Planner II - Current Planning

Town of Apex

Apex, NC United States

EXPECTED HIRING RANGE: $69,725.00 - 85,414.00

WORK LOCATION: Mason Street Municipal Building, 322 N. Mason St, Apex, NC 27502

SCHEDULE: Monday - Friday, 8am-5pm

POSTING CLOSING DATE: Open Until Filled. Posting may close at any time without notice.

Cover letter and Resume are required.


An employee in this class performs responsible journey level planning work in a variety of current planning efforts. Work includes tasks such as residential and commercial plans review and processing; participating in the Technical Review Committee; research and design; long range and special project coordination and assistance; and providing input into the revision of the Unified Development Ordinance. Other duties include land use planning, assisting citizens and developers with various issues, and providing staff assistance to Town Council and various advisory boards. Work involves considerable research, public contact often in sensitive or emotional issues requiring judgment, firmness, and tact.  The role also includes developing a favorable relationship between the Town and the community.  Work is supervised by Planning Manager and evaluated through conferences, review of work results obtained, and overall acceptance of the programs by Town leadership and its citizens.


  • Plans and participates in public workshops, charrettes, stakeholder interviews, and meetings to explain planning proposals, answers citizen questions concerning plans and issues; makes various presentations of staff recommendations and possible scenarios.
  • Researches, prepares, and presents planning elements necessary for decisions by management or boards regarding land use, zoning, housing, appearance, environmental impact, and hazard mitigation.
  • Serves as staff to the Town Council and Planning Board; serves as staff on an as-needed basis for ad hoc advisory committees; prepares and presents reports to Council and Board; answers questions at meetings about development plans and the potential impacts at public meetings.
  • Assists with special projects as needed, under the direction of Planning Manager.
  • Reviews assigned moderately difficult rezoning applications, SUPs, and administrative, site, and subdivision plans for compliance with Town ordinances and plans; researches and prepares recommendations for board consideration; reviews plats for compliance with approved plans and the UDO; provides testimony during quasi-judicial public hearings for SUPs.
  • Coordinates and participates in research, development, and revision of the Unified Development Ordinance and the 2045 Land Use Plan; special area planning, subdivision administration, and related functions.
  • Identifies, plans, coordinates, administers, and implements a wide range of aesthetic, urban, and design projects.
  • Assists public, developers, engineers, contractors, Town staff, and others with information, processes, technical guidance and other customer service needs.
  • Performs related duties as required.


Graduation from college or university with bachelor’s degree in urban or regional planning, geography, landscape architecture, or closely related field and moderate (1-3 years) level of professional experience in public sector planning; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Possession of or ability to obtain AICP Certification within one year.


  • Thorough knowledge of the Town's zoning, land use, and other ordinances and codes.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of community and economic development and public sector planning and assigned planning area (current, long-range, transit).
  • Considerable knowledge of governmental laws, programs, and services pertinent to the community and economic development and planning processes.
  • Considerable knowledge of GIS systems as they relate to planning needs.
  • Considerable knowledge of the environmental and socio‑economic implications of the planning process.
  • Thorough skill in the collection, analysis, and presentation of technical data and planning recommendations.
  • Creative problem-solving skills to gather relevant information to solve less-well-defined practical problems.
  • Considerable skill in conflict resolution, meeting facilitation, and public presentations.
  • Ability to plan and implement a public engagement process related to job assignment.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with community groups, federal, state, regional, Town officials, and the general public.
  • Ability to enforce codes with firmness and tact.
  • Ability to prepare comprehensive reports and studies.
  • Ability to express ideas effectively in oral and written forms.


Known as "The Peak of Good Living", the Town of Apex is a rapidly growing Wake County municipality with a current population of more than 75,000 and was ranked in 2015 as Money Magazine's Best Place to Live in America.  Our current workforce is comprised of over 540 full-time employees and over 125 part-time/seasonal staff.  Our HR Department - with the support and confidence of Town leadership - is committed to providing best-in-class HR programs for our employees, with a mission to create a culture of empowerment and accountability that maximizes individual and organizational potential. We offer a generous benefits package, and have a highly competitive compensation program.  More than that, the Town is an awesome place to work, as evidenced by the 96% job satisfaction rating received in the last employee opinion survey conducted with our employees.


Not only is the Town "The Peak of Good Living", but it's also a great place to work! We strive to "reach the peak" of being an employer of choice by providing competitive salaries and excellent benefits, including:

·         Paid medical, dental, vision, and life insurance for employees

·         5% contributions to the NC401(k) retirement plans (no matching required)

·         Participation in the Local Government Employees' Retirement System (LGERS), 6% contribution by employee

·         Traditional sick and vacation leave

·         80 hours Peak Paid Time Off per year (after completion of probation)

·         $1,200 Peak Lifestyle Benefit to pay for health and wellness activities (after completion of probation)

·         Paid parental, caregiver, and bereavement leave

·         13 paid holidays 

·         Longevity pay

·         Tuition assistance

·         Expansive wellness program, and more!


Providing a safe work environment for our employees is a top priority, therefore all new hires must successfully complete a pre-employment drug test, post-offer functional testing (if required by position), background verifications including references, criminal record and driver's license checks prior to employment. 

The Town of Apex provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, political affiliation or marital status, veteran status, or genetic information.

Experience Level
Mid I (1-4 years)
AICP Level
Land Use and Development Regulation and Zoning
Salary Range
$69,725.00 - 85,414.00

Contact Information

Dianne Khin
PO Box 250
Apex, NC
United States
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