Planning Director

Town of Atoka

Atoka, TN United States

Planning Director

This employee is directly responsible for overseeing the activities of the Planning and Inspection Department, including supervising employees, processing and review of property development submittals for consideration by the Planning Commission.  Performs a variety of administrative/technical review and design functions to ensure development meets Town regulations. Additionally, provides technical reviews of subdivision plans, interprets property development and building codes for the public and developers/contractors, recommends and implements long range planning goals as established by the town.  Serves as the liaison to staff, citizens, and the development community on municipal planning, zoning, and building codes issues.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Plans, organizes, and directs overall activities of the Planning and Inspection Department. Handles employee concerns, problems, and assigns work. Makes recommendations concerning the hiring, counseling, promotion, discipline and/or termination of employees within the department.
  • Conducts and performs thorough technical review of various development applications and submissions, including subdivision plats, site plans, and blueprints for completeness, accuracy, and applicability; identifies errors and inadequacies in plans; reviews and reports on zoning matters.
  • Supervises, direct, and evaluates staff on matters within the department.
  • Oversees interpretation and enforcement of applicable building codes, zoning ordinances, subdivision regulations and municipal codes.
  • Reviews land development plan submittals and drawings for compliance with planning requirements and approvals.
  • Assists in the preparation of short and long-range planning, transportation projects, annexation studies, land development regulations and ordinance preparation. Confirms same are consistent with the comprehensive plans for the Town.
  • Provides information and reports orally and in writing to Town employees and departments, property owners, developers, and the general public. Responds to routine requests for information from town officials, town staff, the public and other individuals.
  • Writes and presents staff reports and recommendations for Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, and Board of Mayor and Aldermen consideration. Responsible for managing, filing, and archiving reports and all supporting documentation.
  • Receives, prepares, and analyzes various documentation, such as, reports, draft ordinances/resolutions, building site plans, correspondence, timesheets, invoices, etc.
  • Prepares requests for performance bonds, letters of credit, or other forms of surety for development projects within the Town, to include monitoring progress reports and maintaining contact with financial institutions, attorneys and developers.
  • Serves as the liaison and provides verbal and written commentary at monthly Board of Mayor and Aldermen, Planning Commission, and Board of Zoning Appeals meetings.
  • Prepares and administers annual budget and capital improvement budget when applicable.
  • Efficient and effective operation of computers and various software programs, including Microsoft Office. Maintains current and relevant knowledge of information technology.
  • Maintains relevant working knowledge of planning trends and advances in the profession, maintains professional affiliations; attends conferences and workshops as appropriate.
  • Maintains satisfactory public relations through courteous, professional behavior and prompt attention to concerns via telephone, emails, or other communication means as necessary.
  • Recommends to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen acceptance or non-acceptance of the work.
  • Receives various documentation project plans/documents/studies, site plans/plats, architectural drawings, reviews, recommends, and/or approves; responds/forwards as appropriate.
  • Responds to citizen/customer complaints and requests, to include providing information, researching problems, implementing solutions, etc.
  • Prepares computer-based graphic materials and maps, conducts research and surveys to obtain data and formulate recommendations.
  • Works with other Town departments related to planning, zoning, and infrastructure matters.
  • Performs other duties as directed by the Town Administrator.

A complete job description and application are available at Atoka Town Hall, during normal business hours and also at Applicants must submit a completed Town of Atoka job application and a resume with at least three (3) references to the Town Recorder at Position is open until filled.

This is an Exempt position. Annual salary range is expected to be $60,000 - $70,000, depending on qualifications and experience.

The Town of Atoka is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug-Free Workplace.


Experience Level
Mid I (1-4 years)
AICP Level
Land Use and Development Regulation and Zoning
Salary Range

Contact Information

Marc Woerner
334 Atoka Munford Ave
Atoka, TN
United States
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