Website Town of Brownsburg

Base Pay: $58,200 – $65,400 / Year

Employee Type: Exempt

Principal Function: The Senior Planner is responsible for managing highly complex and fast-paced planning assignments, performing advanced technical and administrative work, supervising and monitoring community development activities, programs, and projects, and ensuring compliance.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist with the application, interpretation, and enforcement of local, state, and federal codes, ordinances, and regulations, including, but not limited to zoning and subdivision regulations, construction standards, and municipal and land use regulations.
  • Acts on behalf of the Town as the liaison for the U.S. Census Bureau’s Boundary and Annexation Surveys (BAS), Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA), New Construction Program (NCP), and other initiatives.
  • Assists in researching and drafting new land use regulations as well as updating existing regulatory ordinances.
  • Assists with explaining, interpreting, and enforcing the requirements of all related Plan Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, and Town Council approvals.
  • Assists in administering software portals and records for online applications including building record types, adjusting workflows and assignments, and managing user access and experience.
  • Administers, coordinates, directs, and manages the implementation, development, and deployment of the Town’s Geographic Information System (GIS), including defining requirements, tasks, and resource assignments. Provides technical and mapping assistance to other town departments.
  • Provides overall management of planning-related issues.
  • Assist with the development of strategic, short and long-term planning projects; gathering, interpreting, and preparing data for studies, reports, and recommendations; coordinating department activities with other departments and agencies, as needed.
  • Assists with updates and maintenance of the Town’s Construction Standards, policies, procedures, comprehensive plan, land use regulations, and ordinances that relate to the Department’s goals and objectives.
  • Conducts reviews of various development applications, including but not limited to: subdivision plans; zoning map amendments; commitment amendments; development plans; variances; special exception uses; and other land use-related requests. Attends Technical Review, Plan Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, and Town Council meetings as needed.
  • Reviews and prepares legal notices for publication ensuring legal requirements are met for public hearings and notice-related tasks.
  • Researches, develops, implements, and/or reviews, interprets, and recommends changes to specifications, standards, policies, procedures, codes, regulations, and ordinances that relate to the department’s goals, objectives, policies, and procedures.
  • Maintains strict confidentiality regarding Town issues and sensitive economic development projects.
  • Assists staff regarding enforcement of municipal code, zoning, and subdivision regulations.
  • Assist with the management of junior planning staff.
  • All other duties as assigned by the Director of Development Services.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty according to the requirements of the Town of Brownsburg. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential duties and responsibilities.

Education and/or Experience: Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning, Public or Business Administration, Political Science, or related Field. A minimum of 3-6 years of experience in land use planning, local government management, community and neighborhood development, code administration, or a related field. A combination of work experience and education may be considered. American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to make practical application of the standard principles of local, state, and federal zoning and subdivision control regulations.
  • Ability to coordinate and effectively communicate orally and in writing with the Director of Development Services, Building Commissioner, Town Manager, Town Council, Co-workers, other Town Departments, contractors, vendors, and the public including being sensitive to professional ethics, gender, cultural diversities, and disabilities.
  • Knowledge of urban planning, development, and local government policies, issues, and procedures.
  • Ability to read and interpret construction plans and specifications.
  • Capable of managing multiple, high-priority assignments and working on several projects or issues simultaneously.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to provide effective supervision, staff management, and change management.
  • Strong knowledge and experience in Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, internet applications, ArcGIS, AutoCAD, and strong graphic communication skills.
  • Strong analytical skills to interpret research data for reports and apply mathematical techniques in practical situations.
  • Must have a safe work record with good ethics and dependable attendance.
  • Must have and maintain a verifiable Indiana Driver’s License, and a demonstrated safe driving record, and must remain insurable through the Town’s liability insurance carrier.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential duties and responsibilities.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently will stand; walk; and lift and/or move up to 50 pounds without an assistive device (greater weights may be required with the use of an assistive device). The employee occasionally will climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less), distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more), color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors), peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point), depth perception (three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships), and the ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus).

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential duties and responsibilities.

This job operates primarily in the general community with moderate safety/health hazard potential. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud. However, job duties will require employees to perform skilled labor with high safety/health hazard potential.

While the role follows a work schedule of 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday, this job may require work beyond these hours which may include nights, weekends, holidays, and on-call status.


  • Health Care Plan (Medical, Dental, Vision)
  • Retirement Plan
  • Life Insurance (Basic, Voluntary & AD&D)
  • Paid Time Off (Vacation, Sick, Public Holidays)
  • Short & Long Term Disability
  • Training & Development
  • Wellness Resources

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