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$ 38,524.00 - 49,118.00


This position performs professional and technical work in current and long-range programs related to the development and implementation of land use plans and policies, capital improvements, infrastructure development and other City projects and programs; performs professional planning work in the administration and enforcement of design guideline for the City; and performs related work as assigned. The incumbent works within a general outline of work to be performed, and develops work methods and sequences under general supervision.


  • Develops and/or assists in the development and implementation of growth management, land use, infrastructure and other plans to meet the City’s needs;

  • Prepares and presents project information and staff recommendations to supervisor, committees, commissions and other such groups as required;

  • Confers with and advises engineers, developers, architects, surveyors, property owners and citizens in the coordination of planning projects and in the interpretation and enforcement of City ordinances;

  • Evaluates land use proposals, development designs, subdivision plans, etc., for compliance with City, county, state and federal laws, regulations, codes and ordinances; evaluates the impact of development proposals and makes recommendations;

  • Processes land use applications; coordinates process with applicants, technical consultants and other agencies; performs site evaluations for proposed land usage; interprets regulations and informs applicants of required actions;

  • Researches, gathers, interprets and prepares data for planning and zoning studies, reports and recommendations; prepares a variety of studies, briefs and reports for decision-making and presentation purposes;

  • Reviews, evaluates and updates the City’s land use ordinances as necessary;

  • Develops and maintains Geographic Information System(s) programs to assist with department planning functions;

  • Performs professional planning work in the interpretation and enforcement of the City’s design and preservation ordinance;

  • Provides preservation and architectural advice in conformance with The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards;

  • Conducts independent research as required related to the Comprehensive Plan and other planning efforts;

  • Organizes and conducts public meetings and makes presentations to various groups related to City planning efforts. These meetings will require frequent evening and some weekend hours;

  • Assists Urban Design Planner and Historic Preservation Planner with the designation and implementation of new historic and design districts, including conducting public and stakeholder meetings to determine and evaluate citizen support, reviewing surveys, posting properties, etc.;

  • Assists with all facets of the Planning Commission, Design/Development Review Commission, Board of Zoning meetings, including meeting with applicants, writing evaluations, staffing meetings, and maintaining pertinent records from meetings;

  • Receives and responds to inquiries, requests for assistance and concerns pertaining to City planning projects, regulations and ordinances;

  • Participates in department marketing and public relations efforts;

  • Maintains records pertinent to planning and development programs and projects;

  • Assists in coordinating department activities and functions with those of other City departments, County and other outside agencies as appropriate;

  • Provides technical direction staff interns in areas of responsibility;

  • Performs routine administrative / clerical work as required, including entering and retrieving computer data, copying and filing documents, assembling materials, typing reports and correspondence, etc.;

  • Attends training, seminars, conferences, meetings, etc., to enhance job knowledge and skills; and

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in urban or regional planning, historic preservation, public history, architecture, or a closely related field;
  • One (1) year of relevant prior experience;
  • May be required to type 30 corrected wpm;
  • Valid South Carolina Class “D” Driver’s License.


  • Skill in the use of Microsoft Office;


The work is considered sedentary and involves walking or standing some of the time and involves exerting up to 10 pounds of force on a recurring basis or routine keyboard operations.


Human Resources Department 

1225 Lady Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Office Hours:  Mon. - Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

(803) 545-3010