City Planner

City of Saco

Saco, ME United States

The Position  
The City of Saco, one of Maine’s fastest growing cities, seeks an exceptional planner to serve as the City Planner.  This position is an excellent opportunity to join a fantastic team to make a difference in an organization and city constantly seeking ways to provide best-in-class services to a fast-growing community.   

The City Planner reviews development projects for compliance with municipal land codes, standards, and design guidelines; answers general citizen inquiries; and acts as the primary liaison to the Planning Board. The person filling this position will assist in guiding or assisting various types of planning projects, such as comprehensive planning and implementation, transportation projects, and adding or updating zoning and ordinance amendments.  Conducts reviews of various development applications and proposals including development, subdivision, site plan review, conditional use and contract zones.   

The Community 
The City of Saco is located at the mouth of the Saco River in southern Maine along the Atlantic Ocean, less than 20 minutes south of the Greater Portland Area, and less than two hours north of Boston, Massachusetts.  Home to a growing population of 19k+ residents, a revitalized and repurposed mill district, world-class education system, a thriving economy, and many recreational opportunities, including fishing, hiking, biking, and kayaking, the City of Saco has plenty to offer residents, visitors, and businesses alike.  With easy transportation via Interstate 95, U.S. Route 1, and as a destination stop along the Amtrak Downeaster, Saco’s residents, visitors, and labor force have easy access to and from the city.  Comprised of 39 square miles, with farmland and areas of resource protection to the west, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east -- and a picturesque and historic Main Street at its center -- Saco boasts a diverse landscape that has something to offer for everyone.  

The Qualifications  
A Bachelor’s degree in community planning or a related field and three to five (3-5) years of experience in a professional planning or economic development position OR a Master’s degree in Public Policy, Planning, Business, Economics or a related field and one to two (1-2) years in a professional planning or economic development position. The ability to communicate effectively (written and verbal) and work independently on daily functions is a must, as is honesty and integrity.  AICP certification is desired. 

Please contact Denise Clavette, Director of Planning and Economic Development, at (207)282-3487 if you have any questions.  To be considered for the position, you must submit a completed employment application, letter of intent, resume, and references. To submit an application, you can use our website application at, email, or drop one off at Saco City Hall, 300 Main Street, Saco, ME 04072 using the drop box on the side of the building. The City of Saco is an equal opportunity employer. Saco offers a highly competitive salary and comprehensive benefit package.

A complete job description is available on the City of Saco’s website:

Experience Level
Mid I (1-4 years)
AICP Level
Land Use and Development Regulation and Zoning
Salary Range

Contact Information

Denise Clavette
300 Main Street
Saco, ME
United States
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