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Planning Director

Website City of Powell

This position provides direction, guidance, and management of the Planning Department, which provides professional and technical expertise to inform the land use decisions for public officials, residents, and the development community.

The Planning Director engages citizens to establish and realize a long-range vision for Powell’s land use and established goals to ensure sound urban planning, land use management, and related projects for the City.

Essential job functions include:

  • Manages the preparation of short- and long-range planning studies, research reports, policy documents, and comprehensive plan reviews; advises the City on planning, zoning, and development issues.
  • Negotiates with development applicants to resolve rezoning and development issues.
  • Coordinates planning and zoning functions between private developers and other Department in the plan review process.
  • Oversees the review petitions for annexation, zoning, preliminary plats, conditional use permits, variances, appeals, and exceptions to be heard by the City Council, Planning and Zoning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals.

Qualifications for this position include a master’s degree in urban planning, urban affairs, urban design, or other relevant field, extensive progressively responsible managerial experience in urban planning and community development (experience with both high-quality suburban development and walkable urban environments preferred).

The starting salary for this position is $115,000 a year (negotiable depending on experience) and includes an attractive benefits package including paying into Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, vacation/personal time/sick leave, and health insurance effective day one of employment.

To be considered for this position, please submit both an application form and a resume to: Jason Nahvi, HR Manager by email at

A complete job description and application form are available on the City’s website at


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