Zoning Enforcement Officer
Administers and enforces the zoning regulations and other regulations as directed; reviews all applications, performs inspections, and investigates complaints related to the zoning regulations. Works as support staff to the Planning and Zoning Commission. Assists customers with various questions related to the Planning and Zoning Regulations, processes, and procedures.
Work under the direction of the Planning and Zoning Commission; following established policies, state statutes, and town regulations where applicable.
Assist customers with understanding of development process, which applications and permits are necessary, assistance with the technical aspects of application such as identifying wetlands, property dimensions, topography, building locations, zoning district etc.
Review, evaluate and make recommendations related to the applications of the Planning and Zoning Commission for zone changes, special permits, and site plan approvals. Serve as staff to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Receive and investigate all zoning complaints, issue cease and desist/cease and correct orders/citations as necessary, follow up to assure violations are corrected, appear in court as necessary to support enforcement or petition procedures,
Perform site inspections to assure zoning compliance is maintained; sign off on building permits and certificates of occupancy as well as issue certificates of zoning compliance
Process zoning permits, ensure applications are complete and fees are paid. Process letters of zoning compliance as requested.
Make field visits to potential development and construction site and evaluate compliance with regulations and determines if enforcement action is warranted.
Work with Planning and Zoning Commission to prepare for Commission meetings and serve as support staff.
Prepare reports and deliver presentations using computer programs as required.
Evening and weekend hours may be required.
Working knowledge of the principles and practices of land-use management, planning, zoning enforcement, inland wetlands, and erosion & sedimentation control
Working knowledge of local ordinances and regulations and State Statutes related to planning, zoning, wetlands, land-use and development
Working knowledge of the building permit process and how it relates to zoning regulations
Basis knowledge of GIS systems and other computer based mapping software and advanced knowledge of computer applications used in an office (such as Microsoft Office)
Ability to read and interpret site plans, drawings, and specifications
Ability to perform technical research and analysis in the field of planning, land-use, and development
Ability to investigate and enforce local zoning and local ordinances with firmness to tact, to analyze, interpret and explain planning/zoning regulations, ordinances, reports and studies and to take initiative in field situations without supervision
Ability to deal effectively and consistently with Town staff and officials, developers, attorneys, and the public and to resolve conflicts in an effective manner
Ability to prepare and present technical and narrative reports in oral and written form to the Town staff, elected officials, and others as required
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Strong public relations, customer service, and conflict resolution skills
High School diploma or equivalent and training in law enforcement or a related field plus years of enforcement experience, or an equivalent combination of experience. Must have a valid motor vehicle operator’s license and current certification as CT Zoning Enforcement Officer is preferred.
The employee is required to walk, sit, use hands to handle objects and drive a motor vehicle to site. Talking and hearing are required. Climbing, stooping, kneeling, bending, and walking is required. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and depth perception.
All appointments shall be made according to merit and fitness for performing the functions of the position, including factors such as the education, experience, aptitude, knowledge, character, ethics, and/or other qualifications that would determine the best candidate for the position.
Applications (cover letter and resume) must be submitted by 01/03/2022 to First Selectman.
Town of Canaan is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.