City of Binghamton, New York

Zoning Officer

July 26, 2018 - 4:02pm -- jlallen
Date Posted: 
7/26/2018
Location: 
Planning, Housing and Community Development
Salary: 
$38,000.00 to $41,343.00 per year
Distinguishing Features Of The Class: 

The work involves responsibility for the application of zoning, compliance and enforcement of the Municipal zoning ordinance and other applicable laws, statues, ordinances, codes, rules and regulations related to the use, development and construction of land, property and building within the city.  The duties involve responding to inquiries on zoning of land, issuing zoning letters for: permitted uses, application for land use development, variances, signage, fences and other inquiries including but not limited to: investigation for purposes of answering complaints, determination of violations and processing of applications for zoning change, agendas, public notices, staff reports for the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals.  Attends meetings as required.  The work is performed under general supervision and direction of the Director of Planning, Housing & Community Development with leeway allowed for exercise of independent judgment in carrying out details of the work.  Works with and assists the Supervisor of Building Inspection and Construction for the enforcement of zoning and site plan requirements.  Does related work as required.

Minimum Qualifications: 
  1. Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with a Master’s degree in planning, architecture, engineering technology, construction technology or a related field.  OR
  2. Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with a Bachelor’s degree in planning, architecture, engineering technology, construction technology or a related field and one (1) year of relevant experience. OR
  3. High school graduate and three (3) years of experience in the fields of planning or zoning or building and construction or code enforcement or an equivalent amount of training and experience as defined in (a) or (b) above.
Typical Work Activities: 

Reviews land use applications, variances, developments, site plans, some building permit applications for compliance with zoning and other applicable laws and may issue certain permits if approved:  Inspects for development/land use, interprets zoning ordinances, variances and new construction or property sites for compliance with zoning laws and ordinances:  Responds to complaints and referrals:  Prepares notices of zoning violations:  Orders corrective action and advises violators of required procedures:  Issues notices of violation and appearance tickets:  Explains zoning ordinances, codes and regulations to applicants, contractors and the public:  Prepares maps, field inspection reports and other information as may be necessary to support the Planning Department or assist in decisions by the Zoning Board of Appeals, and Planning Board or Commission and Commission on Architecture and Urban Design or other boards.  Works with other departments and Corporation Counsel to recommend amendments and revisions to the zoning ordinance as necessary:  Reviews both zoning and planning use permits/applications to verify they are complete and information is accurate;  Assists applicants with information needed to complete zoning and planning use approvals:  Informs public and city personnel as to questions which they may have with respect to zoning ordinances:  May appear in court to represent City on Zoning cases:  Provides office coverage, when necessary.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICSThorough knowledge of local zoning ordinances and related laws:  Good knowledge of zoning development controls including subdivision codes and State Environmental Quality Review Act: Working knowledge of City of Binghamton planning and zoning statues:  Working knowledge of impact and relative compatibility of land uses and development principles and practices relative to zoning:  Ability to understand and explain provisions of the zoning ordinance in clear, non-technical terms:  Ability to prepare records and reports:  Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with public officials, contractors and the general public:  Ability to operate a personal computer and utilize common office software programs including work processing, spreadsheet, and database at an acceptable rate of accuracy and speed:  Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.