City of Chattanooga TN Senior Planner in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Job Title:

Senior Planner

Closing Date/Time:

Mon. 08/27/18 11:59 PM Eastern Time


$1,626.12 - $2,559.27 Biweekly

$42,279.00 - $66,541.00 Annually

Job Type:

Full Time


Chattanooga, Tennessee

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Supplemental Questions

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency (RPA) is seeking to fil a Senior Planner position in the Community Planning & Design Division. Incumbents in this classification are responsible for providing professional expertise in all aspects of the planning and development process, including policy formulation, neighborhood planning, transportation planning, land use and redevelopment. Duties include developing long-range plans to comply with federal guidelines; administering local zoning; conducting research and analyses; and performing long-range projects related to neighborhood planning, transportation planning, land use and urban redevelopment. Work requires limited supervision and the use of independent judgment and discretion.

Why Chattanooga?

Chattanooga continues to receive international attention for its successes in downtown and riverfront revitalization. Since 2011, Chattanooga and Hamilton County have attracted 9,086 new jobs and more than $1 billion in capital investment, including expansions to Volkswagen's automotive assembly facility and an Amazon Fulfillment Center. Six years ago, our Electric Power Board (EPB) began offering the fastest internet in the country. Recently, EPB rolled out 10 gigabit internet service, available for every home and business in Chattanooga.

Why the RPA?

Community Planning & Design (CPD) is a division of the RPA that focuses on urban design, sustainability and area planning. Our division's work program for the next few years will be focused on developing 12 Area Plans that cover all of Hamilton County. We will also be developing more detailed Station Area Plans/TOD's in some of those areas.

In 2016, Chattanooga adopted a mandatory Form-Based Code for the entire downtown area. The CPD managed that initiative. We also recently completed a Public Spaces project with schematic designs for 4 projects, including a park, a Riverwalk trail and streetscape improvements.

Chattanooga offers a low cost of living in exchange for a high quality of life. Named Outside Magazine's Best Town Ever in 2015 & 2011, Chattanooga boasts a range of outdoor offerings.


The Planner 2 is the second level of a three level planner series.

Examples of Duties:


(The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification, only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.)

Develops various plans, studies and analyses on a municipal, county or regional basis and provides planning assistance to member communities on various land use and transportation projects.

Conducts research and prepares statistical reports on land use, transportation, physical, social and economic issues and trends, other planning related studies; and updates existing plans, studies, programs and regulations.

Prepares planning documents such as community plans, policies, ordinances, regulations, grant applications, technical reports and requests for proposals.

Develops project budgets, administers bidding processes, verifies contract expenditures and compliance.

Performs field inspections to gather data relevant to the development review process and to verify that development projects comply with approved plans.

Presents reports and other findings to staff, appointed boards and elected officials and serves as liaison to the same.

Attends a substantial number of evening and weekend meetings.

May serve as a lead to lower level staff which includes prioritizing and assigning work; training staff on work methods and procedures.

Creates a variety of materials such as maps, reports and brochures, visual presentations, site plans and renderings for presentation in meetings and to facilitate community education and outreach activities with neighborhood associations, advisory boards and elected officials.

Reviews zoning and development proposals and prepares findings for Planning Commission(s) which includes but is not limited to organizing meetings, preparing informational packets for members and performing other related activities.

Reviews and monitors projects to ensure compliance with applicable local, state and federal guidelines.

Communicates and collaborates with a variety of agencies, governmental departments, consultants, boards and community organizations on plans and studies; organizes, conducts and facilitates meetings with neighborhood associations, advisory boards and elected officials.

Monitors development and zoning activity in an assigned area of the County and answers inquiries from the general public.

Represents the Agency, County and jurisdictions and serves as a technical resource on a variety of committees, task forces and/or other related groups.

Reviews, interprets and applies federal, state and local regulations as they relate to planning projects.

Evaluates recommendations for land use, transportation, capital improvement and other areas to be adopted as guides for public policy; works with stakeholders to update and implement plan recommendations.

Updates and maintains a variety of records, files and related planning information.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Seven (7) years of any combination of relevant education, training or experience sufficient to perform the essential duties of the job will be considered.

Examples of relevant education include a Bachelor's Degree in Urban Planning or related field. Examples of relevant experience include professional-level work in urban development, planning or geographic information systems (GIS), as well as community outreach and decision making processes.


Valid Tennessee Driver's License

Supplemental Information:


Knowledge of one or more planning disciplines such as urban design, affordable housing, economic or community development, environmental/natural resources planning, historic preservation or land use; research methods; environmental planning principles; mathematical concepts, including statistical methods; site planning and architectural design principles; planning terminology, methods, materials, practices and techniques; budgeting principles; customer service and public relations principles; mapping software applications; project management principles and practices; applicable federal, state and local laws, ordinances, codes, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures.

Skill in prioritizing and assigning work; using computers and related software applications; providing customer service; implementing public relations programs; managing projects; managing multiple priorities simultaneously; manipulating GIS data; performing mathematical calculations; compiling data from multiple external sources; designing and executing surveys; reading and interpreting architectural and engineering drawings; reading maps and scales; conducting research; interpreting and applying applicable laws, ordinances, codes, rules, regulations, policies and procedures; organizing, collecting and analyzing data; resolving conflict; creating and giving presentations; speaking in public and effective writing techniques, preparing reports and documents; communication and interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with co-workers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.


Positions in this class typically require reaching, fingering, grasping, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.


Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for Light Work. Incumbents may be subjected to extreme temperatures.


Safety Sensitive: N

Department of Transportation - CDL: N

Child Sensitive: N

All employment offers are made at the minimum salary unless otherwise authorized..

All applicants who provide a valid email address will be notified when the position has been filled.

The City of Chattanooga, Tennessee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.