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Senior Planner, Planning Services

Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government

Lexington, KY United States

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URL: https://www.lexingtonky.gov/current-job-openings

The City of Lexington is currently seeking a full time Senior Planner within the planning services section of our Division of Planning. The purpose of this position is to develop, review, and implement urban and regional plans that improve quality of life in and around Fayette County through professional, technical, and analytical planning. This position serves as the primary professional planner associated with development and subdivision plan review coordinated through the Division of Planning, including significant interaction with the Urban County Planning Commission, design professionals, and the public.

Skills and strengths of an ideal candidate would include the ability to:

  • Effectively and confidently write, speak, and present descriptive and technical information
  • Work independently and collaboratively with a team
  • Build effective working relationships with professional staff in and outside the division
  • Prioritize and manage multiple work assignments and legal deadlines
  • Display a high level of independent judgement and problem-solving skills


  • Bachelor's degree in urban studies, political science, geography, architecture, landscape architecture, environmental science, public administration, public policy, urban and regional planning, or other related field
  • Four (4) years of related planning experience
  • Years of related education may substitute for years of related experience
  • Years of related experience may substitute for years of education


  • Develops, designs, and implements plans for a specified project or program
    • Reviews subdivision and development plan applications
    • Processes and evaluates waiver requests and variations from the adopted standards
  • Gathers, researches, and analyzes data to make valid conclusions and use for the decision making, planning, implementation of ordinances, and improvements to the development process
    • Interprets and understands zoning practices and zoning ordinance construction
    • Analyzes the spatial relationships between buildings, roadways, environmentally sensitive area, natural resources, and other elements of the physical environment
  • Prepares written reports and presentations that detail critical elements of plans
    • Presents recommendations at Planning Commission meetings and hearings
    • Prepares written staff reports related to land development projects, infrastructure, ordinance and Comprehensive Plan compliance
  • Formulates, reviews, updates, and/or makes recommendations for changes to policies, plans, or other relative legal documents as needed
    • Drafts and reviews zoning ordinance text amendments, land subdivision regulations, and planning policies
  • Represents the Division at meetings and events such as, but not limited to, Boards, Committees, Commissions, Council, and professional conferences
  • Manages contracts and grants and develops documents that track spending and funds
  • Facilitates and leads public and stakeholder input and education meetings
    • Leads Technical Review Committee and other internal staff meetings
  • Responds to public and private inquiries related to various projects as they arise
  • Performs related work as assigned


Please submit applications via City of Lexington - Careers by the filing deadline date of Monday, July 29. Resumes cannot be substituted for the application, but may be electronically attached/uploaded to the application. Applicants who fail to complete the electronic application in it's entirety will not be considered further.


Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government offers an outstanding benefits package. Links to our most popular benefits are below:

LFUCG is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer, and as such is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay and other aspects of employment.

Experience Level
Mid I (1-4 years)
AICP Level
Land Use and Development Regulation and Zoning
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