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Employment Opportunity: Planner (Planning) FT Position

Release Date: December 06, 2023

Notice of Job Opening

Department of Planning and Development

Planner (Planning) FT Position

The Town of Cortlandt, NY, a beautiful, thriving suburb located in northern part of Westchester County.  The Town is comprised of two villages (Buchanan and Croton-on-Hudson) and two hamlets (Montrose and Verplanck).  We are rich in history and Cortlandt is “Where Life Works”.

The Town is seeking a Planner in the Department of Planning and Development to work under the supervision of the Director of Planning and Development.  The candidate selected for this position will be responsible for preparing and conducting physical planning studies and participates in the implementation of community development projects. In addition, this individual will be the staff liaison to the Planning Board, the Zoning Board of Appeals and Conservation Advisory Council/Open Space Committee. These committees and boards meet on evening hours. The Civil Service description for this position is available upon request.  The Town of Cortlandt is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  

Description of Work (Illustrative Only):

  • Participates in the formulation of the municipality’s development and land use policies
  • Conducts physical planning studies involving land use, population, transportation, highways, traffic flow, housing, utilities, recreation areas, soil and water conservation, through field surveys and use of reference materials
  • Submits data to the Director of Planning
  • Prepares and develops sketches, site designs, and maps from field study data and reference materials
  • Reviews and makes recommendations, depending on area of responsibility, concerning proposed changes in local zoning, subdivision and related regulatory instruments, proposed construction programs, and other proposals which may affect the municipality's general development of specific public assets
  • Provides and exchanges information on physical planning, zoning, and subdivisions when requested by municipal officials and members of the public
  • Develops, updates and maintains municipal maps in a Geographic Information System for use by various departments
  • Prepares GIS reports and analysis for various engineering and planning projects, and/or municipal assessment maps
  • Uses computer applications such as spreadsheets, word processing, calendar, e-mail, database software, CAD and GIS in performing work assignments
  • May assist with the development of a municipal Master Plan and the development of municipal legislation dealing with land use, zoning, wetlands, steep slopes and conservation and environmental issues

Minimum Acceptable Training and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree in City, Urban or Regional Planning, Engineering (Civil, Environmental, Traffic, or similar), Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Geography and three (3) years of experience in municipal government where the primary function of the position was urban or regional planning, architecture, engineering.  AICP Certification through the American Institute of Certified Planner preferred.


$91,000 - $116,000 

Deadline to apply: Friday, December 22, 2023

E-mail resume and cover letter to C. Vahey at