The Town of Herndon, Virginia, located in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area, is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Development Planner specializing in community design and plan review. The town is focused on transit-oriented redevelopment adjacent to the nearly complete Herndon Metrorail Station, as well as infill and redevelopment within the town’s historic downtown core. The position performs professional level planning work within the Department of Community Development.
• The duties include architectural and preservation design review, as well as the review of site plans, generalized development plans, building permits and other plan and permit submittals for zoning code compliance and best planning practices
• Assists in the development of urban design policies and the implementation of the town’s sustainability plan and current design guidelines. One of the responsibilities of this position is staff support to the Heritage Preservation Review Board and Architectural Review Board, requiring expertise in architectural styles and professional public presentation skills
• Additional necessary skills include: proficiency and accuracy with measuring tools (engineers’ scale, architects’ scale and electronic measuring methods), the ability to abstract 3 dimensional forms and relationships from plan sheets, the ability to understand and apply historic preservation guidelines and zoning regulations, the ability to perform independent research and analysis, the ability to write informative and concise staff reports, the ability to positively and productively interact with co-workers and a broad spectrum of customers, and proficiency with Microsoft Office, PowerPoint and Prezi
• Knowledge of the principles and history of urban and architectural design is essential
• Bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture or urban planning with a concentration in urban design and architectural history or closely related field with a minimum of five years professional experience in site plan and architectural plan review including zoning compliance
• Or, master’s degree in landscape architecture or urban planning with a concentration in urban design and architectural history or closely related field with a minimum of four years of professional experience in site plan and architectural plan review and analysis including zoning compliance
• Or, an equivalent combination of experience and education of the above
• Must possess a valid driver’s license with acceptable driving record.
• Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, plus some evenings
Town of Herndon, VA
The Town of Herndon, population 23,570, is the third largest town in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Amidst a 21st century Northern Virginia landscape of high rise buildings, industrial complexes and transportation hubs, Herndon maintains a small town charm that is evident in its downtown, its neighborhoods and its commercial area. Situated in the northwest quadrant of Fairfax County, the town has a land area of 4.28 square miles and is located approximately 23 miles west of Washington, D.C. Located two miles east of Washington Dulles International Airport, the town has approximately 9.3 million square feet of commercial and office floor space that supports approximately 25,000 jobs.
The town is organized under the Council/Manager form of government. The Town Council is the governing body, which formulates policies for the proper administration of the town. The Mayor and six members of the Town Council are elected simultaneously for two-year terms. The Council appoints a Town Manager to be the administrative head of the town. The Town Manager is charged with directing all business affairs of the town and has the power of appointment and removal of the heads of all departments and employees under his supervision. The town employs 261 employees on a regular full- or part-time basis.
In Virginia, incorporated towns are an integral part of the counties in which they are located. The citizens of the town, therefore, pay Fairfax County property taxes (real estate and personal property), in addition to town real estate taxes. In exchange, Fairfax County provides public education, library services, health and social services, mental health assistance, fire and rescue service, judicial services, correctional facilities and additional recreation services and facilities.