Planner, Senior (Plan Review Coordinator-Temporary FT)
CenterCenter for Livable Communities
GroupCommunity Development
Salary Range$27.00-$46.00


The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is the regional planning and intergovernmental coordination agency that focuses on issues critical to the region’s success, including growth and development, transportation, water resources, services for older adults and workforce solutions. ARC is dedicated to unifying the region’s collective resources to prepare the metropolitan area for a prosperous future. This is done through professional planning initiatives, the provision of objective information and the involvement of the community in collaborative partnerships.

The ARC Community Development Group is seeking full-time, temporary technical and administrative support, serving as the day-to-day coordinator for intergovernmental/interagency and local government reviews. These include Developments of Regional Impact (DRI) Reviews, Area Plan Reviews (APR), state-required local comprehensive plan reviews, capital improvement elements reviews, and Metro River Protection Act (MRPA) Reviews.

The ideal candidate for this position will possess knowledge of Georgia, metro Atlanta communities, and local and regional planning agencies and procedures, experience in land use planning and development permitting; and experience in managing multiple projects with strong customer service. Some experience with GIS, PowerPoint, and Excel is required. To be successful, candidates should have solid time management skills and the ability to work independently, while possessing a desire to learn, overcome challenges and solve problems.


  • Open and close regional reviews using ARC’s Plan Review database and related systems, and uploading documents to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and ARC’s website;
  • Circulate review information to potentially impacted parties such as local, regional, and state agency staff;
  • Serve as the point of contact for DRI and local comprehensive plan reviews and inquiry about process and procedure, and in consultation with Community Development Group Leadership, determine DRI eligibility and respond to technical questions regarding comprehensive plan reviews;
  • Schedule, prepare materials for, attending, and coordinating follow-up for, DRI pre-review meetings and Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) staff recommendation meetings;
  • Map DRI projects within ARC’s GIS environment;
  • Perform other duties as assigned to support agency goals and objectives.


  • Knowledge of ESRI ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap or Pro);
  •  Knowledge of the Georgia Planning Act;
  • Ability and willingness to assess and learn an array of tools as needed;
  • Ability to establish priorities and organize work;
  • Ability to multi-task with attention to detail;
  • Ability to work independently with general instructions;
  • Ability to distill information from, and manage dialogues between, multiple internal and external stakeholder groups;
  • Possess strong analytical and technical skills and work independently with general instructions;
  • Possess strong organizational skills and attention to detail, excellent written and verbal communication;
  • Proficient in using ArcGIS, Zoom, and Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, Teams and PowerPoint).


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Two years of professional planning experience

An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above, unless otherwise subject to any other requirements set forth in law or regulation.


  • Experience using Geographical Information System software
  • Completion of one semester of graduate work in Geography, Planning, or related area of study


In addition to the detailed examples of responsibilities and abilities contained herein, all employees of the Atlanta Regional Commission are expected to model behavior consistent with the guiding principles outlined in our Evolution Strategy. Specifically, incumbents are responsible for demonstrating work habits that are:  

  1. Interdisciplinary by promoting professional and interpersonal connections and integration across functional disciplines.
  2. Holistic by seeking expertise within the team, Group, or Agency to produce his/her work output, and demonstrating a strong understanding of and support for interrelationships between their work and the work of others in the team, Group, or Agency.
  3. Actionable by continuously striving to improve his/her capabilities to produce sustainable outcomes and displaying a strong need for achievement and a high energy level to attain goals.
  4. Outcome Based by taking the initiative to meet goals and expectations, and consistently striving to produce tangible results with significant visible impact.
  5. Targeted toward Ensuring Colleagues' Success by willingly and deliberately providing his/her expertise to others in an effort to build and sustain effective internal and external working relationships, and by modeling behaviors that consistently demonstrate concern for colleagues' success, needs, respect, trust and integrity.