Development Review Supervisor (Planner IV)

$73,963.14 - $123,272.24 Annually
Mar 11, 2019
Mar 22, 2019
Full Time

Oversees the Development Review functions of the Park Planning Branch. Coordinates, assigns, and directs review of all rezoning applications and Comprehensive Plan amendments processed by planning staff. Performs independent review of specialized, complex development plans that are multi-division, multi-faceted, multi-agency and high profile in nature, especially those in the county's growth areas (e.g., Tysons, Reston, Richmond Highway). Independently plans and conducts public engagement related to specialized projects with high importance to the Park Authority and the county. Serves as the agency expert on urban park planning and design. Responsible for maintaining data on park proffers for reporting out to other agencies, the public, and elected and appointed officials. In addition, supervises, mentors, and directs professionals who are responsible for projects that range in complexity from routine to advanced. Independently represents the agency in a professional capacity at boards, authorities, and commissions.

Illustrative Duties
  • Manages complex, multi-faceted zoning applications or planning studies in specific high profile development areas, such as Tysons and other urban cores, Metro-related mixed use sites, or town centers and represents the County in negotiation of proffers, conditions, and positions with applicants, citizens, County staff, other jurisdictions, State and/or Federal government;
  • Manages special projects and studies, including directing the work of a team or work group of planners and planning technicians or others, from within and outside of the Department to include contracting consultants, preparing schedules, and administering the project budget;
  • Represents the Department or County and serves as an internal expert on panels, committees, and task forces and may propose planning and zoning policies and amendments to the Zoning Ordinance or Comprehensive Planing response to a variety of complex policy and land issues;
  • Represents the Department's positions at public hearings before the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, and/or Park Authority Board, among others;
  • As representative of the Department, coordinates with other County agencies, interest groups, and jurisdictions on highly specialized policy, zoning, and land use issues;
  • Prepares detailed position papers and staff reports on complex zoning applications, Ordinance amendments, Plan amendments, public facility proposals, appeals of the Zoning Administrator's decisions, historic preservation, environmental policy, housing policy, among others;
  • Reviews and provides comments and direction on the work of others in the planner series related to area of expertise, acting as an internal consultant to the department and a mentor to other planners;
  • Responds to complex land use, planning, and zoning inquiries and requests for interpretations or determinations involving an area of expertise;
  • Supervises advanced and complex planning and zoning work.
Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities
  • Thorough knowledge of the Zoning Ordinance, the adopted Comprehensive Plan and County policies and procedures as they relate to planning and zoning applications;
  • Thorough knowledge of the theories, principles and practices of urban planning and zoning;
  • Thorough knowledge of local government areas of specialization, including planning or zoning, management procedures, and principles of supervision;
  • Ability to write, proofread, edit, and rewrite documents effectively and to critique and edit the work of others in the series;
  • Ability to apply interpersonal skills to resolve conflicts and to maintain effective communication with staff;
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with co-workers, elected and appointed officials, development representatives and citizen groups;
  • Ability to coordinate the preparation of comprehensive planning and technical zoning reports;
  • Ability to apply principles of leadership, creative problem solving, collaboration, decision making, and team building;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university in a planning-related field; plus five years of experience in a specific area of assignment or concentration, including, but not limited to, multi-layered, cross-agency zoning application evaluation, environmental policy, historic preservation, housing policy, public facility policy, and/or land use policy and implementation. A master's degree may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

Valid driver's license.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a check of the Child Protective Services Registry, and a driver's license check to the satisfaction of the employer.

Master's degree in a planning-related field plus five years of experience as a senior planner. Experience in the review of high-profile, complex, mixed-use, and/or transit-oriented (TOD) development plans. Experience working with cross-agency, multi-disciplinary teams to evaluate plans and negotiate with applicants to offset public infrastructure, public facility, and/or park impacts of new development. Experience supervising, training, and/or mentoring others in planning work.

Position is primarily sedentary, however, employee may be required to do some walking, standing, bending and carrying of items under 15 pounds in weight. Work assignments may also require that the employee make site visits and inspections. 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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