City of Rock Hill
Planning and Zoning Manager
$77,708 – $112,444 annually
Until Filled

Minimum Training & Experience

Requires a bachelor’s degree in planning or related field supplemented by six years in planning with some supervisory experience or closely related experience. The equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Must have American Planning Association (AICP) Certification and a valid Driver’s License.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Considerable knowledge of the ordinances, laws, principles and practices of local government land development, construction, and project management.
  • Extensive skill in zoning
  • Ability to research, analyze, and systematically compile technical and statistical information and to prepare complex reports.
  • Ability to present department reports and inspection and development issues and recommendations to public officials, interested parties, and the general public.
  • Ability to supervise assigned staff.
  • Ability to deal with people beyond giving and receiving instructions. Must be adaptable to performing under stress when confronted with emergency situations or tight deadlines.
  • Ability to maintain positive customer-focused relationships with co-workers, supervisors, agencies, the general public, and all other internal and external customers. Personally, demonstrates appropriate customer service skills.
  • Work is performed onsite. The incumbent must be present at work to perform the essential functions of this job.

Essential Job Functions

  • Manages functions of Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Board of Historic Review; ensures that public notice is given; strategizes and reviews content of staff reports and oral presentations; attends meetings in supervisory role.
  • Writes and presents the more complex staff reports to the Boards and City Council members for proposed rezonings, ordinance amendments, variance and special exception requests, and administrative appeals.
  • Researches and recommends policy and ordinance changes on various zoning and land use topics. Implements approved changes.
  • Meets with and discusses potential development projects with developers. Helps guide plan review staff in addressing questions from applicants about ordinance standards and development review processes. Helps lead negotiations of the terms of “planned developments” with developers.
  • Manages zoning and property maintenance code enforcement on commercial uses. Guides code enforcement officer and zoning coordinator about strategies in gaining voluntary compliance on properties with violations, and in representing the City’s cases in municipal court when voluntary compliance is not achieved.
  • Manages the zoning aspects of feasibility studies for prospective businesses.
  • Works with zoning staff and Department Director to determine land use classifications for unique businesses. Helps determine what site improvements must be made when changes of use, renovations, or expansions trigger compliance with current zoning standards.
  • Manages the City’s historic preservation functions, which primarily include reviewing proposed changes to historic properties, seeking grants for projects related to historic preservation, and educating the public about topics of importance in local history.
  • Assists the Department Director in the interpretation of the Zoning Ordinance, and recommends ordinance and policy changes on various zoning, land use, and development topics.
  • Provides input into and coordinates with City Attorney’s office on legal issues relating to zoning, land use, and development issues.
  • Manage employees to include coaching, counseling, hiring, development, training, discipline, etc. Conducts formal performance appraisals of their work annually.
  • Identifies areas where development review and other administrative processes and policies within the Department could be improved, and guides staff to make the associated changes.
  • Supervises the Department’s Freedom of Information Act responses.
  • Oversees budget for division.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned to meet organizational needs.