Arlington County, Virginia
$92,643.20 - $141,481.60 Annually
May 13, 2022
Jun 03, 2022
Full Time
Position Information

Note: The pay ranges listed above are effective June 19, 2022.

The Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development (CPHD) is seeking a Principal Planner to join the Comprehensive Planning team within the Planning Division to provide advanced level leadership for community and urban planning, including the management, development, implementation, and evaluation of overarching programs or portfolio management and guidance. The Planner will be the Division's expert on Columbia Pike and related County plans, policies, and Form Based Code (FBC) zoning, which may involve coordinating the preparation of land use studies and policy development processes; plan and policy implementation strategies such as FBC development review and zoning amendments; and managing the activities of associated community engagement processes including stakeholder working groups, and interagency planning initiatives. Help us guide Columbia Pike corridor's transformation into a vibrant, mixed use, multimodal and diverse community that is near and well connected to the growing urban neighborhoods of Pentagon City and Crystal City to its east.

The Comprehensive Planning team is responsible for communicating and promoting the Comprehensive Plan, including the land use growth policies for the County, conducting long-range land use studies, developing policy recommendations and zoning implementation tools, analyzing major development requests for consistency with adopted plans/policies, and conducting community engagement to facilitate and communicating the desired vision and outcomes for the County. The team's responsibilities also include managing targeted work portfolios for the Columbia Pike, Richmond Highway, and Langston Boulevard corridors.

Specific duties include:

  • Managing daily planning, development review, and implementation activities for the Columbia Pike Initiative, and other special revitalization-focused areas;
  • Serving as the Division's main point of contact and technical expert on planning work for Columbia Pike, and serving as the liaison to the FBC Advisory Working Group;
  • Conducting planning studies leading to new Columbia Pike (or other targeted geography) policies or zoning regulations to facilitate evolving County-wide policies or to meet community objectives;
  • Conducting, coordinating, and managing the review of FBC or other special exception development proposals and site-specific FBC text or map amendments;
  • Responding to developer inquiries to guide them in the development review process and negotiating changes and alternative site planning solutions with applicants;
  • Conducting field inspections, reviewing administrative changes to approved plans including building facades and other site features, and advising on consistency of proposed plan revisions with approved plans and zoning regulations;
  • Applying a broad understanding of transportation, public space, and facilities, biophilic and sustainable design, historic preservation, housing, economic development, and urban design policies and guidelines to planning review work;
  • Working with staff to investigate and develop recommendations on planning, zoning, construction, legal or other issues in assigned planning area;
  • Composing reports on recommendations of development projects, land use plans, policies or zoning amendments and presenting recommendations in public hearings with the Planning Commission and County Board; and
  • Managing consultants and related procurement activities.
The successful candidate will have:

  • The ability to work independently and perform as a team-player who can manage multiple tasks, including communication skills to advise and report on planning and zoning matters;
  • Excellent land use and urban design sense, and experience with planning, urban and architectural design, and other best practices, such as Transit-Oriented Development (TOD), Sustainable Design, Smart Growth, Biophilic Design, Equity in Planning, form-based codes, and traditional zoning;
  • Project management experience in a highly complex and fast-changing planning and development environment, and confidence to work with a range of planning, architectural, engineering, and other professional disciplines;
  • Political acumen, excellent community engagement and negotiating skills; and
  • Experience organizing, facilitating, and supporting the work of appointed boards, commissions, committees, and citizens.

Selection Criteria

  • Bachelor's degree in community or urban planning, landscape architecture, or related field; and
  • Three (3) years of experience in project management of Urban Planning, land use program administration, community development, or related program areas.
Substitution: Additional education may be substituted for experience. Additional experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Desirables: Preference may be given to candidates with a Master's Degree in a related field and a designation/experience in one or more of the following:

  • Working for a government organization in an urban environment;
  • Senior-level project management in community planning studies, plan implementation strategies, and complex site development applications;
  • Application of urban design principles and practices;
  • Preparing and presenting study findings, complex reports, project plans, and recommendations; and
  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Designation.

Special Requirements

The applicant must have the ability to use alternative methods of transportation to get to work sites when performing assignments or the applicant must possess or obtain by the time of appointment a valid Driver License. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

Completion of the Commonwealth of Virginia "Statement of Economic Interest (Financial Disclosure)" form will be required of the successful candidate upon hire and annually thereafter.

A pre-employment background check will be conducted. It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure, and credit history. You may be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information.

Covid-19 Vaccination: Arlington County Government is committed to the health, safety, and wellness for all staff. In support of that commitment, all current and newly hired employees are required to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination. For those qualified employees with a disability or sincerely held religious belief which prohibits them from receiving a vaccine, you will be able to contact the Office of Human Rights to request a reasonable accommodation. Adherence to this policy is a condition of employment.

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