Senior Land Use Planner

Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments (AVCOG)
August 16, 2022
Auburn, Maine
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Senior Land Use Planner

Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments (AVCOG) serves Androscoggin, Franklin, and Oxford Counties and seeks to fill the above position.

The Senior Land Use Planner directs the agency's growth management/comprehensive planning/land use/ordinance program and is the primary contact for planning assistance for the AVCOG region. The Senior Planner provides technical assistance in land use related matters to planning boards and code enforcement officers. Serves as the lead staff person in developing and implementing the comprehensive planning and land use planning programs and implements state contracts and local fee-for-service agreements for comprehensive plans and land use ordinances.  Serves as Agency's Growth Management coordinator for the State contracts on growth management and technical assistance.

  • Takes lead role in providing comprehensive and land use planning technical assistance to municipalities including land use ordinances and shoreland zoning. Writes and presents zoning, shoreland zoning, subdivisions and other land use ordinances.
  • Conducts detailed reviews of municipal land use ordinances; undertakes substantial revisions to existing land use ordinances; formulates new land use ordinances; serves as a technical resource at public hearings to explain proposed ordinances; compiles general or specific information for short-term and long-term planning.
  • Provides interpretation of state land use/development laws; provides educational materials; reviews prepared ordinances or documents; reviews the texts of existing ordinances; prepares information opinions on the interpretation of ordinances or codes; and advises board members or municipal officials on proper ordinance administration.
  • Maintains knowledge of land use issues within the region and state and acts as a liaison between local, state and federal agencies. Organizes and instructs planning workshops for municipalities, planning boards, CEO’s and others. Participates in workshops and conferences as needed.

For more information visit: Senior Land Use Planner

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Joe McKinney has served as Executive Director of the National Association of Development Organizations since 2012. He previously served as the Executive Director of the Land of Sky Regional Council in Asheville, North Carolina from 2003 to 2012. Under his leadership, Land of Sky became recognized nationally for its innovation in program areas including planning and economic development, workforce development, transportation and transit, aging services, volunteer services, and geographic information systems. Joe has also held various other roles in city, county, association, and government management. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.

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