Urban Planner II - Long Range Planning

City of Asheville, NC

Asheville, NC United States

The City of Asheville is dedicated to providing quality service for the residents and visitors of our beautiful city, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. Asheville, NC is a thriving mountain city that has a culture enriched in diversity.

The City of Asheville values and respects a diverse community, workforce and ideas, and is committed to promoting an equitable, fair, and just employment environment. Our organization seeks to create and provide access and opportunities to employees, residents and visitors to fulfill their potential through inclusive engagement practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status.

About our opportunity:
The City of Asheville is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Urban Planner II with the Planning and Urban Design Department. This position is tasked with professional level planning functions to develop, update and maintain plans, projects and regulatory codes, and to perform analysis and make staff recommendations regarding long range planning projects as assigned.

Exempt position; Full-Time 37.5 Hours Per Week; Typical hours are Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm . A hybrid work schedule (part remote and in-office) is allowed per city and department policies.

Salary commensurate with experience.

Essential Functions:
The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Supports long-range planning efforts by developing, implementing and tracking long-range plans, the City’s comprehensive plan, master plans, small area/neighborhood plans, corridors studies, environmental studies, zoning text and map amendments, subdivision regulations, design standards and other similar documents and regulatory controls.
  • Performs various statistical research and comparative analyses: compiles, maintains and updates planning operational data; coordinates and analyzes planning data; creates and analyzes geographic data and maps; forecasts and identifies future planning and growth management deficiencies, trends, and problems in area of assignment; evaluates impacts to proposed planning objectives and application to areas of responsibility; assists in development of planning recommendations and outcomes; modifies proposed goals and objectives accordingly; and develops and tracks metrics.
  • Participates in preparation and administration of state and federal grants, inter-local agreements, land development regulations, and special studies as directed: gathers data; conducts research; and prepares and submits related applications, documentation, and reports.
  • Participates in planning projects and activities: researches projects; prepares related reports and documentation; attends a variety of meetings, workshops, and public forums with applicants and citizens; gathers feedback and answers questions; assists in explaining and providing information regarding planning, land use, zoning, transportation, or other project components; evaluates and analyzes potential project outcomes; and represents interests, policies, goals, and objectives of the City.
  • Prepares a wide variety of materials, reports and documentation for public hearings, various meetings and board presentations: coordinates community engagement for projects; presents information to supervisors, City Council, boards and commissions, civic groups and the public on planning and growth management issues as directed.
  • Works with various stakeholders throughout the city on issues of planning and community interest; represents the department at public meetings. Communicates with City administrators and elected officials, supervisor, other City employees, contractors, the public, outside agencies and organizations, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, and resolve problems and provide professional and technical assistance and consultation; and provides consistently professional and responsive customer service.
  • Mentors junior level planning staff on a project-by-project basis.
  • May perform site plan and design review for various projects as needed, such as conditional zonings, rezonings, development projects of mid- to high-level complexity and size, subdivisions and voluntary annexations; assist in pre-application conferences; conduct review of development projects for technical and policy compliance and alignment; track and publicize projects; present at Technical Review Committee, City Council and other board and commission meetings; coordinate post-entitlement process; and conduct final inspections.
  • May evaluate and analyze proposals and related data and information: evaluate planning proposals to ensure compliance with applicable laws, codes, ordinances, and related regulatory standards; evaluate environmental, statistical, impact and related information and data; identify non-compliance and adverse impacts; and recommend mitigation measures and other appropriate actions.
  • Processes a variety of documentation associated with department/division operations, within designated timeframes and per established procedures: receives, reviews, prepares, completes, processes, forwards or retains as appropriate various forms, reports, correspondence, census data and population statistics, draft ordinances, sit plans, architectural designs, planning reports, maps, and other documentation; compiles data for further processing or for use in preparation of department reports; and maintains computerized and/or hardcopy records.
  • Operates a personal computer and operates general office or other equipment as necessary to complete essential functions.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s Degree in City Planning, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Planning, Urban Studies, Architecture, Geography or a related field required; supplemented by a minimum of two years of experience in planning in one or more of these areas: urban planning, urban design, community development, public administration/policy or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.

Specific License or Certification Required: Specific License or Certification Required: Must possess and maintain a valid North Carolina driver’s license. An American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification is desirable but not required.

Specific Knowledge, Skills, or Abilities: Must be able to demonstrate proficiency in performance of the essential functions and learn, comprehend, and apply all City or departmental policies, practices, and procedures necessary to function effectively in the position.

See the job posting URL for additional requirements and skills.

The City of Asheville is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

Experience Level
Mid I (1-4 years)
AICP Level
Comprehensive or Long-Range Planning
Salary Range
$51,700.69 - $77,561.54 annually