Planner III

JOB CODE: 1058


SALARY RANGE: $43,169 - $73,452

Various City-Parish Departments

Under the general direction of an employee of a higher classification, performs responsible professional planning work of an advanced level in the overall City-Parish planning program. Work involves the coordination of a major divisional function. Supervises the review of preliminary layouts. May review rezoning applications, zoning waivers, exceptions and modifications to the zoning ordinance. Assists in the supervision, review and implementation of land use and development of action programs. Assists in the development of policies and administrative procedures. Serves as a section leader and leads subordinate employees in subdivision planning, zoning, long range planning, or economic development activities. Planners III are distinguished from Planners II by their leadership roles in the respective sections. Performs other work as requested.

Coordinates with the Director, staff and Commission on advanced, current planning, and/or the Geographic Information System; advises engineers, developers, attorneys and the general public regarding division and development of land as required by subdivision and zoning ordinances. Analyzes data, designs basic portions of the master plan, reviews and recommends specific revisions; reviews and prepares all data for public hearings for all subdivisions. Supervises staff responsible for gathering information regarding the implementation of the Master Plan. Prepares and supervises preparation of maps, reports and correspondence on zoning, land subdivision and related planning matters. Prepares and supervises preparation of displays, maps, charts, and distribution of Census information. May assist in the amendment of City-Parish Codes of Ordinances. May advise 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 subdivision and zoning 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 financial management of federal and state grants. 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 lower level subordinate staff. 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 and division.


Master's degree in planning or a related field and one year of experience in planning.

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.