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Planner/Planning Manager

Berkeley County

Berkeley County

Moncks Corner, SC, USA
Posted on Thursday, December 21, 2023
Job Summary and Essential Functions

This position typically provides performance of a variety of professional and technical duties related to current land use development and/or zoning compliance and enforcement; and deals courteously and effectively with fellow employees and citizens.


  • Assists the Director in management of the Planning work program by preparing for and facilitating internal technical review committee meetings, managing the concurrent plans review process, conducting related training initiatives for staff, and developing programs to improve operational efficiency.
  • Reviews applications for zoning permits, subdivision and other plats submittals, single-site development and subdivision plans, rezoning, waiver, special exception, and variance, and other submittal types as assigned to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations.
  • Assists in the administration, implementation, and preparation of materials related to periodic updates of the Berkeley County Comprehensive Plan, Zoning and Development Standards Ordinance, Land Development and Subdivision Regulations Ordinance, policy guidance, SOPs, and other technical memoranda.
  • Assists with preparations for and routinely attends regularly scheduled Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA), and County Council meetings/hearings.
  • Provides exemplary customer service to citizens by effectively communicating zoning and land use information/requirements.
  • Evaluates, prepares, and assists in the peer review of staff reports for zoning reclassification applications and other technical reports/studies.
  • Represents the Planning and Zoning Department in pre-submittal, technical review, stakeholder, scheduled public, and other meetings.
  • Inspects site and subdivision improvements for compliance prior to Certificate of Occupancy, plat/plan approval, or other applicable authorization, as applicable.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Analyzes information on property values, taxes, zoning, population growth and traffic volume and patterns to determine if properties should be acquired.
  • Provides and processes zoning and project permits and applications.
  • Conducts assessments, surveys, and site inspections concerning factors that affect land usage, such as zoning, traffic flow and housing.
  • Provides technical review of subdivision and site plan development plans with limited supervision.
  • Provides policy and comprehensive planning technical support.
  • Prepares draft language for changes to zoning and other ordinances.
  • Represents the Planning and Zoning Department in presubmittal, technical review, stakeholder, scheduled public, and other meetings.
  • Inspects sites prior to CO for zoning compliance.
  • Assists in training new hires.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum Requirements to Perform Work


  • Master’s degree in Planning, Urban Studies, or closely related field required.
  • Five (5) years of related planning experience with at least two (2) years of experience in team and/or project management or equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification.
  • Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license for South Carolina with safe driving record.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning, Geography, Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Engineering, or related field with five (5) years of directly related work experience in land use planning or a related field; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the work.
  • A Professional or a Master’s Degree preferred.
  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification.
  • Must have and maintain a valid South Carolina’s driver license with a safe driving record.
Special Requirements:
  • Departmental testing may be administered during interview;
  • A criminal background check will be completed on selected applicant if a current one (less than 3 years old) is not on file.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Familiarity with BlueBeam Revu or similar program.
  • Experience using ArcMap and related applications.
  • Experience in daily planning, including plans review and the development entitlements process.
  • Skill in excellent communication, both oral and written.
  • Skill in using mainframe systems and advanced personal computers including Word and Excel.
  • Knowledge of Word and Excel.
  • Ability to use small office equipment, computers and highly technical computer applications.
  • Skill in planning and supervisory tasks.
  • Ability to coordinate and maintain an effective working relationship with other departments, agencies and the public.
  • Ability to multi-task, work independently, and exercise sound judgement.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality in performing duties and protect operations by retaining the confidentiality of protected information.
  • Ability to use computers and highly technical computer applications.

Physical Demands

This position requires the employee to sit and use hands to handle, finger or operate objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; use mental acuity and repetitive motion; and walk, talk and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to forty (40) pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Conditions

The work is regularly performed in a dynamic environment that requires sensitivity to change and responsiveness to changing goals, priorities and needs. Thirty-seven and one half (37.5) hours per week. Normal operating hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. with the ability to work flexible hours when necessary. Must be able to attend evening Board of Zoning Appeals, Planning Commission and/or County Council meetings. requested. Scheduled hours/days, job location, duties and any other information contained herein is subject to change. May be required to work extra hours and to perform extra or different duties during special events or emergency situations.