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Town of Emmitsburg Seeking Planner

Job Position


Town Planner

Job Description 


The Town of Emmitsburg has an exciting opportunity available for a Town Planner. The Town Planner directs and assists management with all municipal planning and land use functions for the Town. Acts as an advisor to the Town Board, Planning Commission, and Board of Appeals and provides leadership and support on all planning and infrastructure related projects. Additional responsibilities include grant writing and administration, permit issuance, ordinance creation/modification, zoning enforcement, maintaining accurate records, and public interaction. This position falls under the general supervision of the Town Manager. Additional duties will/can be assigned by the Town Manager and Mayor.


  • Prepare Comprehensive Plan for the town on a periodic basis, as required by MD Land Use Law. Coordinate plan review process with staff, applicable county and state agencies.
  • Work with state and county agencies, developers, engineers, architects and other professionals on infrastructure projects within the town, as well as individual site development projects. Coordinate with County and State agencies on planning issues.
  • Manage the Geographic Information system (GIS) and coordinate with other departments and consultants as needed.
  • Research potential grants, write grant applications, and manage grants received. Compose progress reports and other required elements.
  • Evaluate site plans, plats and documents for compliance with applicable regulations and codes, and distribute plan and plat review comments to Planning Commission and other involved parties. Interact with developers and consultants in the course of plan review.
  • Review permit applications for compliance, work with applicants, and coordinate review with Frederick County Permits office. Issue permits and supervise permit tracking.
  • Provide guidance for, and supervise zoning aspects of, Code Enforcer’s duties. Confer with Town Manager when needed. Attend court proceedings as needed.
  • Attend meetings of the Planning Commission and Board of Appeals. Attend Town Board meetings as needed. Prepare comments and presentations as needed.
  • Draft new or modifications of sections of the Town Code as directed.
  • Research and/or design small-scale projects and coordinate elements needed for implementation.
  • Develop, distribute, and advertise Request for Proposals. Evaluate and make recommendations on responses.
  • Maintain map and plan files for Town and development projects.
  • Other related duties and assignments as directed by the Town Manager and Mayor.

Salary range (dependent on experience): $55,503-$61,042

Job Requirements 


Education/Work Experience: Bachelor’s degree in Land Use Planning or a related field, with at least four years of related experience. Equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered. AICP certification is desirable.

Job Skills/Abilities:

  • Ability to manage/undertake a broad spectrum of tasks concurrently, meet deadlines, and produce quality outcomes.
  • Working knowledge of standard planning and zoning procedures; ability to read/understand plats and plans.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office programs including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel, and ability/willingness to learn other software programs. Strong understanding of technology used in the field.
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) training and experience.
  • Grant research and writing experience, as well as grant fiscal reporting and project tracking.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, report writing ability, and oral presentation skills.
  • Excellent time management skills with a strong attention to detail, ability to multi- task, prioritize, research discrepancies, problem-solve and recommend/implement strategy and processes to maximize return for the Town.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and also as a team member.
  • Strong analytical skills and mathematical ability.
  • Excellent work ethic and professional appearance.
  • Willingness/ability to be flexible regarding work schedule, including work before/after regular work hours, overtime hours and/or weekends as necessary to support Town requirements.
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record. Willingness/ability to drive to sites as needed in the performance of the job.
    Physical Requirements:
  • Ability to regularly sit, work, perform tasks manually and by computer for extended periods.
  • This position requires a moderate degree of skill in problem-solving and decision-making; memory recall as it pertains to relaying details in an oral/written format, and in reading, writing, and speaking.
  • Moderate lifting (up to 40 lbs.)

How to Apply 


Email amanda@hranswerbox.com.