Planner I


The City of Portland is seeking a Planner 1 in the City Planning Department. Starting Salary $41,876/YR DOE. Open until filled. The qualified candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Urban Planning, Urban Design, Urban Geography, Public Policy, or related area of study plus one (1) year relevant work experience; a Master's degree may be substituted for experience. Special consideration may be given to those candidates with CNU-A or AICP candidate.

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions 

Provides customer service to developer representatives or property owners for proposed projects on development requirements for various city departments. Meets with applicants about development proposals; visits and evaluates site locations for development proposals; conducts field evaluations and assessments. Conducts field inspections of building facades, landscaping, and site layout; coordinates with the Technical Review Committee in reviewing plans submitted for consideration to the Planning Commission; interprets and applies city regulations, plans and policies, including, but not limited to subdivision regulations, land use plan, and municipal codes; reviews or assists in the review of moderately difficult subdivisions and site plans for conformance with ordinances, plans, and regulations.

Evaluates or assists in the evaluation of rezonings, ordinance amendments, special use permits, variances and other proposals; makes presentations to the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, City Council and other elected and appointed boards and commissions as necessary. Assists in developing and updating Comprehensive Plans, Transportation Plans, Small Area Plans, and programs. Conducts research and prepares statistical reports on land use, physical, social & economic issues. Assists with and coordinate site and subdivision sureties with City Departments; assures that citizen complaints and inquiries are researched and resolved in a timely fashion. Investigates violations of planning regulations and ordinances, including site visits; researches and compiles information on a variety of planning issues from multiple sources.

Provides technical support of the GIS system and graphics production; proficient in application of GIS and mapping to planning processes. May represent the City of Portland at meetings in the absence of the City Planner; assists with other planning activities and supports other city departments as directed by the City Planner. Serves as coordinator for assigned components of Title VI, ADA Title II, and Section 504 compliance programs; and performs other duties as assigned.

Work is generally performed inside, although occasionally, outside work may be required.  Work performed indoors is in an office environment, temperature controlled, well-lit with low noise levels.  This position may experience extended periods of sitting or standing, frequently shifting schedule, and emergent demands from internal customers.

To apply, visit, or send resume and cover letter to:


City of Portland

ATTN:  Human Resources

100 N. Russell St.

Portland, TN  37148

FAX:  615-325-1481


The City of Portland is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The City of Portland does not discriminate based on race, color or national origin in federal or state sponsored programs, pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000d), or based on disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act.