Planning & Zoning Administrator

Description :


Class Title:

Planning & Zoning Administrator

Cost Code:



Community Development

Grade No:








Performs a variety of routine and complex administrative, technical, and professional work in the current and/or long range planning programs of the City, related to the development and implementation of land use and related municipal plans and policies.



Works under the general supervision of the City Manager and/or Assistant City Manager

May exercise supervision over assistant or specialty planners on a given project, as assigned. May also supervise support staff, part-time or temporary employees or volunteers, as assigned.


  • Serves as the Designated Zoning Administrator for the City.
  • Assists in administration of City Code, Zoning Ordinances, and Subdivision  Regulations.
  • Reviews Zoning Applications to determine if information is sufficient and includes      the data necessary to evaluate the application.
  • Administers the processing of zone changes, zoning ordinance amendments, special use  permits, variances, and improvement plans.
  • Assists  n reviewing and approving sign permit applications. Reviews business license applications for compliance with zoning, sign, and related regulations.
  • Periodically patrols, or inspects an assigned area, to monitor for violations of local codes.
  • Develops short and long range plans; gathers, interprets, and prepares data for studies, reports and recommendations; coordinates department activities with other departments and agencies, as needed.
  • Coordinates  and manages short and long range planning consultant contracts, as assigned.
  • Monitors planning activities of neighboring jurisdictions; coordinates work with other affected agencies; assists in the development of regional plans, as assigned.
  • Reviews development and related land use permit applications, site plans, variance applications, etc.; examines applications for compliance with establishedplans and ordinances, and applicable local, state or Federal regulation; solicits input from appropriate staff, schedules hearings and actions, monitors through the approval process, enforces compliance with regulations; prepares reports and related data as required, utilizing computer programs, models and simulators.
  • Assists in the development and implementation of long range growth management, land use, economic development, utility, housing, transportation, facilities, solid waste, or other plans and codes to meet the City's needs and any inter-governmental agreements or requirements.
  • Creates and maintains City GIS data assets, creates maps and GIS content to support City departments, grants, etc.
  • Updates a variety of maps. Prepares graphics and maps for a variety of reports, plans, grant applications, publications, or meetings. Assists in  maintaining the database of information for planning purposes.
  • Prepares a variety of studies, reports and related information for decision-making  purposes.
  • Conducts minor environmental studies, evaluates environmental information, and recommends mitigation measures to reduce adverse impacts of development.
  • Conducts  technical research studies and prepares statistical reports and recommendations for drafting or revising local legislation and long range comprehensive plans, projecting trends, monitoring socio-economic data, etc.
  • Provides technical and professional advice; makes presentations to supervisors, boards, commissions, civic groups, and the general public. Provides information on land use applications, ordinances, codes, plans, and related planning programs services or regulations to architects, engineers, developers,  contractors, owners, community groups, and interested persons.
  • Serves, when assigned, as a member of a planning task force composed of City, County, and/or State groups. May also coordinate various department activities with appointed and/or elected policy boards.
  • Attends professional development workshops and conferences to keep abreast of  trends and developments in the field of municipal planning.
  • Administers the Floodplain Management Program using latest maps and data published by FEMA
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

The above information on this position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties and responsibilities required of all employees assigned to this job.



  • BA or BS Degree in Planning, Land-use Planning, Urban Planning, Engineering, Architecture, or closely related field (Masters may be substituted for one (1) year of experience); and
  • Three (3) years' experience in GIS or planning, of which two (2) years in municipal government is preferred.



Thorough knowledge of zoning laws and comprehensive plans, including their formation, process of adoption, and enforcement.

  • Extensive knowledge of land use and development regulations, planning concepts, and principles, such as land use law, housing legislation, policy development, and analysis.
  • Working knowledge of personal computers, database systems, and GIS applications.
  • Skill in the area of drafting and designing.
  • Skill in the operation of the listed tools and equipment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with architects, contractors, developers, owners, supervisors, employees, and the general public.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships.


  • Valid New Mexico Driver's License.
  • AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners) certification preferred.
  • Floodplain Management Certification, or ability to obtain same within twelve (12) months of employment
  • Must successfully pass pre-employment drug screening.
  • Must successfully complete post-offer employment medical examination.


Fax, Personal Computer, including word processing; duplicating machine, Xerox, telephone, calculator, filing cabinets, stapler, printer, reference books, office supplies, and chemicals, including correction fluids and glue, various graphic design tools, vehicle.


  • Work is performed mostly indoors. Some outdoor work is required in the inspection of various land use developments and construction sites.
  • Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various pieces of office equipment.
  • Occasionally required to stand or sit, walk, required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, orcrawl while performing the duties.
  • Occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms while performing the duties.
  • Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


The physical demands described above are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



  • Normal work performed on weekdays. Some overtime work may be involved.
  • Occasionally works in outside weather conditions and exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, or airborne particles, while performing the duties of this job.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet in the office, and moderate in the field.
  • Duties may require overnight travel in-state and/or out-of-state.


The work environment characteristics described above are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions when notified of said disability.



Formal application, rating of education and experience; oral interview and reference check; job related tests may be requested.


This Position Description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.





Contact :

Job Advertisement




The City of Truth or Consequences has an opening for the position of PLANNING & ZONING ADMINISTRATOR in the COMMUNITY DEVELEOPMENT DEPARTMENT.


Requirements:  BA or BS Degree in Planning, Land-use Planning, Urban Planning, Engineering, Architecture, or closely related field (Masters may be substituted for one (1) year of experience) andthree (3) years' experience in planning, two (2) years of which were in municipal government is preferred.


Grade GS-8 Pay rate commensurate with qualification and experience, plus benefits                         


Application and Job Description are available from Human Resources Office,

505 Sims Street T or C., NM, 87901, tel.#575-894-6673 ext. 314 fax #575-894-0363.

Deadline for applications to be returned to the City’s HR Office is Until filled. E.O.E.



PUBLISH:     March 09, 2018   -   Sentinel

March 14, 2018   - Herald


POSTED:       Workforce Solutions - (03/09/18 – Until filled)

 City’s Website - (03/09/18 – Until filled)

 Municipal League: (03-09-18 – Until filled)


Deadline for Applying : Open until filled