boston planning & development agency
TITLE: PLANNER I
DIVISION/DEPARTMENT: PLANNING/COMMUNITY PLANNING
SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Community Planning Department works with Boston’s communities to create plans that help foster the development of attractive, safe, diverse, and economically thriving places to live, work and play. The department works in partnership with local residents, businesses, agencies, and institutions in guiding the future character of Boston’s unique neighborhoods and district. Community Planning is a multidisciplinary, team-oriented, neighborhood-based department. Under the direction of the Deputy Director for Community Planning and in collaboration with Community Planning team members, the Planner will manage, conduct and participate in planning initiatives. Additionally, in concert with current planning objectives, the Planner will research and prepare recommendations for the Zoning Board of Appeal and provide a planning perspective to the BPDA Development Review Department on projects undergoing the Article 80 process. As is essential to the success of any planning effort, this Planner will engage the community, other constituencies, and public agency departments to solicit input and feedback for recommendations on the above referenced tasks.
GENERAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The general duties and responsibilities of the position are included in but not limited to the information listed below.
Assist in developing, managing and conducting planning initiatives for specific city neighborhood(s). Develop and execute appropriate studies and surveys. Research and prepare planning and urban design scenarios and policy options.
Establish effective working relationships with neighborhood and community groups and organizations. Maintain current knowledge of neighborhood issues, concerns, goals and opportunities.
Analyze submitted reports and planning documents by public agencies, advocacy groups and other involved parties.
Assist in formulating and drafting staff recommendations for the Zoning Board of Appeal regarding zoning appeal cases and zoning variances. Solicit information from the appellant, abutters and other members of the community. Research and apply pertinent planning issues. Write and submit recommendations. Maintain and update all relevant documentation.
Prepare draft zoning recommendations; provide technical advice and assistance in the development and preparation of neighborhood rezoning documents to be submitted to the Zoning Commission for approval.
Work with community advisory groups in preparation of new zoning. Convey and interpret information about current zoning regulations; evaluate impact of proposed changes; assist in achieving consensus and resolving issues. Coordinate and create document for Commission presentation.
Article 80 Development Review
Participate in large and small project reviews under Article 80 as assigned.
Review Article 80 projects’ consistency with zoning and planning studies. Coordinate community priorities for discussion on project mitigation and community benefits.
Contribute to writing scoping determinations.
Prepare analytical studies, written and graphic presentations of planning and zoning goals, concerns and issues.
Assist in preparing briefings for senior Agency staff or City officials.
Ensure that response to public questions, needs or concerns is prompt and accurate.
Prepare and participate in presentations at community meetings and neighborhood advisory groups.
Arrange and conduct evening and daytime public meetings. Participate in evening community meetings to provide for public input.
Assist in studies required for comprehensive planning studies in the neighborhoods.
Attend and support Planning Department at meetings and events as assigned.
Provide regular updates on workflow and progress on assigned projects to the Deputy Director for Community Planning.
Perform other related duties as required.
Work requires completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning or closely related field with a minimum of two years of experience as a planner or equivalent related experience in urban planning or architecture; or a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning or a closely related field from an accredited institution. Work requires ability to solve urban design and zoning problems; to analyze and interpret planning issues; to communicate clearly in written, verbal and graphic form; and to operate effectively as part of an interdisciplinary team. Strong written and verbal communications skills are an essential requirement. Full command of Microsoft Office programs is required. Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, PPT, and GIS to design and assemble graphically compelling (clear) presentations and reports is highly desirable.
Normal office environment; frequent site visits and attendance at evening meetings.
Little or no exertion; regular local travel. Responsible for transporting material and equipment to and from meetings.
SCOPE: Not applicable.
**BOSTON RESIDENCY IS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT**