Planning Manager

JOB CODE: 1062


SALARY RANGE: $49,974 - $84,534

Planning Commission

Manages the Current Planning or Long Range Planning Division with limited supervision of an employee of a higher classification. Supervises the review of preliminary layouts and final approval of plans, under the subdivision ordinance. Supervises the review of rezoning applications, exceptions, and modifications to the zoning ordinance. Assists in the development of policies and administrative procedures. Planning Managers are distinguished from Senior Planners by the greater degree of authority and supervision exercised. Employees of this classification manage a division with assigned staff responsible for research, report writing, presentations, and related activities. Perform other duties as assigned.

Supervises the interpretation of information for development regulations. Supervises the interpretation and completion of information related to the natural and man made environment including physical, social, economic, and cultural conditions and trends as related to future growth and development. Supervises staff responsible for gathering information regarding the implementation of the Master Plan. Supervises the development and maintenance of the Parishwide Geographic Information System related to Planning Commission responsibilities. Supervises the maintenance and distribution of Census information. Assists in the amendment of City-Parish Codes of Ordinances. Advises the general public, engineers, architects, developers, and attorneys regarding division and development of land as required by subdivision and zoning ordinances.

Knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of urban planning. Knowledge of the techniques of planning research and of the municipal, state, and federal agencies and procedures involved in urban planning. Knowledge of development regulations, procedures, and practices Knowledge of economics, municipal finances, sociology, historic preservation, and environmental protection as they apply to urban planning. Knowledge of the principles and practices of the Geographic Information System (GIS) program. Knowledge of the principles and practices of technical report writing. Ability to organize, supervise, and perform technical research on subdivision and zoning related issues. Ability to utilize a computer to interpret and analyze technical and statistical information and to prepare technical, oral, and written reports. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, officials, other agencies, and the general public. Ability to present technical information clearly and in an interesting manner to various groups and the general public. Ability to supervise and motivate personnel. Ability to apply good work habits such as punctuality, reliability, preciseness, and dependability in order to effectively complete assigned tasks and contribute to the smooth operation of the department an division. Ability to attend to details while keeping big-picture goals in mind.


A master's degree in planning or a closely related field (e.g. Architecture, Environmental Science, Geography, Landscape Architecture, Political Science, Public Administration, Sociology), and five years of experience in urban or regional planning OR bachelor's degree in planning or a closely related field (e.g. Architecture, Environmental Science, Geography, Landscape Architecture, Urban Forestry, Political Science, Public Administration, Sociology) and seven years of experience in urban or regional planning. One year supervisory experience required.

Any equivalent combination of education and experience.

(Unless otherwise specified below, must possess at the time of appointment and must be maintained current throughout employment in this classification.) None.


The work examples described in this specification are intended only as an illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from job performance requirements if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the job.