer.


  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.

  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

  • The ability to occasionally work outside in a variety of weather and environmental conditions


  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The noise level in the work environment is moderately quiet.


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The position is open until filled.

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