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Software Engineering
Clarksville, TN, USA
Posted on Tuesday, November 21, 2023

The Clarksville-Montgomery County Regional Planning Commission (RPC) has an exciting opportunity for a well-rounded forward thinking Regional Planner. Located just 40 miles northwest of Nashville, Clarksville’s location and affordability are hard to beat. Clarksville was named Best Place to Live by Money Magazine in 2019, one of the Top 10 Cities Where Millennials are Moving, while also being named the best place to live on $50,000 in Tennessee.
The RPC is an independent government body responsible for land use in Clarksville and Montgomery County, Tennessee. Our team of dedicated professionals is committed to smart growth and economic development by providing services in the areas of zoning, subdivision, site plan and design review, transportation, and long-range planning. Serving one of the fastest-growing cities and counties in the state and country, the RPC is seeking a self-starting Planner with initiative and drive to help guide growth well into the next decade. This position includes a variety of work in rural, suburban, and urban areas. 
The RPC offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, and vision insurance, paid time off, flexible spending account access, and Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System package.

Example of Duties

Working under limited supervision a Planner performs professional and technical work in the areas of long-range, community, and regional planning.  
Typical Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Review of development applications from acceptance through the approval process.
  • Assist, and often lead, the development of planning studies, documents, and presentations.
  • Manage, research, design, and complete planning or policy work on regulations or plans. 
  • Help staff, elected officials, and the public be better informed on the planning process and other planning related topics.
  • Interpret federal, state and local regulations and ordinances, as well as local zoning ordinances, subdivision and floodway regulations.
  • Understand and use demographic information, GIS, and other data to make the case for policy, regulation, or ordinance changes.
  • Provide technical advice and general information to various city and county departments, agencies, boards, commissions, and private citizens relative to subdivision control, land use, census data, or any other planning-related data.
  • Attend meetings, seminars, and training sessions as needed.
Typical Qualifications

Ideal candidates will possess the following knowledge:

  • How land use planning, policy, economics, and laws affect the built environment. 
  • Be a proficient reader, writer, and researcher. 
  • How to conduct effective surveys, research, and analysis. 
  • How to independently research a variety of subjects and apply what was learned effectively. 
  • The capabilities of GIS as it relates to planning and demographics.
  • Experience in implementing or influencing infill or redevelopment development projects or policy.
  • Familiarity with topics such as Smart Growth, Suburban Retrofit, Sprawl Repair, and Form Based Codes is essential.
  • Ability to work in a modern office with modern practices, procedures, and equipment. 
  • How to tactfully deal with the public and co-workers; to exercise good judgment in evaluating situations leading to decisions; to express ideas clearly, concisely, and convincingly.
  • How to supervise the work of others.
A bachelor’s degree in City, Urban, or Regional Planning, Public Administration, Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering, or a related field with a minimum 4 years of experience in the areas of urban planning, or public policy; preferably in government or in consulting with the public sector OR a master’s degree in these fields and a minimum of 2 years of experience.
Other degree with 6 years of experience in the areas of urban planning or public policy. 
Membership(s) in the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), Urban Land Institute (ULI), and/or Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) are desired but not required.
Supplemental Information


  • Review of development applications and coordinate with engineers and surveyors, city and county departments, developers, and other staff members.  
  • Special projects as assigned, often with minimal input and requiring coordination with other staff members, the general public, and city, county, or state departments. 
  • Responsible for the presentation of materials and projects. 
  • Assist, and often lead, the development of planning studies, documents, and presentations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in written and spoken form, including preparing reports for technical or administrative purposes, as well as presenting to the public, boards, commissions, or other organizations.
  • Understand and use demographic information, GIS, and other data to make the case for policy, regulation, or ordinance changes.
  • Ability to use and communicate complex data and graphics sets and draw reasonable conclusions and recommendations.
  • Responsible for writing ordinances and resolutions, with input from fellow staff, relative to regulations and policy.
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision and/or lead small teams.
  • Professionally answers the telephone; provides information, advice, and guidance; relays messages, email, or calls to appropriate personnel; returns calls and email in a timely manner.  
  • Read and interpret legal descriptions.
  • Prepare grant documentation as opportunities arise.
  • Other duties as assigned. 
Positions in this class typically require: talking, hearing, seeing, and manual dexterity.
Light Work: Exerting up to 40 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up-to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.
Out of office work on or in proximity to urban or rural roadways or may be subjected to uneven, rough terrain at work sites at remote locations which may require using steps, ladders, unpaved pathways, etc.
 Incumbents may rarely be subjected to extreme temperatures, inadequate lighting, workspace restrictions, intense noises, and travel.
The Clarksville Montgomery County Regional Planning Commission is an equal opportunity employer.
The Clarksville Montgomery County Regional Planning Commission is a drug-free workplace.

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