Zoning Official


Job Title:  Zoning Official
Part Time Position: 20 hours per week with single benefits
Reports To:  Town Manager
Salary:  Commensurate with experience

The job of the Zoning Enforcement Officer is specialized technical work in the enforcement of zoning and other land use codes.

Work involves providing zoning information, conducting field inspections for code compliance, issuing citations, referring to zoning maps and plats, researching property legal information and testifying at hearings relating to violations or citations. 

Answers inquiries from architects, attorneys, real estate personnel, building contractors and the general public regarding land usage, zoning codes and related ordinances.

Reviews and approves or disapproves all Zoning Use Permits.

Performs zoning permit inspections, based on approved plans, to ensure compliance with zoning codes and regulations.

Performs land use and zoning inspections, as necessary, under the respective municipal  zoning codes.

Researches and reviews legal descriptions, plat restrictions and property ownership information.

Conducts field investigations to determine compliance of properties with the codes and issues notices of violation or citations for non-compliance.

Testifies at hearings regarding notices of violation or citations issued to code violators.

Maintain official record of all business and activities, including complaints of violation(s) along with photographs of the violation and the action taken.

Issue permits for special exception uses, conditional uses and/or variances only after applications for such uses and/or buildings have been approved in writing by the Zoning Hearing Board, the case of special exceptions and/or variances, or the elected  body of the municipality, in the case of conditional uses.

Performs related work as required.

Knowledge of the legal, administrative, and procedural regulations applicable to the section assigned.

Knowledge of office practices and procedures.

Knowledge of  land measurement and legal descriptions.

Ability to maintain regulatory records and to prepare and submit reports.

Ability to meet the public and explain zoning and land use codes concisely, tactfully and impartially.

Ability to read and interpret site plans and specifications relating to land use, landscaping and zoning code provisions. Ability to recognize deviations from code requirements and from established policies and procedures.

Ability to maintain composure under stress.

Ability to read, analyze and interpret blueprints, maps, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.

Ability to write reports and business correspondence.

Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Associate's Degree or equivalent from a two-year college or technical school in land use  planning, architecture or related field plus a minimum of three (3) years' experience.

General knowledge of drafting techniques including the use of GIS software and a working knowledge of standard surveying practice and note taking, a plus.

Knowledge of, or experience in, field inspection of construction techniques and materials, a plus.

The salary will be based upon qualifications and experience.  To receive consideration for this position, submit a cover letter of interest, resume and at least three professional references.  Send information to Maryanne Crawford, CPA, Town Manager, P.O. Box 220, Block Island, RI 02807 no later than May 17, 2021.  Position opens until filled.  EOE.

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