Town of Cary, NC - Cary, NC

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Performs difficult administrative and compliance work in the enforcement of the Town’s zoning code and Land Development Ordinance (LDO). This position requires independent judgment and discretion in the performance of duties. Work is performed under the general supervision of a Principal Planner.

Anticipated hiring range: $46,529.60 - $65,000.00 depending on preferred qualifications.

Typical Tasks:
Receives complaints, makes site visits to investigate and identify potential violations, makes difficult and sometimes controversial interpretations, and applies enforcement procedures consistent with the LDO and Code of Ordinances; Assists Zoning Compliance Officers with more difficult and/or complex interpretations and enforcement activities;
Explains nature of violations where applicable, informing and educating citizens, local business managers and property owners;
Negotiates solutions to zoning requirements and code violations;
Prepares written Notices of Violation or Citation when necessary; Reviews and studies construction site plans, attends pre-construction meetings;
Provides information to contractors and answers questions;
Monitors construction development through all phases by direct inspections;
Maintains a daily inspector’s log of job progress; Coordinates with planners on Planning Department review and comment of fit-up permits, researches applicable site requirements, conducts site inspections to verify compliance, and documents results;
Approves requests by contractors and developers regarding minor changes and field adjustments to approved site and subdivision plans based on field conditions and other unforeseen factors;
Reviews Wake County ABC permits;
Reviews and issues fence and temporary sign permits;
Coordinates with planners in preparation of zoning verification letters for attorneys and financial institutions;
Answers questions from citizens, contractors and developers pertaining to permitted, conditional and special uses, and setback requirements;
Interprets zoning code to the public, developers, and others;
Provides assistance to town planners on various field matters;
Mentors Zoning Compliance Officers in the field;
Maintains appropriate correspondence and records; maintains inspection records, permits, plans, and related documents on files;
Suggests LDO amendments and assist with preparing draft text;
Performs other job-related tasks as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Thorough knowledge of zoning codes, LDO, standard specifications, and other Town ordinances; thorough knowledge of appropriate enforcement techniques; thorough knowledge of applicable federal, state and local laws regarding zoning and building administration and enforcement; general knowledge of the principles and practices and applicable laws regarding planning, subdivisions, building permits, privilege licenses, and building code enforcement; general knowledge of landscape design and commonly used plant material, growth habits and form; general knowledge of the use of personal computers, including use of geographic information systems and preparation of presentation material; ability to interpret codes and ordinances and enforce; ability to read and interpret plans, topographic maps, specifications and blue prints; skill in contacting, communicating and negotiating with property owners, developers, and the general public and in exercising firmness and tact in the enforcement of codes and ordinances; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, the public and Town officials; ability to be consistent and fair in the exercise of effective discretion and judgment; ability to present facts and recommendations effectively in oral and written form; ability to solve problems; ability to work independently

Minimum and Preferred Qualifications:
Minimum requirements:
  • Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in urban planning, architecture, engineering or related field and a minimum of five years experience in municipal planning or code enforcement
  • A valid driver's license with a good driving record
  • D rug testing prior to employment
  • Background check (which may include criminal check, education verification and credit history review) prior to employment
Preference will be given to candidates that possess the following:

  • Certification as a Professional Planner (AICP) or Zoning Official
  • Ability to handle confrontational situations in a diplomatic manner
  • Ability to read and understand construction plans and then confirm that they are being correctly implemented in the field - Ability in the field to recognize changes from the approved plans that are significant enough to require documentation - A working knowledge of plant material sufficient to evaluate compliance with buffer performance standards and to also offer landscaping suggestions when needed - A general understanding of site construction processes and associated tasks - Ability to mentor and/or teach others - A high attention to detail