Community Development Specialist


DATE:  1-20-12

JOB TITLE:  Community Development Specialist
DEPARTMENT:  Community Development Department

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR:  Community Development Director

DIRECTION OF OTHERS:  Planning Technician

MINIMUM EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE:  Bachelor's Degree in Urban Planning or related field and two years of related municipal experience.

PREFERRED EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE:  Master’s Degree in Urban Planning or related field.

NATURE OF WORK:  Assists the Community Development Director in all functions of city planning, zoning and economic development.

I. Assists the Community Development Director in the administration and enforcement of the                              zoning, subdivision and sign ordinances.

  A. Reviews, evaluates, and approves building plans for compliance with zoning and sign ordinances.
  B. Reviews and evaluates subdivision plats for compliance with subdivision ordinance.
  C. Advises builders, developers and property owners on ordinance requirements and provides technical design assistance when needed.
  D. Performs site inspections to determine code and ordinance compliance.
  E. Informs property owners of ordinance violations and initiates enforcement procedures.
  F. Revises, updates and develops new ordinances.
  G. Responsible for street and utility easement vacation proceedings.
  H. Serves as staff for Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals.
  I. Prepares applications for variances, conditional use permits, zoning changes and subdivision approvals. Prepares agendas, notices, reports, presentations and minutes for Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals meetings.
  J. Prepares reports for City Council meetings regarding recommendations by the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals.

II. City Planning Functions.

  A. Performs long-range City planning, including developing and administering comprehensive master plan.
  B. Conducts research and develops policies related to City planning.
  C. Creates plans and related reports, including land use, street alignment and lot division for specific areas of  the City.
  D.  Assists with annexation requests.

  E.  Performs other planning related duties as assigned or apparent.

III. Economic Development Functions: Assists the Community Development Director in duties relating to economic development initiatives for the Economic Development Authority.

  A.  Drafts proposal for potential businesses.

  B.  Assists with applications for city incentives such as Tax Increment Financing, JOBZ, Minnesota Investment Fund and tax abatements.

  C.  Completes required reporting to Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) for outstanding economic development applications.

  D.  Assists in economic development initiatives as assigned or apparent.

IV.  Other Administrative Functions.

  A. Supervises and assigns tasks to the Planning Technician.
  B. Serves as staff for the Downtown Parking Committee. Prepares agendas, reports, presentations and minutes for the Downtown Parking Committee.
  C. Responsible for addressing properties in accordance to the City's street numbering system.  

  D. Represents the City and its interests in dealing directly with public and private agencies and organizations, news media, and private citizens.

I. Extensive written and oral interaction with the City Council, Planning Commission, city staff, the general public, business people, developers and other local, state and federal agencies.
II. Develops public understanding of work and activities of the department.

I. Must possess a valid Minnesota driver’s license.

I. Employee must be capable of operating miscellaneous tools and equipment relative to this Employee position which shall include but not be limited to: keyboarding skills, personal computer skills including the use of word processing, spreadsheets, data base software, and GIS; ten key calculator; phone; copy machine; fax machine; and because duties include work accomplished outside the office, the use of an automobile, demonstrated by the possession of a valid driver's license.

I. Generally 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday with regularly scheduled evening meetings.
II. Working environment is typical of office work with a usually quiet noise level. The employee shall also engage in work outside the office including meeting at various locales.

In compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act the following represents the Physical andEnvironmental Demands:This position requires an equal amount of time spent standing, walking, and sitting. Lifting, pushing/pulling, or carrying objects weighing up to twenty-five (25) pounds is sometimes required, with a maximum of seventy-five (75) pounds infrequently required. Climbing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, twisting, and bending are sometimes required. Repetitive movements of the hands are sometimes required. Audio, visual, and verbal functions are essential functions to performing this position. The majority of the workday is spent indoors.