Planning Technician III - Position #11217

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

Upper Marlboro, MD United States

Planning Technician III (11217, Grade 18)

7/6/2022 11:59 PM Eastern

The Prince George’s County Planning Department of The Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission is seeking a Planning Technician III to join our planning team. The Department provides land use planning for the physical development of Prince George’s County, Maryland. As the second most populous county in Maryland, Prince George’s has a population of approximately 900,000 residents and is home to the University of Maryland at College Park, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and Joint Base Andrews Air Force Base.  Prince George’s County is also home to many attractions such as FedEx Field, National Harbor, and Six Flags Amusement Park. Are you ready to make a difference in Prince George’s County? If so, we invite qualified candidates to apply for our Planning Technician III position.

Examples of Important Duties

  • Reviews plans, permits, or final plats (e.g. site plans, design plans, landscape plans, building permits) which include intricate elements such as complex approval conditions, a number of applicable codes, frequently changing codes, and/or lack of or conflicting precedents that make interpretation difficult.
  • Prepares detailed zoning certification letters on property. These letters often require major researching of deeds, can deal with road takings, ownership issues, easements, and old zoning ordinance regulations and how they may or may not apply to today’s standards.  Also prepares zoning history letters, which require researching old zoning maps and multiple Master Plans and SMAs to determine the number of times a property has been impacted by rezoning. Notifies and discusses issues with applicants and their representatives. Reviews prior site plans, aerial photos, and Subdivision Plats to determine conformance with submitted site plans.
  • Code Interpretation – In consultation with supervisor, applies updated codes to development applications and maintains awareness of in-house policy interpretations.  Using the County’s Legislative Information System (LIS), provides accurate information on requirements to customers.  The incumbent is expected to develop expertise in the requirements of the Zoning Ordinance and the Landscape Manual. Keeps applicable codes updated and maintains awareness of in-house policy changes.  Stays abreast of code and ordinance changes in area assigned.
  • Communicates regularly with developers, builders, engineers, architects, attorneys, and homeowners providing zoning, land and permitted uses for properties within the County.  Documents each inquiry from a customer on appropriate records.  Communicates with elected officials, citizens, and various County agencies, verbally or in writing, concerning permit matters and regulations.
  • Manages a specialized technical portion of the planning or regulatory program.  Coordinates work efforts with the Commission and with other agencies.  Plans and prioritizes work to implement the work effort.  Serves as a representative of the department on matters related to area of responsibility.  
  • Processes fees and makes bank deposits. Maintains records.  Orders supplies as necessary.  Develops and implements new procedures to improve productivity and efficiency.
  • Trains new team members on code and ordinance interpretation, planning policies and procedures, financial processing, and other duties for the section.
  • Provides support for supervisor in preparation for meetings with citizens, applicants, attorneys, and engineers as requested to provide information on the development review process, individual application issues, and the requirements of the Zoning Ordinance and the Subdivision Regulations.

 A Planning Technician III plans, organizes, and prioritizes own work in the context of established standards. Performs other related duties as assigned to cover in the absence of supervisor.

The ideal candidate must have highly organized work habits, be meticulous and accurate, and have experience with record keeping, database management, and application processing in a regulatory environment. A successful candidate must also have substantial analytical skills and excellent written and oral communication skills. Familiarity with local zoning, urban design, and subdivision codes would be advantageous. This position's work program provides support to the Prince George's County Planning Department and the Prince George's County Planning Board.
 Preferred Skills: Microsoft Office Suite, ArcGIS

Minimum Qualifications

  1. High school diploma or Certificate of General Educational Development (GED).
  2. Four (4) years of progressively responsible experience with plan, permit and development application review.
  3. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted, which together total four (4) years.

Why Prince George’s Planning? 

  • Telework opportunities 
  • Flexible schedules 
  • Complimentary access to M-NCPPC gymnasiums throughout Prince George’s County 
  • Free parking is available for employees 
  • Professional development opportunities/Tuition assistance 
  • Positions may qualify for federal student loan forgiveness assistance

The M-NCPPC offers a competitive salary range of $47,692 to $84,463 (salary is commensurate with education and experience) at the Planning Technician III level with excellent benefits including generous leave, extensive health coverage, deferred compensation plan, and employee pension plan.  
The Prince George’s County Planning Department is currently located in historic Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Person(s) hired for this position must provide proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (with limited religious or medical exceptions).
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate a workplace culture of diversity, equity and inclusion without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, gender identity, or any other non-merit position.

Experience Level
Mid II (4-8 years)
AICP Level
Other Specialty
Salary Range
$47,692.00 - $84,463.00 Annually

Contact Information

Recruitment and Selection Services
7833 Walker Drive
Suite 425
Greenbelt, MD
United States
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