The Historic District Commission division of the Charlotte - Mecklenburg Planning Department is responsible for administering construction projects within Charlottes six locally designated historic districts. The Historic Districts Principal Planner position is a unique opportunity to work in the historic preservation field evaluating construction projects while working with the Historic District Commission staff on other administrative projects.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
Under the direction of the Historic District Commission Administrator, the applicants responsibilities include:
- Reviewing approved plans for exterior work within the Local Historic Districts
- Applying the City of Charlottes Historic District Commission Policy & Design Guidelines and the City of Charlotte Zoning Ordinance
- Meeting with property owners, contractors, architects and other parties prior to and during construction
- Maintaining project review schedules
- Performing scheduled neighborhood field visits
- Educating residents on design policies and guidelines
- Developing partnerships with neighborhood organizations and residents
- Creating and maintaining a project review database
- Working closely with the City staff responsible for Zoning Enforcement on compliance and enforcement issues
- Assisting staff with administrative and special projects
- Attending meetings with the Historic District Commission
Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor's degree in architecture, historic preservation, urban design, urban planning or related field and at least 5 years of relevant work experience. A Masters degree in a related field may substitute for one year of experience. Code enforcement or building construction experience is a plus. Must have the ability to read detailed architectural drawings, excellent communication skills (verbal and written) and the ability to work independently. Must have experience with basic software applications (Microsoft Office). Experience with CAD, GIS and/or SketchUp a plus. The position requires a good driving record, a valid North Carolina drivers license and the ability to obtain a City of Charlotte driving permit.