Zoning Plan Reviewer

Arlington, Virginia
$50,835.20 - $77,708.80 Annually
Jul 27, 2019
Aug 23, 2019
Full Time
Position Information

Join our team and play an important role in the planning and development process for Arlington County!

The Zoning Plan Reviewer is a critical technical and administrative position responsible for the reviewing of building permit plans for Site plan projects and by-right residential and commercial developments and ensuring compliance with special conditions. The position coordinates with the Inspection Services Division as well as other County agencies to ensure that all information necessary for review has been supplied and shared with all reviewing and approval agencies.

Specific duties include:
  • Providing advice and responding to inquiries about pending building permits, site plans, variances, use permits, re-zonings, certificates of occupancy, and sign permits from prospective applicants and interested citizens requesting this information;
  • Reviewing and giving approval for building permits associated with simple and complex by-right developments, including single family dwellings, town house projects, commercial developments and for preliminary subdivision plats following verification of compliance with the Zoning Ordinance;
  • Conducting field checks of site plan, use permit, or variance projects under construction to verify actual compliance with conditions and proffers;
  • Completing review and follow-up on site plans;
  • Attending the Plan Review Work Group, construction and developer meetings, and other work groups to include preparing status reports/comments prior to meeting and informing developer/contractor of comments during review;
  • Reviewing wall-check plats and final survey plats of projects under construction and verifying their compliance against the original approved plans and notifying the builders and inspectors of results if a problem exists;
  • Attending monthly meetings for review of pending certificate of occupancy applications to review their submittal for completeness and possible zoning violations; and
  • Briefing Zoning Enforcement inspectors on site plan, use permit, and Form-Based Code conditions relative to the inspection of projects.

Selection Criteria

Minimum: Associate's Degree in Architecture, Planning, Civil Engineering or a related field and considerable para-professional engineering experience that included using and understanding land development terminology; and/or applying land use planning and/or zoning practices policy and procedures.

Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may substitute for up to two years of the education requirement on a year for year basis. Completion of college courses in engineering, engineering associate, or a directly related field may be substituted for up to one year of experience on a year-for-year basis.

Desirable: Preference may be given to applicants with one or more of the following:
  • Experience in architectural / engineering plan examination;
  • Background in zoning ordinance implementation;
  • Experience in construction site plan condition compliance or surveying; and/or
  • Experience in negotiation and conflict resolution.

Special Requirements

Applicant must possess, or have the ability to obtain, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's state of residence at the time of appointment. The applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

Additional Information

This is a 40 hour a week position Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Each section of the application must be completed. A resume may be attached, however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website: www.arlingtonva.us/pers.

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


What is your highest level of education?
  • High school or equivalent
  • Some college
  • Associate's Degree related to position
  • BA/BS related to position
  • None of the above


How much experience as a para-professional engineering do you have that includes using and understanding land development terminology; and/or applying land use planning and/or zoning practices policy and procedures.
  • None
  • Less than 1 year
  • 1 to less than 2 years
  • 2 to less than 3 years
  • 3 years or more


Please check if you have knowledge of and/or experience with the following (check all that apply):
  • Land use planning terminology
  • Land use planning practices
  • Architectural plan examination
  • Engineering plan examination
  • Construction site plan condition compliance
  • Zoning ordinances
  • Surveying
  • Architectural terminology
  • Negotiation and conflict resolution
  • None of the above


If you did not provide specific details under your work description, please describe your experience in the areas you have checked in Question #3. If no experience in any of the areas, enter N/A.

Required Question

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