Zoning Technician

City of Harrisonburg

Harrisonburg, VA United States


Are you looking for a career where you can utilize your experience and knowledge related to codes enforcement while also making a direct impact in the local community? If so, consider applying for the Community Development Department's Zoning Technician!

The Zoning Technician is a full-time position with benefits and a preferred hiring range of $18.27 - $21.01 per hour (equivalent to $38,001 - $43,700 annually). Applicants who meet the qualifications of the Zoning Administrator position may be considered for that level within the department at an annual rate commensurate with applicant qualifications.

The ideal candidate for this position will thrive in a deadline intensive environment while enforcing the City's Zoning Ordinance, Sign Ordinance, and other sections of City Code in addition to providing zoning assistance to developers, the general public, and other City departments.

As the Zoning Technician, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Provide professional interpretation of and technical assistance related to the Zoning, Sign and other related ordinances of the City Code;
  • Serve as a department resource by providing recommendations to the Zoning Administrator;
  • Interpret and ensure compliance with the regulations of the Floodplain Zoning District;
  • Review engineered comprehensive site plans, building permits, sign permits and other related permits;
  • Review and approve home occupation permit requests;
  • Conduct research to prepare zoning verifications;
  • Meet with the public to conduct site visits and discuss violations, complaints, and future plans of property development;
  • Respond to inquiries from and provides correspondence to the public regarding Zoning and Sign Ordinance complaints, violations, inspections and other matters with a high level of customer service by phone, in writing and in person;
  • Investigate properties on a proactive and complaint basis for Zoning, Sign and other City Code violations.
  • Document investigation observations for possible legal action, which includes researching past and current uses of properties using a variety of resources;
  • Send written notices and summonses to property owners, tenants and businesses concerning ordinance violations;
  • Prepare for court cases related to zoning enforcement, including preparing evidence required for court hearings, appearing in court and presenting testimony, as needed;
  • Track building and sign permits, complaints, engineered comprehensive site plans, and proactive code enforcement violations on a monthly basis;
  • Edit and navigate maps and databases in ESRI ArcMap geographic information systems (GIS) software;
  • Receive applications and prepare staff reports, agendas and presentations for zoning appeal requests and zoning variance requests;
  • Serve as staff support to the Board of Zoning Appeals.
Experience Level
Entry (0-1 year)
AICP Level
Land Use and Development Regulation and Zoning
Salary Range
$18.27 - $21.01 per Hour

Contact Information

Chase Martin
409 S. Main Street
Harrisonburg, VA
United States
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