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Town of Amherst

4 Boltwood Avenue
Amherst, MA 01002

Company Description:
The Town of Amherst seeks a workforce that reflects the diversity of its community and strives toward racial equity and environmental sustainability. All are encouraged to apply. AA/EEO
Salary Range:Location:
Job Type:Category:
Full / Part TimeProfessional
Education Level:Work Experience:
Master's Degree
Preference: Required
Preference: Preferred
Experience in land use and zoning, grant-writing and administration, utilization of GIS, map making and data extraction. - Preference: Required

Come and be part of our dynamic team.  The Amherst Planning Department is an exciting place to work with lots of projects already underway and new ones about to be launched.  Projects include private development and public parks, recreation and open spaces - as well as planning for housing and other new growth.  Every day is different with new challenges and opportunities. Come join us!

Job Summary
Performs a variety of routine and complex technical and administrative work for land use development activities including development review, permit processing and coordination, land use development analyses, report writing, zoning and regulation review and development, grant-writing and administration, and use of the GIS system. Work schedule is expected to include regular attendance at evening meetings as requested and may also require the delivery of public presentations.

Major Duties
1. Reviews and administers land use development requests, including subdivisions, site plans, ANRs, Site Plan Review approvals, Special Permits, design review, demolition delay, and similar requests. Administers specific sections of Town Bylaws. Working with other staff, analyzes and develops recommended improvements to overall development review process.

2. Facilitates coordination of permit system including streamlining and improving process. Updates forms, procedures and guides for development. Provides information to the public and assists citizens with processes for permits, planning, zoning and land use. Makes recommendations for improved customer service.

3. Provides primary staff support to the Zoning Board of Appeals, or the CDBG Advisory Committee, and the Design Review Board, and other boards/committees as directed, particularly with regard to the master plan; acts as liaison to other boards and committees regarding land use, growth management, and historic preservation issues. Works to ensure compliance with local, state and federal regulations. Keeps abreast of revisions to laws, regulations, and court decisions.

4. Provides staff support to Town boards and committees on matters of land use, zoning, and historic preservation in Amherst, as well as outreach and liaison with appropriate groups and individuals in the Amherst community. Conducts research and has responsibility for working with the Planning Board and others to review and develop amendments to the Zoning Bylaw, Official Zoning Map, subdivision regulations, and other rules and regulations.

5. Applies for and administers a range of grants in support of land use, community development, conservation and historic preservation activities.

6. Works with other Planning staff and the GIS Administrator to make recommendations regarding technical support, upgrades, and policy changes for the system.

7. Develops maps, charts, and other graphic aids associated with responsibilities.

8. Assists in other departmental work projects as necessary. Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

To view the full job description, please visit https://ma-amherst4.civicplus.com/jobs.aspx 

The Town of Amherst seeks a workforce that reflects the diversity of its community, and strives toward racial equity and environmental sustainability. All are encouraged to apply. AA/EEO.

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