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Planner I

  • Type:Full Time
  • Salary/Pay Rate:Starting at $1588.27 Bi-weekly
  • Posted Date:June 17, 2019
  • Deadline to Apply:July 31, 2019




Under general supervision, performs technical and professional planning and research work in the Parish Planning & Zoning Department. Employee is responsible for researching and formulating ordinances, procedures and reports intended to assist the Parish in meeting its developmental goals. Work involves providing information and assisting the general public with various forms and applications needed pertaining to proper land use and zoning; supervising and assisting subordinate personnel; reviewing and coordinating the review of land use applications; researching and preparing technical reports in such areas as land use, environmental and economic impact, etc.; preparing planning and zoning surveys, investigations, studies, reports and recommendations and related work as required; and assisting with the updating of the E-911 system. Reports to the Planning & Zoning Director.


Participates in the preparation of surveys, research, reports and recommendations relative to population, land use, major streets and traffic, subdivisions and other aspects of community growth and development.

Selects the methodology, analyzes and applies research data relative to the stimulation and projection of parish and regional growth.

Analyzes economic, social and planning problems in the Parish and assists in the identification of probable causes and possible solutions.

Revises, formulates and prepares ordinances, procedures, staff reports and recommendations concerning zoning and other land use related matters.

Provides assistance to the general public, Parish departments, local and state officials on planning, development and related matters; assists property owners in identifying the various forms and applications needed for certain permits.

Supervises and assists subordinate personnel.

Reviews site plans, subdivision plats, conditional use permits, variances, rezoning requests, etc., to determine and ensure compliance with State and local ordinances, codes and regulations pertaining to land use and zoning; visits sites to determine current use; prepares and mails correspondence regarding compliance with zoning codes and ordinances.

Prepares correspondence, reports, charts, maps, graphs, and other illustrative materials for presentation to the Planning & Zoning Director, Planning and Zoning Commission, the general public, etc.; appears before such boards and persons to explain various reports, charts, maps, graphs, etc., and make specific recommendations for action in matters pertaining to Parish planning and zoning.

Inspects completed and proposed projects for compliance with Parish codes and ordinances.

Prepares answers to technical correspondence.

Provides advisory services to Parish departments and local agencies.

Encourages and assists with the establishment of local and regional planning commissions, community development groups and similar planning agencies.

Confers with director, state and federal officials and administrator, engineers and civic groups interested in planning survey and studies.

Performs minor drafting services within the department such as zoning map updates, transportation plans and other related duties. 


Coordinates activities with other Parish departments, other local government departments and agencies on proposed projects.

Assists with the updating of addresses for the E-911 system; answers questions that may arise concerning zoning issues. 

Approves building permits if necessary.

May participate in the work of special projects when necessary.

Testifies in court relating to zoning issues.

Performs related work as required. 


Bachelor's degree in planning, geography, public administration, or a related field. Have 1 to 2 years of experience in urban and rural planning. Any equivalent combination of experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. 


Must possess a valid Louisiana driver's license. 



Physical Requirements:  Must be physically able to operate a variety of automated office machines including computers, typewriters, copiers, facsimile machines, etc.; and manual and automated drafting tools and equipment. Must be physically able to operate a motor vehicle. Physical demand requirements are in excess of those for Sedentary Work.  Light Work usually requires walking or standing to a significant degree.  However, if the use of arm and/or leg controls requires  exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for Light Work.

Data Conception:  Requires the ability to compare and/or judge the readily observable, functional, structural, or composite characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people or things.

Interpersonal Communications:  Requires the ability to speak and/or signal people to convey or exchange information.  Includes receiving instructions, assignments and/or directions from superiors.

Language Ability:  Requires the ability to read a variety of correspondence, reports, statistical data, maps, site plans, engineering drawings, forms, permits, etc.  Requires the ability to prepare correspondence, statistical and narrative reports, site plans, charts, graphs, maps, etc., using proper formats and conforming to all rules of punctuation, grammar, diction and style. Requires the ability to speak before groups of people with poise, voice control and confidence.

Intelligence:  Requires the ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to  define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagrammatic form; and to deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Verbal Aptitude:  Requires the ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, to follow oral and written instructions.  Must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in various technical or professional languages, including engineering and legal terminology.

Numerical Aptitude:  Requires the ability to utilize mathematical formulas; to add and subtract totals; to multiply and divide; to determine percentages and decimals; understand and apply the theories of statistics and statistical inference.

Form/Spatial Aptitude:  Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width, and shape.

Motor Coordination:  Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes rapidly and accurately in using automated office equipment.

Manual Dexterity:  Requires the ability to handle a variety of items, office equipment, control knobs, switches, etc. Must have minimal levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.

Color Discrimination:  Requires the ability to differentiate between colors and shades of color.

Interpersonal Temperament:  Requires the ability to deal with people beyond giving and receiving instructions.  Must be adaptable to performing under stress and when confronted with persons acting under stress.

Physical Communication:  Requires the ability to talk and/or hear: (talking: expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words; hearing: perceiving nature of sounds by ear).  Must be able to communicate via telephone.


Considerable knowledge of the principles, practices and objectives of urban and rural planning.

Considerable knowledge of Parish zoning ordinances and codes, and related land use and zoning regulations.

General knowledge of the environmental and socio-economic implications of the planning process.

General knowledge of governmental programs, laws, grants and services pertinent to the planning process.

General knowledge of the geographic and socio-economic layout of the Parish.

Skilled in the collection, analysis and presentation of technical data and planning recom­mendations.

Ability to perform minor drafting and graphic arts services.

Ability to use common office equipment, including popular computer-driven word processing, spreadsheet and file maintenance programs. Is able to use manual and automated drafting tools and equipment.

Ability to assist with evaluation of local planning problems and in the development of solutions based on existing laws and good planning practices and to prepare technical reports.

Ability to prepare and interpret cadastral, orthophoto, topographical and other related maps.

Ability to read and interpret surveys and engineering drawings and plans.

Ability to effectively express ideas orally and in writ­ing.

Ability to exercise considerable tact and courtesy in contact with public officials, community leaders, professional groups, and the general public.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships as necessitated by work assignments.

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