🔗Senior Preservation Planner
Website City of Albany
The City of Albany, located on the banks of the Hudson River in the heart of the Capital District, is proud to be New York State's Capital City. Albany is a beautiful destination, offering valuable resources for higher education and sustainable living, vibrant and active urban centers, and desirable neighborhoods. The City's deep-rooted history and heritage have shaped the City's urban footprint, complimenting its natural setting along the waterfront and its reflection of historic architecture, major institutions, mixed neighborhoods, and diversity of residents.
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THIS CLASS:
This is a specialized professional planning position with primary work assignments focused on the area of historic preservation and design review. In addition to these responsibilities, the incumbent is responsible for specific phases of moderately difficult planning projects and duties in the field of municipal or community planning. In a
a smaller unit, the Senior Planner would be assigned planning projects calling for individual leadership to a greater extent than would be the case in larger planning units. Staff, consultant, and intern supervision is also involved. The Senior Planner differs from Planner by the increased responsibility for specific elements of major studies, managing the development approval process for historic districts, including staff supervision, or individual responsibility for projects of a lesser nature. The Senior Planner works under the general direction of the Director of Planning.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES: (Illustrative Only)
• Assists in the administration of the work plan for the City’s historic preservation program, including regulatory, planning, educational, and training functions;
• Provides technical assistance and administrative support to the Historic Resource Commission (HRC) and Planning Board including designation and staff review as set forth in Section 375-206(1): Historic Resources-Overlay of the City of Albany’s Unified Sustainable Development Ordinance as well as other applicable sections of local, state and federal standards;
• Reviews and evaluates plans and projects requiring a Certificate of Appropriateness or General Building Permit for compliance using the local historic preservation, building, and streetscape design review standards;
• Prepares written opinions and decisions;
• Interprets policies and develops operating guidance related to laws, regulations, executive orders, and other technical materials;
• Provides advice and technical assistance to owners of historic and architecturally significant properties and their representatives including architects, engineers, contractors, and attorneys about appropriate historic restoration and renovation techniques and methods;
• Provides technical assistance to the Department of Planning and Development, Albany Community Development Agency, Capitalize Albany and other City departments with require state and federal project reviews, state and local environmental reviews, and the treatment of historic and architecturally significant City facilities;
• Acts as a representative at meetings with officials and involved agencies on design and
implementation of the City’s historic preservation program and projects;
• Creates and submits reports and audits to the State Historic Preservation Office as part of the Certified Local Government program;
• Reviews architectural project drawings and building permits and recommend improvements that align with section 375-407: Building and Streetscape Design of the Unified Sustainable Development Ordinance;
• Plans and conducts field studies and surveys as identified in the city’s 2019 Historic Preservation Plan;
• Identifies and prepares applications, and administers grants related to historic preservation; and
• Performs miscellaneous office work and maintains records of work activities as required.