Senior Planner
Lancaster County
Salary Range: $61,320 – $90,176

Closing Date: Until filled

General Job Description:

Lancaster County, South Carolina is one of the fastest growing counties in South Carolina and the Charlotte, NC Metropolitan Area. The County is currently undergoing a transformative process through the ongoing development of a new Comprehensive Plan and Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), which the Senior Planner will have an active role in. The Planning and Zoning Department is seeking a Senior Planner who is adept at working in a dynamic environment that includes both urban and rural planning elements. Working in the Planning and Zoning Department is a collaborative process that requires camaraderie with teammates. Lancaster County is willing to offer a very competitive salary in order to hire the most qualified candidates.

The Senior Planner will perform a variety of advanced professional and technical work towards the advancement of department goals and objectives. Specific duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Leads implementation of key department initiatives
  • Provides technical expertise to outside departments and the public
  • Conducts technical reviews of major commercial and residential development projects and rezonings
  • Performs field inspections to gather data relevant to the development review process and assess field conditions
  • Conducts research and prepares reports on land use, housing, and transportation topics
  • Supervises and/or other otherwise mentors junior staff members
  • Explains development review processes to the development community and the public and identifies suggestions for improvement
  • Guides and collaborates with contractors, developers, design professionals, community groups, and citizens
  • Makes presentations before the County Council, Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, and/or community groups
  • Provides ordinance administration and interpretations, and supports the ongoing UDO rewrite project
  • Supports the ongoing Comprehensive Plan project and future implementation

Typical Qualifications:

Typical qualifications for the Senior Planner may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning, Geography, or related field
  • Minimum five-years of experience as a planner
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Suite
  • AICP certification is desirable, but not required
  • Understanding of the principals and practices of current, long range, and transportation
  • Ability to manage multiple projects effectively and meet assigned timelines
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment
  • Collaborative mindset and conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to form effective relationships with internal and external customers
  • Effective communication skills: oral, written, and public presentations


Contact: Jennifer Bryan,