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Susquehanna Township Seeking Planning & Zoning Administrator

1. Administer Zoning Ordinance as Zoning Officer; review and issue or refuse zoning permit applications in accordance with zoning regulations; review building permit applications for zoning compliance; enforce the zoning code; discuss proposals with applicants and other interested parties; conduct inspections to determine compliance; make determinations; respond to questions regarding the zoning ordinance
2. Respond to resident concerns and resolve problems relative to codes and zoning ordinances; review complaints of zoning violations, conduct site inspections, photograph and research suspected violations and issue written notices of violations, and cease and desist orders; conduct follow-up visits to determine if the violation has been abated; file civil complaint(s) with district justice where unabated; prepare appeal applications to the Zoning Hearing Board or state court.
3. Create and maintain standardized forms for applications and other required documents, issue solicitation permits and maintain state police background checks, issue street cut permits, coordinate and maintain bonds/escrow files for private companies and public utilities cutting township roads.
4. Coordinate and direct review of Zoning Hearing Board applications, including appeals and applications for conditional uses, special exceptions, and variances; research past requests, advise applicants of the process; schedule hearings, prepare legal notices of hearing, advertise and post notices on property within established time frames; prepare a summary of facts for Zoning Hearing Board or Planning Commission, provide the applicant and other parties, if requested, with copies of items sent to Zoning Hearing Board.
5. Represent Township at Zoning Hearing Board meetings; present facts, records, and pertinent information to assist Zoning Hearing Board; provide testimony and expertise at hearings; verify decisions are sent to proper parties; enforce conditions established by Board; confer with the solicitor on case developments.
6. Administer Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance as Subdivision Administrator; receive, review and facilitate review all applications and submissions related to any proposed subdivision or land development and stormwater management plans for completeness; monitor plans for provisions that conflict with community development goals established by the Township Comprehensive Plan and Official Map; provide a written review and report of all applications received as to their compliance with the requirements of the related ordinances, and other applicable laws, rules, regulations, and standards; provide the applicant and other parties, if requested, with copies of items sent to the Planning Commission.
7. In addition to the above, the Subdivision Administrator also involves coordination with state and federal laws and other municipal ordinances. These include but are not limited to regulations covering waterways and wetlands, erosion, driveways entering highways, stormwater, floodplain management, water and sewer facilities, zoning, and building codes.
8. Prepare agenda, review minutes, serve as staff support, and attend Planning Commission meetings; present applications, plans, and reports to the Planning Commission for review, comment, and recommendation; follow up with all parties on review of plans and ensure exchange of relevant information. Coordinate among the various internal and external stakeholders participating in the process before plan submission and plan approval, during construction, and after construction has been completed.
9. Prepare reports of permits, plans, applications, and appeals issued for monthly Board of Commissioners reports; keep paper and digital records of applications, permits, certificates, written decisions, variance decisions, and enforcement orders; provide for the lawful inspection and duplication of public zoning records;
10. Stay abreast of evolving standards and course requirements in the field of planning, zoning, and codes; attend workshops and necessary training to maintain certification; read professional literature and maintain professional affiliations.
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*Duties also performed by this employee:
1. Perform duties in related areas of community and economic development activities.
2. Assist with property maintenance codes as needed.
3. Serve as backup Floodplain Coordinator
4. Work closely with the Community and Economic Development staff to ensure building and zoning permits are issued promptly and in a timely businesslike fashion when criteria have been met by the applicant.

The successful candidate must possess land use planning credentials and a high degree of independent judgment, be able to work effectively with a diverse population, elected officials, employees, and applicants. Thorough knowledge and at least 4 years of experience with the PA Municipalities Planning Code and the principles of planning and zoning are required. A bachelor’s degree in planning, geography, public policy, or related field and certification through the American Institute of Certified Planners is preferred. The applicant must possess a valid PA Driver’s license and be willing to work evening hours, as required for the performance of duties.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to: Betsy Logan, AICP, Director of Community and Economic Development, Susquehanna Township, 1900 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110, or email to blogan@susquehannatwp.com by Friday, November 12, 2021, at 4:00pm.

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