Director of Planning and Land Use Management/Town Planner

Organization: Town of Wilton, Connecticut
Website: http://www.wiltonct.org

Posted: November 12, 2019 | Closing: December 31, 2019


Job Description

The Town of Wilton, CT is seeking applicants for the position of Director of Planning and Land Use Management. The position reports directly to the First Selectwoman.

Interested candidates should email a resume, cover letter and completed application to jacqueline.rochester@wiltonct.org with a cc to lynne.vanderslice@wiltonct.org. The following is a summary description of duties. A detailed position description can be found under employment opportunities on the town website.

The position will remain open until a qualified candidate is found. EOE.

Summary Description of Duties

This is a division head level position that manages, coordinates and represents the Town’s land use agencies, including all functions and employees of the Planning and Zoning, Environmental Affairs, Building, and Health Departments. The Director serves as the community’s land use spokesperson and the liaison between the Town and various interest groups, including Town agencies, neighboring municipalities, regional agencies, state and federal agencies as well as the general public.

The Director serves as the Town Planner as his or her primary duty. Responsibilities include administering all statutory and regulatory functions of the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals, including a separate Village District/Architectural Review board; performing land-use regulation and map drafting, planning and studies, including updates to the 2019 Plan of Conservation and Development, administering, reviewing and advising Town boards on all land-use applications; providing assistance and information to the general public on land-use matters; advising on improving Town land-use application, hearing and decision-making processes; supervising, coordinating and reviewing the work of subordinates; preparing annual department budgets; and performing related duties as assigned or required.

About the Town of Wilton

The Town of Wilton, with a population of 18,500, is well known for its success in balancing the needs of its vibrant business community with those of its idyllic residential community.  Wilton is centrally located in Fairfield County, within easy rail and road commuting distance to the New York City/Connecticut metro area from its two train stations and quick access to the Merritt Parkway (Route 15) and I-95.

Through careful planning and community engagement, Wilton respects its deep historical roots and embraces its natural splendor and open spaces, while still encouraging responsible development in its quaint village centers and robust commercial corridor along Danbury Road (Route 7), which includes several Class A suburban office parks, world-class manufacturing parks, multifamily housing developments, and local and regional retail sites. Wilton’s businesses have long been key source of employment and commerce for the region – Wilton works.

Wilton is similarly a regional leader in town education, fiscal management, renewable energy sourcing, shared municipal services, and environmental initiatives. Wilton was early to recognize the value of affordability within its zoning regulations, allowing the Town in 2015 to receive a 4-year moratorium on appeals taken under the Affordable Housing Land Use Appeals Procedure.

To address recent increases in development activity and interest, the Planning and Zoning Commission accelerated and completed a new Plan of Conservation and Development in October, 2019.  The Plan is the result of a robust, participatory and forward-thinking process. It presents a roadmap for Wilton to build on its solid economic foundation, embrace its historical and natural assets and grow and transform into a thriving 21st-century community.


How to Apply

Interested candidates should email a resume, cover letter and completed application to jacqueline.rochester@wiltonct.org with a cc to lynne.vanderslice@wiltonct.org. The following is a summary description of duties. A detailed position description can be found under employment opportunities on the town website at wiltonct.org



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