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Planning and Zoning/Community Development Specialist

City of Two Harbors
522 1st Ave, Two Harbors, MN 55616
Start date
Jun 18, 2024
Closing date
Jul 18, 2024

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Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time


The position requires a thorough knowledge of modern planning, zoning, and economic development rules, regulations, and policies.

May be assigned to work with or for outside agencies for duties similar in nature to those outlined above.



Directs and coordinates the administration, enforcement, and interpretation of the City's Zoning and Subdivision Code, Shoreland Ordinances, Short-Term Rental Ordinance and Comprehensive Plan. Responsible for timely and accurate reviews and recommendation of various development applications including plats, site plans, variance requests, conditional use permits, planned unit developments, subdivisions, zoning and comprehensive plan amendments, re-zoning and zoning amendment requests.


  1. Reports and makes recommendations to the Planning Commission and City Council on a variety of planning, zoning, and economic development issues. Makes formal presentations to the planning commission, city council, public, and other civic organizations regarding planning and community development topics.
  2. Or oversees the preparation of short and long-range planning studies and reports in support of new and updated plans, programs, and regulations related to planning.  Assists in preparation and administration of state and federal grant applications for various planning and economic development activities and assists other staff in their execution and reporting.



  1. Technical guidance to the Planning Commission and City Council regarding modern planning practices, techniques, laws, and regulations.
  2. Professional planning support services to the City Council, Planning and Zoning Commission, Trees and Trails Commission, THEDA on a regular basis. May also provide support for the Edna G Commission, Arts and Beautification Commission, Recreation Board, Waterfront Planning Committee, North Shore Management Board, and other committees and commissions as necessary. Serves as the city's Green Step Coordinator and may serve as the City’s representative on the North Shore Management Board.


  1. The City Administrator in public and private community and economic development activities, including business attraction and retention. Reviews building and development proposals for compliance with the City's Comprehensive Plan and applicable land use regulations.  Meets with developers and business owners on new development projects and business expansion projects to discuss plans and economic development programs.
  2. The City Administrator with the planning, sale, and development of certain City owned parcels.
  3. The Police Department, Building Official, and City Attorney in zoning code, building code, and blight enforcement. Coordinates with other agencies on environmental and transportation planning.
  4. The City Engineer and Public Works Director with recommendations for the Capital Improvement Plan, specifically regarding long range planning and trail development. Acts on behalf of the City in coordination with local, state, and federal government and non-governmental agencies on issues related to planning activities.


  1. Local or out of town training as necessary or required.
  2. Meetings or trainings outside of regular work hours. The position is primarily responsible for staffing the Planning and Zoning Commission and Trees and Trails Commission once a month each. Occasional attendance at City Council meetings is required.

Updates and Maintains:

  1. Planning and zoning records, planning and zoning fees, forms and applications, zoning and subdivision code, shore-land ordinances, comprehensive plan, and zoning and comprehensive plan maps.  Oversees the issuance and enforcement of administrative permits for temporary and permanent signs, wayfinding sign program, short term rental licenses, temporary vendor permits, and zoning permits.

Other duties or projects as assigned.


Education and Experience:

(A) Bachelor's degree and 3 years of verifiable experience related to planning and zoning, community development, economic development, city administration, or similar.


(B) Master's degree and 1 year of verifiable experience related to planning and zoning, community development, economic development, city administration or similar.         


(C) A valid Class D driver's license and driving record acceptable to the City.



(A) AICP Certification

(B) ArcGIS Certification


  1. Knowledge of local government planning, zoning, environmental, and economic development practices and principles.
  2. Knowledge of local government operations and procedures.
  3. Knowledge of State land use enabling legislation.
  4. Knowledge of planning best practices.
  5. Knowledge of current computer hardware and software programs

Ability to:

  1. Work independently with minimal supervision.
  2. Communicate effectively verbally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other departments, contractors, developers, and the public.
  3. Understand and carry out written and oral instructions.
  4. Exercise independent judgement.
  5. Produce accurate and high-quality work products.
  6. Lead and coordinate public participation in planning and development projects.
  7. Manage multiple projects at one time.
  8. Meet deadlines and perform tasks within a reasonable timeframe.
  9. Read and understand technical documents such as planning reports, topographic maps, plats, site plans, landscape plans, and construction plans.

Skilled In:

  1. Following directives and performing tasks that are timely, accurate, and of high quality.
  2. Consensus and team building.
  3. Problem solving.
  4. Attention to detail.
  5. High level customer service.

TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED Knowledge of operation and use of motorized vehicle, computer including Microsoft Office and other similar software, GIS and mapping software, phone, modern office equipment including copier, scanner, and fax machine, handheld tablets, laptop computer, and smart phones.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently is required to stand and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk; sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and smell.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions.

The noise level in the work environment are moderately quiet in office settings.


Formal application, rating of education and experience; oral interview and reference check; job related tests may be required.


***Please fill out supplemental application found at the below link: ***








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