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Village Planner, Village of La Grange, IL

Updated: Jun 5

Position Summary 

The Village of La Grange (pop. 16,321) is seeking a motivated planning professional to serve as its next Village Planner. Under the supervision of the Deputy Village Manager/Community Development Director, the Village Planner has broad autonomy to guide all aspects of Village planning and zoning activities. The Village is nearing the completion of a Comprehensive Plan update and will soon begin a full rewrite of the Zoning Code. The new Village Planner will be instrumental in these significant projects that will shape the future of La Grange.

The Village Planner serves as the primary staff liaison to the Plan Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Design Review Commission and provides professional analysis of submitted petitions.  The Village Planner is also responsible for zoning administration, interpreting and applying Village zoning regulations, and responding to permit applications and inquiries from residents, developers, and contractors. The Planner is a critical part of the Community Development team, working closely with the Building and Inspectional Services Manager and outside consultants to ensure the Village’s development services are efficient and effective.

The Planner interacts with various constituent groups; necessitating a customer service-oriented approach. Ideal candidates should have strong project management skills and the ability to perform detailed technical analysis.  Candidates should have the ability to research a complex topic and distill the key issues in a written report and/or verbal presentation that is easily understood by non-technical audiences. A creative approach to problem solving and growth mindset will help the chosen candidate succeed in this role. 

Minimum Qualifications

Qualified candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning or related field, with a Master’s degree preferred.  At least two years’ experience as a professional planner, preferably working in municipal government, is desired. AICP certification, or ability to obtain AICP certification within one year is expected. Proficiency in ArcGIS, Adobe Creative Suite, BlueBeam electronic plan review, or OpenGov software is preferred, but not required.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary for this position is up to $91,815 DOQ. The Village offers a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, and life insurance, Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) pension, paid time off, professional development, annual cost of living increase and merit-based increases. 

How to Apply

Position will be open until filled. Qualified individuals interested in being considered for the position must email their resume to: with “Village Planner” in the subject field.

For any questions during the application process, please contact Human Resources at Successful completion of physical exam, background investigation including reference checks, and drug screening is required.

The Village of La Grange is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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