Director of Code & Planning

City of Belfast

Belfast, ME United States

The City of Belfast, a dynamic mid-coast Maine community of 7,000 with a Council form of government, seeks to hire a full-time Director of Code & Planning. The Director is responsible for the administration of the City Code and Planning Department. The Director takes the lead role in preparing land use ordinances, preparing and presenting planning studies and analyses, and managing specific projects, often with public groups, City Committees and other City Departments. The Director performs administrative and technical work in implementing the City’s zoning and land use ordinances and regulations, and works closely with applicants, the public, the Planning Board, the Intown Design Review Committee, other City Committees, the Planner, the Code Enforcement Officer and staff in other City Departments.     


The Director reports to the City Manager. The Director is a salaried employee and is subject to requirements of the City of Belfast Personnel Code.   This position involves attendance at evening meetings; typically, 1 or 2 times per week, but on occasion more frequently.


Education and Experience: A bachelor's degree in urban planning, architecture, public policy, or related area of study; master's degree preferred.  Five or more years of progressive experience working for a local, state or federal government agency preferred, particularly in a position that involved the review of development permits, application of regulations and/or project management. Experience with a consulting firm or private business that worked with government programs may be considered as a substitute. 


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of the principles and practices of planning, particularly as it relates to a small community like Belfast that is both urban and rural in nature.

Knowledge of a relevant specialization such as but not limited to transportation, land use, or affordable housing is desired.


A complete Job Description for the Director of Code & Planning can be found on the City website at


Please submit Cover Letter, Resume, and References to:

City Manager at City of Belfast, 131 Church Street, Belfast, Maine 04915.


Applications will be accepted until June 30, 2020.

The City of Belfast is an equal opportunity employer.

Experience Level
Mid II (4-8 years)
AICP Level
Land Use and Development Regulation and Zoning
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