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Planning & Development Services Director

Morgan County
Morgan, UT
  • Expired: April 27, 2022. Applications are no longer accepted.



Position: Planning and Development Services Director Employment: Full-time

Department: Planning and Development Services FLSA Status: Exempt

Supervisor: Morgan County Commission Employer: Morgan County

Effective Date: 04/25/22

Under direction from the County Commission, oversees the management, coordination, and policy implementation of all aspects of planning and development within the County. Is responsible for ordinance and policy development, natural resources planning, and special projects of significant complexity; serves as lead planning advisor to the Morgan County Commission; and functions as Morgan County Zoning Administrator and Morgan County Floodplain Administrator and Addressing Administrator.


  1. Coordinates work in the planning division; works as the County's Senior Planner; coordinates current and long range planning, general plans, ordinance development, and enforcement of development and zoning codes.

  1. Reviews development applications for conformity to long range plans and current County Ordinances.

  1. Coordinates activities of the Building Division and Chief Building Official.

  1. Provides staff support to elected and appointed officials with regard to planning goals and objectives; answers questions of the general public regarding planning in Morgan County; works with and provides technical assistance to neighborhood groups and associations.

  1. Develops contracts with government agencies, community leaders, land developers, contractors and builders in a timely manner or within generally accepted timelines; promotes a high level of customer service in the Department and provides good public relations.

  1. Attends evening meetings of Morgan County Planning Commission, Appeal Authority, and the County Commission as directed.

  1. Responsible for the recruitment, selection, retention, and development of department employees; provides direction, guidance, and performance management; actively manages, coaches, and provides feedback to Planning and Development Services staff; responsible for documentation of performance issues.

  1. Prepares and submits department organizational plans and programs to the County Commission and is responsible for the execution and implementation of the same.

  1. Responsible for the creation and management of the Planning and Development Services Department budget under the direction of the County Commission.

  1. Actively pursues means of streamlining the development process; responsible for analyzing new and proposed development; ensures all development applications are properly monitored and tracked to ensure timely review and completion.

  1. Implements ordinances, policies, procedures, standards, and qualifications regulating development.

  1. Works with applicants to provide complete development submittals for Planning Commission and County Commission review and provides recommendation for the same; provides detailed information to all applicants of requirements necessary in obtaining permits.

  1. Provides detailed feedback to any applicants who fail to meet the necessary requirements in obtaining a permit; i.e. what was missing or caused their application to be turned down; establish a tracking system to detail the status of each and every application.

  1. Routinely attends meetings of the County Commission and Planning Commission and presents information and participates in discussion relevant to development in the County.

  1. Participates as a leader in a management team responsible for the administrative affairs of the County in a manner consistent with adopted policies.

  1. Advises in the executive and legislative affairs of the County with respect to relevant departmental purview.

  1. Represents Morgan County at regional government meetings and provides regional coordination of planning and development efforts.

  1. Works to establish and maintain effective and positive relationships all departments in the county, appointed and elected officials of surrounding communities and seeks to develop cooperative programs which benefit the citizens of Morgan County; maintain effective and positive relationships with the development community.

  1. Must exercise initiative and sound judgment; react resourcefully under varying stressful conditions and environment.



  • High school diploma or equivalent and, graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in urban planning, geography, urban design, public administration, or a related field. Master's Degree preferred; AND

  • Sufficient education and training to demonstrate an aptitude or ability to perform the essential and other related duties; AND

  • Five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in the formulation and administration of development codes, planning policies and procedures in a rural environment; OR

  • An equivalent combination of education and experience


  1. Considerable knowledge of various planning and development codes, procedures and requirements related to review of plans and community development in compliance with all applicable laws, ordinances, and regulations; planning and development methods and procedures typical to county infrastructure.

  1. Ability to lead, guide, mentor and performance manage planning and development staff ensuring effective and smooth department operation while following all applicable employment laws.

  1. Considerable knowledge of the Building, Mechanical, Plumbing, Electrical and Energy Codes; considerable knowledge of current building construction methods, materials, tools, and equipment.

  1. Must have the ability to learn quickly in a challenging dichotomous environment of rural preservation and changing urban trends.

  1. Must be competent in providing development reviews (i.e. subdivision, conditional use, site plan, etc.); have the ability to comply with applicable county and departmental policies and safety standards.

  1. Ability to read and accurately interpret plans and specifications of any complexity, and to compare them with construction in progress; have some knowledge of environmental laws and processes pertaining to institutional controls.

  1. Ability to make a decision or solve a problem by using logic to identify key facts, explore alternatives, and propose quality solutions.

  1. Read, interpret and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies and/or procedures; abide by laws governing access to public and private records (Government Records Access and Management Act).

  1. Ability to maintain cooperative working relationships with coworkers, management, contractors, developers and public contacted during the course of work activities; communicate effectively verbally and in writing; understand and follow clear work instructions; distill relevant and useful elements from vast amounts of information.

  1. Ability to take initiative in addressing problems in day to day operations.

  1. Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive records and information.

  1. Ability to promote a positive attitude, and motivate peers to work as a team.


  • Must possess a valid Utah State Driver's License

  • Must be proficient in writing new code or revising existing code to provide for the unique needs of the County

  • Must be proficient in reviewing and/or writing development agreements

  • Must possess a clear understanding of the creation and implementation of special zoning districts tailored for resort development, mixed uses, and planned unit developments

  • Must be able to attend evening meetings

  • AICP Certification is preferred; may become certified within one year of hire

  • A background check may be required


The physical demands of this position and work environment characteristics described are representative of those that must be met or will be encountered by an employee while successfully performing the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, walk, talk or hear; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Occasionally lifts, carries, pushes, pulls, or otherwise moves objects weighing up to 30 pounds.

Work is performed mostly in office settings. Some outdoor work is required in t...

Morgan County


Morgan, UT
84050 USA



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