RESOLUTION

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CREATION OF A CAREER LADDER FOR THE PLANNING DIVISION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

            WHEREAS, a need exists within the Department of Community Development to provide career opportunities as a means of assisting with retention of trained and experienced staff; and

WHEREAS, the Department of Community Development requests authorization to implement a career ladder in the Planning Division; and 

WHEREAS, the career ladder would allow employees to advance through the levels of Planning Associate, Planner, Planner II and Senior Planner as the following criteria are met:

Planning Associate:

1.      Three (3) years of prior experience in the Department of Community Development in processing and checklist review of applications filed for building, construction, planning or zoning approval/zoning inspections, and experience working with and answering questions from the general public and developers; and either the

2.      Successful completion of and/or designation as a Certified Zoning Official through the Virginia Association of Zoning Officials Certification Program, or completion of the basic ESI course regarding the development process; or

3.      Completion of an Associate Degree in Urban Planning, City/Regional Planning, Environmental Resources, Geographic Information Systems, Public Administration, or a closely related field; and

4.      A rating of “Exceeds Standards” or higher on the most recent annual performance evaluation; and

5.      Recommendation of the Director of Community Development and the approval of the County Administrator or the Deputy County Administrator.

Planner:

1.      Associate Degree in Urban Planning, City/Regional Planning, Environmental Resources, Geographic Information Systems or Geographic related disciplines, Public Administration, or a closely related field, supplemented by five (5) years prior experience and/or training that includes land development review, planning, ongoing site plan review, and/or code enforcement; and

2.      Completion of the basic ESI coursework (Land Development and Technology, Site Design Process: Steps and Procedures) and other ESI courses completed and approved through the Department of Community Development; and

3.      Two (2) years of prior experience in the full range of services provided by the Department of Community Development; and 

4.      Completion of a Bachelors Degree in Urban Planning, City/Regional Planning, Geography, Environmental Resources, Public Administration, or a closely related field; and

5.      A rating of “Exceeds Standards” or higher on the most recent annual performance evaluation; and

6.      Recommendation of the Director of Community Development and the approval of the County Administrator or the Deputy County Administrator.

Planner II:

1.      Associate Degree in Urban Planning, City/Regional Planning, Environmental Resources, Geographic Information Systems or Geographic related disciplines, Public Administration, or a closely related field, supplemented by five (5) years prior experience and/or training that includes land development review, planning, ongoing site plan review, and/or code enforcement; and

2.      Completion of the basic ESI coursework (Land Development and Technology, Site Design Process: Steps and Procedures) and other Engineers and Surveyors Institute (ESI) courses completed and approved through the Department of Community Development; and

3.      Three (3) years of prior experience in the full range of services provided by the Department of Community Development; or

4.      Completion of a Bachelors Degree in Urban Planning, City/Regional Planning, Geography, Environmental Resources, Public Administration, or a closely related field;

5.      Special considerations: (a) unique scholarship, experience and work credentials; (b) specialized technical training; (c) certifications/registrations, for example, Certified Zoning Administrator through the Virginia Association of Zoning Officials Certification Program, American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP-Certification) or similar certification/ registration; and

6.      A rating of “Exceeds Standards” or higher on the most recent annual performance evaluation; and

7.      Recommendation of the Director of Community Development and the approval of the County Administrator or the Deputy County Administrator.

Senior Planner:

1.      Associate degree in Urban Planning, City/Regional Planning, Environmental Resources, Geographic Information Systems or Geographic related disciplines, Public Administration, or  a closely related field, supplemented by seven (7) years prior experience and/or training that includes land development review, planning, ongoing site plan review, and/or code enforcement; or

2.      Completion of a Bachelors Degree in Urban Planning, City/Regional Planning, Geography, Environmental Resources, Public Administration, or a closely related field; supplemented by six (6) years prior experience and/or training that includes land development review, planning, ongoing site plan review, and/or code enforcement; and

3.      Special considerations: (a) unique scholarship, experience and work credentials; (b) specialized technical training; (c) certifications/registrations, for example, Certified Zoning Administrator through the Virginia Association of Zoning Officials Certification Program, American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP-Certification) or similar certification/ registration; and

4.      Special program training completion of Engineers and Surveyors Institute (ESI) coursework  (Land Development and Technology, Site Design Process: Steps and Procedures) and other ESI special technical courses completed and approved through the Department of Community Development; or

5.      Three (3) years of prior experience in the full range of services and increasing responsibilities provided through the Department of Community Development; and

6.      A rating of “Exceeds Standards” or higher on the most recent annual performance evaluation; and

7.      Recommendation of the Director and the approval of the County Administrator or the Deputy County Administrator; now, therefore, be it

            RESOLVED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 20th day of October 2003, That a career ladder program be, and is hereby, established within the Planning Division of the Department of Community Development.