General Description and Classification Standards
The Urban Planner is responsible for supporting the successful implementation: of the City of Atlantas historic preservation program and regulations, the responsibilities of the Atlanta Urban Design Commission, and the initiatives of the Office of Design. Duties at this level include, but are not limited to: providing quality customer service to the stakeholders of Atlanta; ensuring that project applications, project design reviews, staff reports, enforcement actions, and open record requests are processed efficiently and in a timely manner; and performing administrative, analytical and technical functions in the development, implementation and monitoring of the Citys historic preservation and urban design programs and policies.
This is a fully seasoned professional level capable of independently carrying out most assignments typical of the profession. This level would be attainable by multiple incumbents in a work group (not necessarily by all), but would not be an "automatic" promotional level.
The Urban Planner reports to the Assistant Director for Historic Preservation within the Office of Design. The direction received is very general, focuses on end results and is typically collaborative in nature.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
These are typical responsibilities for this position and should not be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. May perform other duties as assigned.
· Design Review Processes and Atlanta Urban Design Commission Activities.
Process and full analyze using the Citys historic preservation regulations design review applications for private sector residential, commercial, institutional, and mixed-use designs including neighborhood-focused single-family and commercial, as well as high-profile, multi-phase developments. Complete Staff-level design reviews for renovations, maintenance work, and site work on all property types. Provide design commentary for substantial City of Atlanta and Atlanta Public School capital projects. Review proposed subdivisions for compliance with the Citys historic neighborhood design criteria in the Subdivision Ordinance. Provide design and regulatory analysis to the Zoning Review Board, Board of Zoning Adjustment, and SAP processes. Evaluate City public art installations and installation of public art on private property. Manage public engagement processes. Resolve community, applicant, and inter-agency concerns, including enforcement of the historic preservation regulations.
· Compliance with Federal Section 106 Regulations
Complete Section 106 design reviews for housing rehabilitation, commercial revitalization and demolition actions. Advise City agencies on compliance with housing and community development projects. Review a wide variety of project types / construction documents for NRHP eligibility and compliance with Secretary of the Interior Standards for Rehabilitation. Implement programmatic/mitigation agreements on large scale individual projects and multi-year federal programs. Respond, as needed, to official information requests on behalf of the City.
· Preservation Planning, Design, & Technical Assistance Programs
Support the designation of new Historic / Landmark districts and properties. Revise historic preservation/design regulations. Provide strategic and technical assistance to the Citys historic and potentially historic neighborhoods and commercial areas. Advise other City agencies and outside consultant teams on a full range of preservation issues. Contribute to the Citys Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) and Capital Improvements Program (CIP) processes. Participate in regional historic preservation activities. Support National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) nominations.
· General Office of Design / Departmental Programs
Assists with the process of establishing new zoning regulations for the City. Attends public meetings as required such as the Neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU) and community association meetings. Accepts and intakes applications and questions from internal and exter