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Principal Planner - Urban Design, City of Columbia

Position Category: Planning, GIS

Position Hours:
Full time, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, with some work on evenings and weekends

Job Duties:
  • Meets and coordinates design projects with architects, developers, property owners and others; interprets design ordinances and design review guidelines and procedures. Contributes to urban design expertise at all levels; provides education and assistance to other disciplines within the City and community, and acts as a spokesperson to the importance of quality urban space.
  • Plans and implements the designation of new design districts based on complex architectural survey information, citizen input, and political considerations; prepares associated architectural and urban design guidelines. Researches, gathers, interprets and prepares data for planning studies, reports and recommendations; prepares a variety of studies, briefs and reports for decision-making and presentation purposes.
  • Works to fulfill our Mayor’s mission to create in Columbia the most talented, educated and entrepreneurial city in America.

  • Master’s degree in urban or regional planning, architecture, landscape architecture or closely related field.
  • Five years of relevant prior experience.
  • Required to type 30 corrected wpm. American Institute of Certified Planners preferred. Valid South Carolina Class “D” Driver’s License.

Pay Info:
$60,048 annually

How to apply:
Please visit website to review the full job description and to apply.


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