City of Ypsilanti
  • 11-Jan-2019 to 01-Feb-2019 (EST)
  • Economic Development
  • Ypsilanti, MI, USA
  • 40,000 to 45,000 DOE
  • Salary
  • Full Time



This is a professional planning position assisting in economic and community development for the city.  Under the direction of higher-ranking professional employees this classification performs a wide variety of technical, administrative and research work.  Work is performed within general professional and departmental guidelines and in line with the Redevelopment Ready Community Certification. The Preservation Planner is responsible for protecting the heritage of the City by safeguarding historic resources, integrating current land use and zoning practices, fostering civic beauty and pride and providing information and assistance to the public and developers who live and work in the City.




-           Conducts research for the department in various assigned topics such as grants, economic trends and demographics

-           Assists in the preparation and implementation of the master plan, zoning changes, citizens' petitions and related land use proposals; revises the various maps of the City; reviews topographical and site location plans

-           Collects Historic District applications, assembles agenda and minutes from Historic District Commission (HDC) meetings and provides technical staff support to the Commission.

-           Responds and resolves violations of the City Historic District Ordinance and Zoning Ordinance

-           Responds to request for assistance or information from residents, developers, or builders; prepares and disseminates correspondence to the public

-           Assists with the City's Geographic Information System (GIS) and mapping projects

-           Promotes city development programs through various promotional programs; coordinates various projects that are assigned to meet specific departmental goals and objectives

-           Prepares meeting agendas, technical and compliance requirements

-           Investigates land use and zoning violations; citizens' complaints; inspects property and facilities

-           Prepares and maintains necessary project records and reports

-           Assists in the preparation of various grant and loan programs; assists in monitoring programs for technical compliance

-           Assists in public and meeting presentations

-           Coordinates activities with appropriate departments

-           May exercise supervision over support staff, part-time or temporary employees, interns, and contractors.

-           Performs related work within the general knowledge, skills and abilities set forth




A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four-year college or university in Historic Preservation , Urban Planning or related field, or any combination of experience and training that would provide the following knowledge, skills and abilities:



-           Knowledge of the principles and practices of historic preservation  

-           Knowledge of the principles and practices of professional planning

-           Knowledge of a computer for word-processing, spreadsheets, and GIS applications

-           Ability to compile and analyze statistical and technical data and make recommendations based on the facts

-           Ability to communicate technical data to a wide variety of people in a variety of settings and formats

-           Ability to master technical compliance restrictions

-           Ability to communicate effectively in writing and in oral presentations

-           Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, subordinates, coworkers and the public


The ideal candidate would meet the requirements of 36 CFR 61 from the National Parks Service.            





The physical demands characterized here epitomize those that must be met by an employee to properly perform the integral functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


In order to properly perform the integral functions of this job, the employee is occasionally required to: stand or walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl or climb.  Frequently, the employee is required to sit.  It is crucial to the outcome of job tasks that the employee is able to: talk or hear; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms extensively.


The employee in this classification will be required to frequently lift objects of up to 10 pounds in weight.  Occasionally the employee will have to lift/move objects of up to 25 pounds in weight.  Vision requirements for this position include close vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.




Works in a climate controlled office, with a moderate noise level, but can work outside with controlled exposure to inclement weather by delaying the activity.

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