Associate Land Use Planner – Board of Zoning Appeals job vacancy in Allen County, IN – Jobs in Indiana

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Company Name : Allen County, IN
Company Location : Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Job Position : Associate Land Use Planner – Board of Zoning Appeals
Job Category : Jobs in Indiana

Job Description :

This position is offered a comprehensive and competitive benefits package, which includes:

  • Medical, dental, vision and more
  • Generous paid time off and holidays
  • Retirement plan with up to 5% matching

This position is full-time, nonexempt, classified and Covered as defined by The Board of Commissioners of the County of Allen Employee Handbook.

40 hours/week; overtime as required

Under the direction of the Senior Land Use Planner – Board of Zoning Appeals, the Associate Land Use Planner – Board of Zoning Appeals is responsible for providing professional land use planning expertise and assistance to a wide variety of clients.


  • Provides technical planning assistance for development, utility issues, ordinance, flood map interpretation, and development/monitoring of community and area plans.
  • Responds to inquiries from other agency personnel and members of the general public and provides information about department services, requirements, standard policies, and procedures.
  • Provides administrative and technical support to the Board of Zoning Appeals, Design Review Committee, and the general public. Formulates findings of fact and conditions for each petition.
  • Acts as liaison between community groups, government agencies/departments, developers, and the general public.
  • Processes improvement location permit applications and zoning violations complaints.
  • Assists with review of easements associated with metes and bounds subdivisions for compliance with code.
  • Generates monthly legal notices, conducts on-site review of proposals, assesses projects for zoning ordinance compliance, and provides comments to developers and designers.
  • Prepares staff report on each petition, attends public hearings and business meetings, and provides expertise and support to the Allen County and City of Fort Wayne Boards of Zoning Appeals.
  • Assist applicants with filing for projects and ensures they are aware of filing dates and required information.
  • Analyzes and disseminates project information in the Allen County/Fort Wayne online permitting system.
  • Reviews petition plans for changes in land use and for compliance with zoning ordinance. Communicates with all parties as needed for correspondence and permit sign off.
  • Collects and researches information through the department’s databases, papers filed, and the internet.
  • Maintains records, reviews applications, and prepares agendas, notices, correspondences, findings, photographs, maps, and graphic materials.
  • Reviews development proposals and other requests for conformance with appropriate regulations and prepares reports and/or recommendations.
  • Responsible for participating in public meetings and hearings, preparing, and making presentations to boards and committees, and meeting with staff and other government agencies.
  • Responsible for assisting with the management of the department’s website by keeping agendas, minutes, notices, and staff reports.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned, including overtime as required.

Minimum Requirements and Working Conditions


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning, Public Administration, Community Development, or related field with one year of experience in community development, planning, or related experience
  • Valid Driver’s License to perform on-site reviews and/or to operate county owned vehicles required
  • Knowledge of community planning principles and practices to review plans and apply ordinance standards to determine compliance
  • Strong written and oral communications skills to effectively communicate complicated information to coworkers, the general public, and other government bodies
  • Knowledge of research practices and principles to apply to current situations and issues
  • Demonstrated customer service skills with the interest and willingness to work with others
  • Strong computer skills with the ability to learn and manage various computer programs including, but not limited to, Microsoft Office, ArcGIS, and other job-related software
  • Knowledge of electronic permitting software desired


The Associate Land Use Planner – Board of Zoning Appeals works in an office environment with the ability to move about freely with frequent sitting, transcribing/proofreading, mental/visual effort, typing, and attention to detail. Some lifting of up to twenty pounds, bending, pushing/pulling loads, monitoring equipment, detailed inspection, exposure to extreme temperatures, and noise are to be expected.

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