Town Planner

Date Posted:

Monday, June 3, 2024


Thursday, August 1, 2024

Position Objectives

This position is a full-time professional, administrative, and supervisory position involving management and administration for the Planning and Zoning Department.  The position reports directly to the Town Administrator. 

This position will work directly with the Town’s elected and appointed officials and receive direction from the Planning Commission and Town Administrator.  The Town Planner will review and provide comments for development plans, town planning and zoning codes, and includes but is not limited to the following job duties.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide professional review and recommendations of annexation petitions, public works agreements, subdivision site plans.
  • Planning, coordinating, and evaluating the land use planning of the Town and overseeing the implementation and enforcement of the Subdivision, Zoning, Comprehensive Plan and other applicable regulations of the Town.
  • Perform highly responsible and complex duties requiring considerable knowledge and independent judgment in the application and interpretation of relevant state and local laws and land use practices.
  • Facilitate development and zoning plan review processes and fees.  Process and review of development applications, including minor, major, and commercial development, from
  • application to recordation for compliance with all applicable regulations.
  • Review and recommend necessary changes to town zoning ordinances and subdivision regulations.
  • Regularly review, recommend, and prepare updates to the town land-use plans and comprehensive plan.
  • Prepare the agenda for the Town Planning Commission meetings.
  • Act as correspondent and facilitator for developers, contractors, and development.
  • Route all planning related documents and plans to the appropriate county and state agencies.
  • Provide Forest Resource Conservation review and enforcement.
  • Act as liaison to the county and state planning and zoning departments and public bodies.
  • Facilitate, in a collaborative manner, all long range-planning, including the development, updating and implementation of the Town’s Comprehensive Plan
  • Submit monthly reporting to the Planning Commission and Town Board, outlining project updates and activities of the department.
  • Coordinate the work of consultants in the study of major planning projects.
  • Assist other Town Departments and Advisory Commissions in the planning and administration of municipal projects. 
  • Prepare grant applications for municipal projects and initiatives.
  • Assist the public with processes, procedures, and interpreting the regulations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by Town Administrator.

Minimum Requirements

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Thorough knowledge of the laws and the principles and practices of municipal land use and planning and zoning, the regulation of the subdivision of land, and related State laws and regulations.
  • Ability to interpret architectural, engineering, and landscape drawings.
  • Ability to communicate in oral and written form, in a professional manner, with both technical and non-technical audiences and to prepare clear and concise written reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with residents and property owners, land use professionals, contractors, other Town staff and Town Commission and Board Members.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Adobe, and other municipal services software.

Education & Experience:

A minimum of three years’ experience in Municipal land use, planning and zoning, land use law and policy or other related experience of which at least one year was in Municipal Planning.  A Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Environmental Planning, Public Administration or a related field.  Experience with the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) software is preferred.


Salary Range: $68,848 - $127,836 per year, plus benefits (See benefits summary below)

Full Time; Monday - Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm.

Employees serve a probationary period of six months before attaining regular status.

Applications will be accepted by mail, email or in-person from June 3rd through end of business on August 1st, 2024.

Submit cover letter and resume to Paul Mantello, Town Administrator, at 31 West Main Street, Middletown, MD 21769, or email

Last updated 6/3/2024 8:31:49 AM