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Posted: 11/09/2012

City of Norfolk
Planning & Community Development

The Hampton Roads region is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the United States. Home to over 1.5 million residents, the region offers many excellent quality of life amenities, including 29 miles of beachfront. Founded in 1682, Norfolk grew up on the water, and its miles of lake, river and bay front are central to many of its neighborhoods and is a city of almost 243,000 residents and more than 120 diverse neighborhoods who call these communities home. The city's popular logo—an elegant young mermaid, which can be spotted in outdoor sites from Downtown to Ocean View—symbolizes 300 years of maritime and naval heritage and its modern reputation as a city on the move. Norfolk is the cultural, educational, business and medical center of Hampton Roads, hosts the world's largest naval base, the region's international airport and is one of the busiest international ports on the East Coast of the United States, it has excellent public schools, as well as higher educational opportunities, including Old Dominion University, Norfolk State university and Eastern Virginia Medical School, with the College of William and Mary and Hampton University nearby. Money Magazine recently ranked the City of Norfolk as the most livable city in the South. USA Today rated the City as having one of the country’s top ten booming downtowns. The city’s ongoing development includes new office, retail, entertainment and hotel construction downtown, new residential development along the rivers and bay front, and revitalization projects in many of its neighborhoods. Norfolk, which includes a nationally ranked art museum, the Virginia Symphony, the Virginia State Company and the Virginia Opera, has added thousands of new residents to its downtown,– turning it into a vibrant, lively place to live, visit or work. A light rail route through the heart of downtown is scheduled to open in late 2011. Add to that, welcoming neighbors and affordable living and you begin to get a picture of the place to be!

Senior Planner
Professional Opportunity
Norfolk, VA
$$50,303.07 - $80,415.68 Annually
The City of Norfolk Planning & Development Department, Bureau of Land Use Services, is seeking to hire an experienced historic preservation Senior Planner.  The Senior Planner will serve as a direct source and liaison for historic preservation regulations and policies; and responsible for the design review process. Provides administrative assistance for external and internal clients for meetings and public hearings. 
 Essential Functions:
  • Provide historic preservation and design information to developers, builders, engineers, architects, and local and state agencies.
  • Assist the public with historic preservation and design regulations, policies, procedures and determinations. 
  • Serve as staff to an architectural review board including processing applications, preparing agendas and documenting actions. 
  • Manage design review process.
  • Manage historic survey and nomination activities.
  • Prepare and present special studies, technical reviews and guidelines. 
  • Draft regulations and ordinances. 
  • Create visual documents for presentations and informational purposes. 
  • Assess compliance with approved plans through field visits. 
  • Prepare and present staff analyses and recommendations.
  • Manage the Citys historical marker program. 
  • Apply for and manage grants for historic resources surveys, community outreach and similar efforts.
  • Work with long-range planning, current planning, and transportation planning staff to present research and recommendations to the City Planning Commission.
Masters degree in historic preservation, architecture or urban planning and three years of professional experience; or an equivalent combination of educational attainment and experience is required.  

AICP or AIA preferred.
 Additional Information & Requirements:
  • Knowledge of federal and state historic preservation regulations and program requirements. 
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, methods, and objectives of urban planning. 
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations affecting planning, zoning, and the various techniques used to implement plans.
  • Knowledge of research and analysis techniques.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze problems, draw appropriate conclusions, and develop innovative and feasible recommendations
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare technical reports and presentation materials in multiple media.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City officials, other staff, interest groups, potential developers and the general public.
  • Possess skills in project management, program management, time management, and problem solving.
  • Proficiency in use of standard office software and familiarity with use of geospatial software and databases.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Must have a valid driver's license.
Location: Department of Planning & Community Development, 810 Union Street - 5th Floor, Norfolk, VA.

Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday, with some evenings as needed.
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How to apply
Senior Planner The City of Norfolk’s unique culture and rewarding work experience is the result of a proud history and the efforts of a dedicated team of employees. If you are interested in a career where you can work with other talented, caring people that enjoy serving the citizens of Norfolk we invite you to apply online at www.norfolk.gov/jobs .
Julia Rodriguez
Phone: 757/664-4486
Fax: 757/664-4492
100 City Hall Building 810 Union St.
Norfolk, VA 23510

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