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Principal 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. This position oversees the coordination and implementation of urban and regional plans, projects, and programming for the planning services section within the Division of Planning and to assist the section manager in leading the activities within.

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 urban planning, geography, architecture, landscape architecture, environmental science, geology, or other related field. Master's degree in public administration or urban planning is preferred.
  • Six (6) years of related experience
  • Years of related education may substitute for years of related experience
  • Years of related experience may substitute for years of education


  • Coordinates and develops plans, projects, and programming for the planning services section
    • Serves as leadership for the Board of Adjustment and short-term rentals
    • Facilitates the movement of applications through the development review process
  • Oversees compliance with federal, state, and local laws to ensure funding eligibility, as assigned
  • Represents LFUCG and the division at various internal and external Boards, Commissions, Committees, and other applicable meetings
  • Coordinates with other divisions, departments, and outside agencies to help complete projects and recommendations for the assigned section
  • Prepares and manages resolutions, ordinances, contracts, and other documents needed to optimize operations
    • Oversee all updates to the Zoning Ordinance
  • Assists the planning manager in leading the daily activities of the section to include, but not limited to, supervising, training, and evaluating the work of subordinate staff and/or consultants, scheduling, reporting, and contract administration
  • Assists, advises, and provides information to elected and appointed officials, internal and external partners, legal and design professionals, and citizens
    • Serves as the liaison between community work groups, task forces, and committees that make recommendations for Governmental action
  • Researches, analyzes, develops, and presents data and recommendations to the public, Planning Commission, and other related agencies and stakeholders
    • Leads the translation of policy recommendations into regulations and actions
  • 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 II (4-8 years)
AICP Level
Land Use and Development Regulation and Zoning
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