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- Senior Planner, VA, USA

Senior Planner

Loudoun County Government

Leesburg, VA

Loudoun County, Virginia, "DC's Technology Corridor," is an innovative, globally competitive community known for its favorable business environment, exceptional quality of life, and strong sense of community. Located in northern Virginia, approximately 45 minutes northwest of Washington, D.C., Loudoun County is a thriving community of more than 375,000 residents. Loudoun has been one of the fastest growing communities of its size for two decades and over that time has developed a dynamic planning environment. Two new Metrorail Silver line stops will open in 2020 in the County and bring with it new planning and community development opportunities for our Department. In addition, the County has begun a new Comprehensive Plan effort, which will be followed by the development of a new Zoning Ordinance. Loudoun offers opportunities for a flexible work environment and the benefit of working with a highly qualified, talented, progressive, dynamic, and professional staff.

The successful candidate will be a key part of the Zoning Administration Team in the Department of Planning and Zoning. The Department is focused on providing high quality customer service and offers unique opportunities to gain in-depth and diverse experience in the planning profession, to include: the development of a land use plan around three new metro stations; facilitating a new county-wide comprehensive plan; the review and processing of a variety of land development applications; the creation of a new Zoning Ordinance that is clear, user friendly and successfully implements the County's updated land use policies and provides solutions to a broad range of complex land use issues; and the streamlining of the County's legislative review processes. As a member of the Zoning Administration team, you will work closely with applicants, the Planning Commission, the Board of Supervisors, the Board of Zoning Appeals, staff from a variety of other County agencies, and the public. Primary responsibilities will include: reviewing a variety of land development applications for zoning conformance, researching and preparing zoning determination letters, processing variance and appeal applications, serving as project manager in the preparation and processing of Zoning Ordinance amendments, and participating in other special projects.

The successful candidates must be customer service focused and exhibit excellent writing, presentation and analytical skills; facilitation and problem solving skills; the ability to communicate effectively with staff, applicants, the public, as well as elected and appointed officials; the ability to meet deadlines and maintain product quality while managing multiple assignments. The successful candidates should have a minimum combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree in Planning or related field (Political Science, Public Policy, Public Administration, Economic Development, Geography, Landscape Architecture, Architecture, or Engineering) and four years of professional planning and/or zoning experience. Preference will be given for membership in the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and for being a Certified Zoning Administrator (CZA) through the Virginia Association of Zoning Officials (VAZO). Knowledge of planning and land use in Virginia is also desirable. Attendance at night meetings may be expected. Positions require a valid driver's license and driving record check.
Hiring Range: $60,114-$87,435. Recruitment #18-A1T-0146. Apply immediately. Visit our on-line employment center at for more information and to apply. EOE
Experience Level
AICP Level
Salary Range
Mid I (1-4 years)
Land Use Planning
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Job posted on 27 October 2017.

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