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Planner #2301-211400-02

Commercial Zoning Compliance Work Group

Date Opened
Wednesday, February 01, 2023 8:00 AM
Close Date
Wednesday, February 15, 2023 8:00 PM
Planning Design & Development
  • $62,952-$78,689 Commensurate with Experience
Employment Type
  • Full Time


The City of Charlotte is the largest municipality in North Carolina and the 17th largest city in the United States, with a total population of more than 872,498 citizens. A major commerce center, Charlotte hosts several of the nation’s largest banks and technology companies.

Also known as the Queen City, Charlotte is home to the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. We work hard to ensure that the community will be a winning city for everyone – a truly remarkable place to live, work, learn and play. Join us in helping to keep our City thriving, ensuring upward mobility and advancement in the workplace.


The Land Development Division of the Department is seeking a planner with moderate zoning experience who will coordinate the zoning compliance reviews and approvals of land development proposals within the City based on geographic areas for compliance with the Zoning Ordinance.  Work performed is technical and detail oriented requiring the application of zoning regulations and adopted streetscape plans as they relate to proposed land development projects.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Responsibilities include attending pre-submittal meetings with designers and developers, answering inquiries via phone calls, emails and walk-ins from design professionals, attorneys, developers, building contractors, and the public concerning zoning issues.  The position also requires coordinating with other City staff on specific project proposals including rezoning petitions, Zoning Ordinance amendments, variances, and appeals.  Ability to participate in a team environment, comprehend technical code regulations, and problem solve complicated zoning related matters is a must. 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge of site design and architectural principles and practices. 
  • Knowledge of planning and land development principles and practices related to regulatory services.
  • Ability to comprehend technical ordinance and legal requirements related to zoning matters and convey such information in an easy to understand fashion.   
  • Analytical skills applicable to planning and regulatory projects and initiatives.
  • Excellent customer service skills (such as the ability to effectively communicate graphically, verbally, and in writing)
  • Effective time management (maintaining project review schedules, managing multiple projects).
  • Ability to work collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams to achieve positive impacts on the community.
  • Ability to perform effectively and efficiently with a moderate level of supervision.  

Preferred Qualification

  • AICP, CZO, or other certifications desirable but not required.
  • At least five years or more of relevant planning and/or zoning related work experience preferred.  

Minimum Qualifications

Four-Year degree in Planning, Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Geography, or related degree.

Conditions of Employment

The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.

Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.

Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.

The City of Charlotte requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment for any new City of Charlotte employees. The City is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and as such, will consider reasonable accommodations as required by law.

The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How To Apply

Apply online.

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The City of Charlotte provides a comprehensive benefits package to all employees.

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The City of Charlotte is a drug and alcohol-free workplace.

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