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Director of Planning and Zoning

Loudoun County, Virginia

The Position

The Director of Planning and Zoning oversees a staff of 56 FTEs with an approved FY 2015 budget of $6.6 million. The department’s programs are largely mandated by the Code of Virginia, which requires a current comprehensive plan. The Board of Supervisors’ strategic work plan outlines initiatives for the department. With the County’s rapid growth, Planning and Zoning issues comprise a majority of the Board of Supervisors’ agenda, necessitating significant interaction with Board Members, Planning Commission members, developers, homeowner’s associations, and residents. There are four divisions within the department:

Application Review and Management – This division reviews legislative development applications, such as rezoning and special exceptions, ensuring that they are in compliance with County and Commonwealth regulations, and adopted plans. The division determines the potential impact on County services, existing development, utilities, and fiscal resources. The division supports the Planning Commission, a nine-member Board-appointed advisory body, and reviews applications in accordance with Historic District Guidelines. Approved staffing: 16 FTEs

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Community Planning – This division oversees the policy development process by supporting the Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission in developing long-range land use and growth management policies.  The group processes Board-initiated Comprehensive Plan amendments. Key Board of Supervisors’ strategic work plan items include coordination of the Silver Line plan amendment initiatives, the Dulles Community Outreach project, and implementation of the Route 28 Corridor-related activities, and are being managed by this Division. Approved staffing: 6.2 FTEs

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Community Information & Outreach – This division oversees historic resource protection efforts and inter-jurisdictional coordination, in addition to conducting outreach efforts in support of Board of Supervisors’ initiatives. The division is also responsible for community education and is the source of the County’s demographic information and forecasting. Approved staffing: 6.8 FTEs

Zoning Administration – This division enforces the zoning ordinance and portions of the Virginia Maintenance Code, maintains the Zoning Map, manages proffers, proffer amendments, and land development applications in conjunction with the Building and Development Department, and supports the Board of Zoning Appeals. Efforts are underway to upgrade the division’s website presence and to process Zoning Ordinance amendments that are part of the Board of Supervisors’ initiative to promote business friendly zoning practices. Approved staffing: 27 FTEs

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The reorganization of Zoning Administration functions from the Department of Building and Development to the Department of Planning and Zoning (formerly Planning Services) in July 2014 allowed for streamlining of internal processes and alignment of resources to better serve the public, the development community, and the Board of Supervisors. The current director is retiring after serving as director for 22 years with Loudoun County.

Requirements

Requirements for the position are a master’s degree and at least ten years of progressively responsible planning experience in a local government or relevant private sector experience, including supervisory experience. Preferred qualifications include a candidate who has worked in a high growth environment, understands the impact of fiscal policy and utility policy on growth, and has some transportation planning experience. AICP certification preferred.

The Ideal Candidate

The next director will be a strong, experienced leader who has a passion for planning and land development and can navigate complex and controversial land use issues with ease. The ideal candidate will be a seasoned professional who can manage and empower the department employees and collaborate well with other departments to find solutions that are in the best interest of the County. The director’s communication skills will be exceptional, with the ability to identify key issues, implications of decisions, and the ability to articulate complex zoning regulations and laws into a clear, understandable message for a variety of audiences. The ideal candidate will be flexible but firm, fair but empathetic, open-minded but decisive. The next director will be able to see the future financial impacts of land use decisions, be able to balance the needs of the public, elected officials, development community, and staff, and be able to translate and interpret the impact of those to each group.

The Community

Loudoun County, Virginia, “DC’s Technology Corridor,” is an innovative, globally competitive community known for its favorable business environment, exceptional quality of life, and strong sense of community. Located in northern Virginia, approximately 45 minutes northwest of Washington, D.C., Loudoun County is a growing and thriving community of more than 336,000 residents. Loudoun has been one of the fastest growing communities of its size for the last decade. The County’s eastern area is mainly suburban in character while its western area is more rural, including small towns, horse farms, and more than 160,000 acres of well-preserved open space. Loudoun County is also home to more than 1,400 farms, occupying a significant portion of land in the County’s western region. The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors approved a Rural Economy Business Development Strategy in 2013, a plan that aims to double the growth of the agricultural business sector by 2023. Loudoun County is also home to 35 wineries and was number one in grape production in Virginia last year.  Loudoun enjoys an active rural economy as well as engagement by citizens committed to a wide array of heritage resources. Dulles International Airport, a major facility serving nearly 30 million passengers every year, is the southern part of the county. Additionally, the Washington D.C. Metro area is currently expanding into Loudoun County with the extension of the Silver Line—scheduled for completion in 2018—which will allow residents to travel conveniently into Washington, D.C. Ranked by Forbes Magazine as the wealthiest County in the United States in 2012, Loudoun is also the second fastest growing County in the nation.

Fast Facts

  • 4,800 residential dwelling unit permits in 2013 – an increase of 29% from 2012 and the highest number since 2005
  • More than 3 million square feet of non-residential permitted in 2013, 37% of which were data centers
  • Existing home market values increased by 4.2% from 2012 to 2013
  • Commercial property values increased by 3.6% from 2012 to 2013
  • 33% increase in number of subdivision applications from 2010 to 2013 (from 195 to 258)
  • 2020 population forecast: 418,000

(source FY 2015 budget message and based on 2013 numbers)

Compensation

The salary range is $140,000 to $155,000, depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefit package.

How to Apply

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