Lake County Illinois Planner Position

The Planner’s general function within the organization is to perform moderately complex work related to land use planning research, development project management and application of zoning and other regulations in the review of development proposals, communication with applicants, issuance of reports and presentation of information to the Department’s key stakeholders.

Essential Functions

Depending on the assignment, the incumbent will perform a combination of the following responsibilities, and perform related duties as assigned:
Function as development project manager for complex development projects, including subdivisions, conditional use permits, planned unit developments, zoning variances, and nonresidential site plans. Will also assist with policy development related to various planning topics and sustainability initiatives.

  1. Conduct development review of projects through the application of the Lake County Code (and any accompanying site inspections) including site plan and site capacity review, zoning review, and natural resource protection assessment.
  2. Review and analyze data on planning best practices, physical conditions, population trends, housing conditions and other social and economic factors pertaining to planning.
  3. Implement internal process improvements in planning and zoning administration.
  4. Research and draft ordinance and plan amendments.
  5. Assist in departmental efforts to further sustainability goals, objectives, and policies of the Lake County Board
  6. Utilize GIS to perform various development review and other planning functions.
  7. Provide staff support and present to the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Lake County Planning, Building, Zoning & Environment Committee and other key stakeholders.
  8. Perform all other related duties as assigned.

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