Planner Principal

Planner Principal

  • October 23, 2023

City of St. Cloud

Planner Principal

SALARY                      $73,563.57 – $104,445.33 Annually

JOB TYPE                   FULL-TIME


OPENING DATE         10/20/2023

CLOSING DATE          Open until filled.


This position performs diverse, complex assignments, which require extensive coordination with City departments, and other local or regional jurisdictions and agencies to optimize the effectiveness of the City’s land use, infrastructure, growth, and development while protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the community’s inhabitants.  This position may perform the duties of the lower-level positions as deemed necessary or required.

  • Manages multiple development applications and special projects as assigned. Involves continual coordination with applicants, intergovernmental agencies, and other professional affiliates and organizations.
  • Acts as team lead to lower lever planner positions and reports team development and project status to the Planning and Zoning Manager.
  • Conducts planning and zoning reviews for building permits and development applications. Serves as planning liaison for intergovernmental review and coordination.
  • Provides professional and technical assistance to public inquiries related to planning.
  • Draft technical and regulatory reports, including but not limited to ordinances, moratoriums, staff reports, and interlocal and development agreements.
  • Researches and analyzes data to help inform strategic developments using a variety of statistical resources, including but not limited to Census data and Geographic Information Systems.
  • Makes presentations to City boards, stakeholder groups, and the general public.
  • Advises officials on project feasibility, cost-effectiveness, regulatory conformance, and possible alternatives; and discusses the purpose of land use projects such as transportation, conservation, residential, commercial, industrial, and other uses.
  • Prepares and coordinates amendments to the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code.
  • Leads field surveys and investigations, surveys, impact studies, or other research in order to compile and analyze data on economic, social, regulatory, and physical factors affecting land use.
  • Draft ordinances and resolutions for review and approval.
  • Provides technical support or serves as a technical expert to task forces, commissions, and/or advisory committees.
  • Research grant sources and, in conjunction with the City’s Grants Administrator, may prepare grant applications and oversee grant-funded programs;
  • May represent the City at the local, regional, and State level for special projects or assignments.
  • Performs related work as assigned.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

To qualify for this position, you need a bachelor’s degree in planning from an accredited college or university. A master’s degree from a program accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board is highly desirable. You also need a minimum of four (4) years of professional planning experience.

Alternatively, if you have a bachelor’s degree (with a master’s degree preferred) from an accredited college or university, you should have at least five (5) years of professional planning experience.

If you do not meet these requirements, you may still be considered if you have an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Having an active certification with the American Institute of Certified Planners is preferred.


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