Planner, Winnebago County, Rockford, IL

Under the general direction of the Director of Planning and Economic Development. Responsible for studies or projects involving knowledge of principles and practices of regional planning and an understanding of the physical, social and economic concepts underlying planning, as well as the application of professional planning knowledge and skills for comprehensive planning problems and ability to provide studies on a wide range of subjects.


  1. Conducts comprehensive planning studies related to economic base, employment, population, land use, public facilities, utilities systems, etc.

  2. Collects and analyzes data, utilizing forecasting techniques when necessary.

  3. Prepares Federal and State grant applications.

  4. Processing zoning petitions and writes recommendations to the Zoning Board of Appeals and the County Board.

  5. Answers public inquiries regarding general planning functions.

  6. Provides technical assistance and services to small communities; such as outlining goals and objectives of a planning program and providing direction for orderly physical development of the community.

  7. Provides technical and professional assistance to small communities on solving present planning problems and avoiding future planning problems; such as, industrial location, transportation systems, public utilities, housing and zoning; land development, etc.

  8. Prepares reports and technical memoranda.

  9. Keeps abreast of planning techniques by outside readings and meetings.

  10. Attends staff and committee meetings as necessary.

Performs other related duties as required or assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Planning or related field from a college or university of recognized standing.

  • Two years of responsible experience in planning; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

  • Knowledge of modern planning principles and practices and of the social and economic implications of planning.

  • Knowledge of modern land use, zoning, population and subdividing concepts.

  • Ability to perform technical research work and to give reliable advice on difficult planning projects.

  • Considerable ability in establishing and maintaining effective relationships with subordinates, other jurisdiction officials and the public.

  • Considerable ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, both in writing and orally.

  • Good professional judgement.

Job Title: PLANNER

Step and Grade: GRADE X

$17.70 PER HOUR

Click here for an application. All applications must be completed on-line.

Deadline to submit your application: July 8, 2020



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