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Springettsbury Township Seeking Zoning Officer/Planner

This position consists of assignments in support of the Community Development Department using job-related knowledge and self-initiative. Assignments are performed under the direction of the Department Director or other designated Township official. Primary responsibilities include administration of the Township Zoning Ordinance and support to the
Zoning Hearing Board, plan and permit reviews, report writing, site inspections to ensure compliance with the Township Zoning Ordinance and other applicable ordinances. Additionally, provide support to Planning Commission that will include review of subdivision and land development plans in conjunction with municipal engineer, attendance, and participation in developer/staff meetings to discuss on-going and pending plan applications. Assist in the development of comprehensive plan update and corresponding amendments to both the subdivision and land development and zoning ordinances. Coordination and upgrade of the Township’s Geographic Information System Mapping (GIS) in coordination with the
York County Planning Commission.

• Receive applications for zoning permits; review applications and conduct site visits to determine compliance with Township zoning ordinances; prepare and discuss comments with applicant, builder, architect, engineer, job superintendent and/or homeowner; recommend appeal to zoning hearing board to review non-conforming use requests or where variance or special exception is required; issue permits for plans which meet standards; assist public in understanding building and zoning codes.
• Receive appeals and applications for conditional uses, special exceptions, variances, and rezoning requests; work with office staff to complete related tasks, i.e., schedule hearing, advertise and post notices on property, provide applicant and other parties, if requested, with copies of items sent to Zoning Hearing Board; respond to questions regarding the zoning ordinance.
• Administer zoning hearing board meetings and attend hearings; announce cases, answer technical questions. Prepares and distributes meeting packets in a timely and efficient manner.
• Receive and investigate complaints regarding potential zoning violations; provide written notice of violation to owner and maintain communications between Township and property owners until issue is resolved or adjudicated to the satisfaction of the Township.
• Conduct on-site zoning inspections; issue enforcement notice or initiate civil
enforcement proceedings where violation of zoning ordinance is left uncorrected; testify where charges are brought to hearing.
• Document inspection activities and interface with contacts providing prompt follow-up and resolution via email, phone or in person; prepare monthly written report on activities.Assist as necessary with Permitting, Building Codes, Property Maintenance,
Stormwater Management ordinance, and MS4 compliance, inspections, and
enforcement. Assist as necessary with land use planning projects.
• Review SALDO applications and plans for compliance with zoning ordinance and other applicable ordinances. Prepare report to state deficiencies.
• Work closely with the building code team to issue building and zoning permits promptly and in a timely businesslike fashion once applicant meets all required criteria.
• Develops planning studies and reports in support of new and updated plans, programs, and regulations.
• Assists with administration of the Township’s MS4 Program.
• Updates and adds data to the Township’s GIS Database on a regular basis.
• Assists in preparation of detailed reports on development proposals to government bodies.
• Collects statistical data and prepare reports and maps on topics such as census information, land use, tax base data and occupancy rates.
• Evaluates or assists in the evaluation of re-zonings, ordinance amendments, site plans, special use permits, variances, and other proposals.
• Acts as a liaison between community groups, government agencies, developers, and elected officials in developing neighborhood plans.
• Coordinates community review of public and private development projects.
• Provides information to the public regarding development regulations.
• Assists in resolving citizen and customer concerns.
• May attend additional evening meetings, as deemed necessary.
• Provides general customer service and handles walk-ins, telephone, electronic inquiries regarding building permits and procedures.
• Assists in preparation of general correspondence, memorandums, and reports.
• Maintains individual parcel folders and enters electronic data into specific data bases – Energov and Laserfiche.
• Provides backup for support staff.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Knowledge of the principles and practices of zoning and planning.
• Knowledge of a relevant specialization such as GIS, transportation, land use, or affordable housing is desired.
• Knowledge of principles and practices of research and data collection.
• Knowledge of effective writing techniques.
• Knowledge of office practices, procedures and use computer hardware and standard equipment.
• Ability to provide a customer focused approach to resolving problems while remaining firm in enforcement of codes.
• Ability to exercise good judgment, courtesy, and diplomacy in dealing with associates, peers, and the public.
• Ability to interpret various codes and make practical applications in an even
handed, consistent manner.
• Ability to communicate effectively to explain complex regulations in basic terms.Ability to write effective communications to explain reasons for acceptance or denial of
• Ability to work independently on difficult and complex assignments.
• Ability to maintain records and to prepare accurate reports.
• Ability to make mathematic computations and tabulations.
• Ability to regularly report to the job at assigned times and perform assigned duties.
• Ability to be flexible to meet the changing demands of daily activities.
• Ability to interpret plot development and zoning maps and various technical materials.
• Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with engineers,
township staff, developers, landowners, and the public.
• Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information in a professional manner.
• Ability to attend all training as required.
• Ability to occasionally lift light weight objects up to 50 lbs.
• Ability to demonstrate physical agility in ascending and descending steps of
various heights and walking around potentially hazardous construction sites.
• Ability to safely operate a Township motor vehicle.

Minimum Acceptable Training and Experience
• Bachelor’s Degree in planning related field preferred.
• Specialized training in zoning codes and 2-3 years of previous experience in municipal zoning and/or planning preferred.
• Two to three years of experience in front line office setting and customer service.
• Two years of experience in Geographic Information System Mapping (GIS).
• Any combination of education and experience that indicates possession of the knowledge, skills and abilities listed herein.

Licenses, Registrations and Certificates
• Possession of a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license.

Special Requirements
• Ability to pass physical/medical tests, including functionality test.
• Ability to pass drug screening test.
• Ability to pass background investigation.

• Travel is primarily local, although some out of the area travel may happen.

Work is sedentary in nature but may require mobility. Work is generally performed in an office setting but occasionally involves visits to other Township facilities, professional offices, and institutional facilities.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by a person assigned to this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required to perform the job.

EEO Statement
Springettsbury Township provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetics or veteran status. In addition to federal law
requirements, Springettsbury Township complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the township has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

To apply: Please go to the career section of www.springettsbury.com or click here.