Zoning Associate Planner

Arlington County Government

Arlington, VA United States

The Community Planning, Housing and Development (CPHD) Department is seeking a Zoning Associate Planner to join our Zoning Division within the Policy, Research, and Information Management (PRIM). The Zoning Division is responsible for providing a wide range of services related to the administration and interpretation of regulations contained in the Arlington County Zoning Ordinance (ACZO). The PRIM section is responsible for providing oversight and execution of operations for the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA).


  Specific Duties: 

  • Performing research and analysis related to zoning, land use, development, and real estate regulations both broadly and for specific properties pursuant to and the Code of Virginia, Arlington County Zoning Ordinance (ACZO), and past approvals of the BZA; 
  • Providing technical assistance and information relating to the Zoning Ordinance, and BZA processes to a variety of internal and external stakeholders, including residents, developers, and County Staff, the media, and other agencies;
  • Drafting written correspondence, including compliance letters and map corrections on behalf of the Zoning Administrator based on their research and analysis;
  • Providing the Board of Zoning Appeals Coordinator with administrative and technical support, including meeting with residents, evaluating their plans, and informing them of the BZA’s process, timeline, and fees;
  • Reviewing and processing building permits and BZA applications and reports, and drafting findings the BZA must make in granting a Use Permit or Variance;
  • Attending public meetings including BZA’s evening meetings;
  • Determining if compliance with BZA decisions is met;  
  • Reviewing, analyzing, preparing, cataloging, and tracking BZA monthly public notices, staff reports, photos, PowerPoint presentations, meeting minutes, and disposition letters;  
  • Performing other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or related field; 
  • Two (2) years of progressive experience in urban planning or design, zoning and/or land use development.   

Substitution:  Additional education may be substituted for experience.  Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.  
Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with a Master’s Degree in a related field and experience in one or more of the following:   

  • Knowledge of land use law related to Zoning;  
  • Preparing and conducting presentations in a public setting. 
  • Performing research and analysis relating to zoning, land use, development, and real estate regulations; and
  • Working with the community, neighborhood, non-profit and business groups, and public/private organizations.
Experience Level
Mid I (1-4 years)
AICP Level
Land Use and Development Regulation and Zoning
Salary Range
$78,104.00 - $119,350.40

Contact Information

Shareena Dixon
2100 Clarendon Blvd.
Suite 511
Arlington, VA
United States
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