Planning Technician II

$44,073.33 - $73,455.62 Annually
Oct 15, 2018
Oct 29, 2018
Full Time

Provides technical assistance in the Traffic Engineering Section for various programs to include Residential Permit Parking Districts Community Parking Districts, and other parking restriction programs. Conducts field studies, collects and analyzes field data. Uses GIS software and SQL queries to prepare maps and creates/manages/maintains underlying geodatabase attributes and domain information to incorporate into the county's enterprise GIS system. Coordinates with staff to ensure data is accurate and up-to-date. Determines sign locations in the field, and prepares GIS maps showing sign installation locations. Prepares sign graphics and spreadsheets for vendor orders. Reviews signs for meeting FHWA reflectivity requirements. Implements the annual asset management plan for signs, and conducts annual county-wide sign inventory. Creates necessary sign maintenance orders and location maps, and tracks asset replacements. Places public hearing signs in field locations. Performs other duties as assigned, including activities such as providing assistance as needed with other parking and traffic management programs.

Illustrative Duties
  • Performs complex and technical paraprofessional work, requiring independent review and analysis of information, complex calculations, judgment and decision making;
  • Performs over-the-counter permit processing operations;
  • Conducts research of properties including review of digital maps and records, County databases, correspondence and other documents to determine the status of the property with regard to the Zoning Ordinance and Comprehensive Plan;
  • Compares and evaluates architectural plans, site plans, grading plans, plats and permit applications to ensure compliance with the Zoning Ordinance, to include uses, setbacks, parking, building height and proffers or development conditions;
  • Collaborates with submitting engineers, surveyors and other design professionals, and County staff including site review engineers, planners, building plan reviewers, and inspectors from multiple agencies;
  • Evaluates and provides zoning approval of Building Permit applications for new residential, commercial and industrial construction and additions and provides zoning approval;
  • Evaluates, approves and issues various types of zoning permits;
  • Prepares Zoning Ordinance and Comprehensive Plan updates and List Serve Announcements;
  • Posts information related to planning and zoning processes to Department and/or County web pages;
  • Communicates directly with customers, either at public counter or in a scheduled meeting, by phone, and occasionally in writing, to explain staff findings and provide general zoning information
  • Updates zoning maps to reflect recent changes and revises property files to reflect address changes;
  • Makes computations to determine coordinates, land areas, minimum required yards, construction parameters, building height, etc.;
  • Monitors the flow of permit applications to ensure efficient and accurate approvals;
  • Researches and evaluates new applications for potential use;
  • Examines and processes site and development plans, such as grading plans and house location plats; and subdivision design plats for conformance with the Zoning Ordinance;
  • Provides verbal responses to requests for planning and zoning information and/or responds to specific questions related to specific zoning applications;
  • Provides plan, permit and inspection status to applicants, managers and other departments;
  • Meets directly with applicants to facilitate filing or to resolve filing issues of development review applications and ensure application is completed;
  • Receives and reviews submission applications (e.g. for rezonings, special exceptions, or appeals) for compliance with the set submission requirements, including researching history and legal status of the property and notifies applicants of deficiencies or acceptance within established timelines;
  • Drafts letters to applicants or other parties as assigned;
  • Enters required data regarding new applications into the appropriate database;
  • May establish and monitor project schedules and assist others by maintaining paper and electronic files of information.
Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities
  • Considerable knowledge of the Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Ordinance and/or Zoning Maps;
  • Considerable knowledge or familiarity with automated information, mapping and data base management systems;
  • Working knowledge of mathematics relative to the area of specialization;
  • Ability to read and interpret site plans, grading plans, house location plats, subdivision and building plans and architectural drawings;
  • Ability to use engineer and architect scales;
  • Ability to interpret and to apply regulations of the Comprehensive Plan and/ or Zoning Ordinance to reports, zoning applications and/or other assignments;
  • Ability to work independently and to make routine decisions regarding compliance with the Zoning Ordinance;
  • Ability to research and to document history of specific property;
  • Ability to manage many competing applications or work assignments in various stages of acceptance/completion;
  • Ability to maintain and retrieve files;
  • Ability to write and speak effectively;
  • Ability to maintain effective relationships with County officials, employees and the public.
Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to high school graduation or a GED issued by a state department of education; plus three years of paraprofessional planning or zoning related work, as defined by the area to which assigned.

Valid driver's license.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background and driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

Strong computer skills; experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to include creating/editing geodatabases, domains and SQL queries; ArcCatalog, ArcToolbox and generating MapBooks. Strong verbal and writing skills with experience in a variety of software tools to include Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher. Technical expertise related to transportation planning and traffic engineering. Experience conducting field data collection and data analysis. Experience in signage placement and installation in addition to familiarity with MUTCD and FHWA standards.

Work is generally sedentary. However, employee may be required to do some walking, standing, bending, and carrying of items under 25 pounds in weight. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview.

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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