Principal Planner, Urban Design and Current Planning
Arlington County Government
September 17, 2018
Arlington County, Virginia
$70,137.60 - $119,350.40
Full Time - Experienced
4 Year Degree
Arlington County's Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development is seeking a Principal Planner to join our award-winning Planning team. This position will play a dual role by providing both urban design and development review services. This position, while a direct report to the Urban Design and Research Supervisor, will also work closely with the Current Planning Supervisor and Site Plan review team.
The Planning Division plays a key role in guiding and regulating growth and development. We are committed to planning for sustainable Metro transit oriented growth and the conservation of our County's unique pattern of neighborhoods. We use a planning approach that has garnered national recognition for incorporating smart growth principles, urban design, and extensive community involvement.
This individual will work in the three following key functional areas that include the following specific duties/responsibilities:
Administrative Change Requests for Architecture:
Reviewing, recommending and approving administrative change requests related to architecture;
Reviewing, recommending and approving mock up panels to conduct final façade plans, material boards and inspections prior to building permit issuance and certificate of occupancy;
Conducting field inspections and providing recommendations and observations associated with pending and approved site plans;
Developing and tracking progress and performance measures for site, façade, architectural and other forms of plan reviews;
Site Plan review with Current Planning
Reviewing site plans and other forms of development applications and preparing reports, recommendations and presentations to the County Manager, Planning Commission Committees, and the County Board;
Negotiating changes and alternative site planning, urban design and architectural solutions with developers and architects;
Conducting design and site plan review meetings associated with determining application conformance with approved plans, policies, ordinances and zoning;
Interacting with and coordinating urban design, site plan review and related activities between various County departments, civic associations, property owners, developers, architects, engineers, appointed boards and commissions, and County, state, and/or regional agencies, and interest groups;
Advising DCPHD, Planning Division and other County staff on consistency of proposed plan revisions with approved plans and conditions;
Urban design related projects and interdepartmental support
Supporting Comprehensive Planning and other divisions within CPHD by providing technical expertise as it applies to architecture, urban planning and design principles associated with building form, height and massing, façade elevations, architectural features, circulation, accessibility, and connectivity with the surrounding built environment;
Leading processes necessary to prepare complex planning, urban design, and related strategies;
Serving as policy guidance for a range of planning and development applications and initiatives related to architectural, urban design and site plan standards, conditions and guidelines;
Providing urban and architectural design, and site planning recommendations to the DCPHD, Planning Division, other County departments, Planning Commission and its subcommittees, and County Board;
The successful candidate in this position is a team-player who can work independently, manage multiple tasks and demonstrate experience in the following areas:
Clear and effective communication skills, orally, graphically and in writing to advise and report on technical planning, urban design and zoning matters.
Comprehension of both site plan details and the associated surrounding planning and urban context.
Familiarity with planning and design best practices, such as Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and Sustainable and Smart Growth.
Confidence to work with a range of planning, architectural, engineering and other professional disciplines.
Organizing, facilitating and supporting the work of appointed boards, commissions, committees and citizens.
Minimum: Bachelor's degree in architecture, community or urban planning, landscape architecture, or related field plus considerable experience in project management and plan review in the area of urban planning, land use program administration, community development, or other related program areas.
Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the education on a year-for-year basis.
Desirables: Preference may be given to candidates who have one or more of the following:
A Master's degree in architecture, community or urban planning, landscape architecture, or related field;
Senior-level project management experience associated with the review of TOD related site plans and successful application of urban design principles and practices;
Experience working closely with the community, stakeholder groups and commissions; and
Experience preparing and presenting complex reports, findings and recommendations through effective written, verbal, graphic and electronic means.
Internal Number: 3119-19A-PHD-HQ
About Arlington County Government
Arlington, Virginia, is an attractive, well-planned community in which to live, visit or conduct business with a unique blend of excellent location, desirable living standard, and effective, pro-active government. It is a community that is interested in and very supportive of planning and community development. An urban County of about 26 square miles located across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., Arlington has won recognition for maintaining high quality-residential neighborhoods while supporting well-managed growth and transit. There are no incorporated towns or cities within Arlington's boundaries.
Arlington County is an innovative, progressive and dynamic organization that is well-known for its legacy of transit-oriented development and a community-driven planning process with significant and meaningful opportunity for public participation. The Arlington County Board has endorsed a land use policy that concentrates high-density development within the Metro subway corridors and preserves lower-density residential areas throughout the County. It is designed to ensure that Arlington is a balanced community of residential, recreational, educational, shopping and employ...ment opportunities with good transportation supported by a strong tax base and effective use of public funds.