Associate Land Use Planner - Permits and Enforcement


Date Posted:
Job Code:
Citizens Square
200 E Berry St
Fort Wayne
Department of Planning Services
Base Pay:
Closing Date:
August 20, 2018



This position is full-time, nonexempt, classified and covered as defined by The Board of Commissioners of the County of Allen Employee Handbook.

Hours are 8:00 am - 5:00 pm; 40 hours/week; overtime as required

Under the direction of the Senior Land Use Planner- Permits and Enforcement, the Associate Land Use Planner- Permits and Enforcement assists with processing, reviewing, and inspection of land use projects, provides research and support in the enforcement of zoning violations for the City of Fort Wayne and Allen County zoning jurisdiction.


  • Covers regularly scheduled on-call periods, establishes an enforcement inspection schedule, and responds to citizen or government agency zoning related complaints and inquiries.
  • Conducts on-site project and enforcement inspections, reviews and compares physical structures to site plans and assists other department staff with site inspections as required.
  • Assists with the enforcement process including, but not limited to, researching and establishing ticketing process and hearing procedures.
  • Provides research on policy and procedures for time, efficiency, and effectiveness of follow up to zoning complaints.
  • Responds to inquiries from other agencies and members of the general public regarding department services, requirements, standard policies, and procedures.
  • Processes Improvement Location Permit applications and assists office staff with detailed/complicated requests for information and unusual project sites.
  • Provides support to the sign code by reviewing sign permit applications.
  • Assists with petitions for compliance with zoning ordinances and for projects and enforcement related actions.
  • Works with developers and other applicants on projects and ensures they are aware of filing dates and required information.
  • Reviews development proposals and other requests for conformance with appropriate regulations and prepares recommendations.
  • Checks commercial, industrial, and residential development plans for zoning conformity, processes permit applications, visits development sites, and communicates with property owners, architects, builders, attorneys, contractors, engineers, and the general public regarding development policies and standards.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned, including overtime as required.

Minimum Requirements and Working Conditions



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Public Administration, Community Development, or related field with one year of experience in community development, planning, or related experience
  • Valid Driver’s License to operate a county vehicle
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills, including public speaking to effectively and professionally communicate with others
  • Knowledge of research and data collection practices with the ability to read, analyze, and interpret department and governmental records and regulations
  • Knowledge of planning principles and practices with the ability to apply them to current situations and projects
  • Strong customer service skills with the interest and willingness to work with others
  • Strong computer skills with the ability to learn various computer programs including, but not limited to, Microsoft Office, ArcGIS, and other job related software


The Associate Land Use Planner works in an office environment with the ability to move about freely with frequent sitting, mental/visual effort, and attention to detail, detailed inspection, and transcription /proofreading. Some standing, lifting up to twenty pounds, bending, pushing/pulling loads, reaching over head, kneeling, crawling, climbing ladders, typing, and exposure to extreme temperatures, noise, and noxious odors/fumes are to be expected.