Planner III
City of Beaufort
Salary Range: $75,000-$85,000

Closing Date: Open until filled

General Job Description:

The City of Beaufort, a scenic historic coastal city in between Savannah and Charleston, is seeking a Planner III to help shape the built form of the city. The position will assist in administering a Form-Based Code, which won Smart Growth America’s Driehaus Award for Form Based Codes. Responsible for advanced level professional work in urban planning. Provides technical support and assistance to the Director in the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Plan and the City’s advanced and current planning programs with related research and analysis. Review and process land use and development applications and proposals, as well as variance cases. Prepare and present cases to city boards, commissions, and committees including but not limited to Metropolitan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals. Reports to the Community and Economic Development Director.

  • Prepares and updates as needed the Comprehensive Plan and other planning studies, including but not limited to neighborhood and district plans and sustainability plans; serve as project manager for major activities and special project related to city long-range and sustainability planning efforts.
  • Coordinates with other divisions and departments, as well as other governmental entities, organizations, and stakeholders’ groups on planning projects as needed.
  • Processes and analyzes requests/proposals for zoning text amendments, zoning map amendments, land development, subdivision plats and regulation amendments, and provides and present recommendations on the same as they relate to the City’s long-range planning goals and objectives, projects, and the comprehensive plan.
  • Summarizes information from maps, graphs, reports, field studies, etc.; prepares statistical reports, tabulations, computations, graph, and charts to illustrate long-range planning studies, census information, and special projects.
  • Research planning topics, local ordinances, and state statutes.
  • Performs spatial analyses using GIS.
  • Develops and revises applicable city codes, policies, procedures, and projects as assigned.
  • Prepares packet materials for related city boards and commissions and City Council, including memos, reports, maps, and other information as needed.
  • Attends Planning Commission and Zoning Boards of Appeals meetings and, as needed, Historical and Architectural Sites Commission and City Council meetings, as directed by the Director. Attends other Board and Commission meetings as requested.
  • Coordinate’s engagement and participation of the public and various stakeholder and neighborhood groups for planning projects.
  • Makes presentations to various governmental bodies and citizens committees and groups.
  • Assists the Department of Public Works and the Economic Development Division on the City’s Capital Improvements Plan.
  • Prepares City Council legislations, such as ordinances and resolutions, related to planning and development matters.
  • Coordinates long-range planning efforts with City departments, along with other planning entities within the City and County.
  • Responds to inquiries from and interact with members of the development community and the public regarding planning and zoning policies and regulations.
  • Assists in transportation planning and economic and community development activities as needed.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture or related field and a minimum of four (4) years of progressive related experience preferred. Appropriate combination of related education and work experience may be considered; or bachelor’s degree in urban planning, urban design, landscape architecture, public administration, geography, community development, sustainability, or related field and a minimum of four (4) years of progressive related experience. American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification preferred, or the ability to acquire certification within one (1) year of employment.


Contact: Ivette Burgess,