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Community Planner (Urban Design)

Monday, February 1, 2021

Job ID: 12145

Opening Date: 02/01/2021

Closing Date: 02/11/2021

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Job Summary

This position is located in the Office of Planning (OP), in the Urban Design Division (UD). The Office of Planning has the lead responsibility for land use planning in the District of Columbia. The Office of Planning provides vision, framework, and principles to guide public and private development and land use decisions. The office supports and coordinates efforts to encourage housing and neighborhood enhancement; to expand the employment base for District residents; to promote the local economy and to retain, expand and attract new businesses. The office is responsible for zoning analysis, historic preservation, neighborhood planning, urban design guidance, statistical services, and interagency coordination of economic development planning efforts and serves as the official Census State Data Center.

The Urban Design Division (UD) develops and reviews plans and projects for neighborhoods and development areas with a focus on urban design, design excellence, beautification, sustainability, and the enhancement of the District’s public spaces. UD manages the public space program and reviews streetscapes, parks and open space designs and develops plans, guidelines, and other tools to advance design quality and address safety, equity, environmental health, community image and aesthetics, and walkability. UD provides urban design guidance, public education, and Design Review, including the development of strategies and guidelines for specific areas and projects, renderings and visual depictions, as well as the review of federal and District buildings and projects, zoning cases, large tract review, landscapes, other installations, streetscape elements, public art, signage and commemorative works.

Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent will assist in preparation of research, technical, and analytical reports, including public life studies, based on data collected or fieldwork / site visits. Reports include graphs, charts, maps, diagrams, 3-D illustrations, narrative text, and graphically compelling presentations to support findings and recommendations. Develops design concepts for improvements and prepares illustrative drawings, plans and diagrams to guide policy recommendations, streetscape and design guidelines, and special projects. Proposes designs and guidelines for development that reflect the city’s history, culture, and contemporary goals and initiatives in a way that continues the urban design legacy of the District and its neighborhoods.

The incumbent will assist in Design Division review and coordination efforts with private actors and government agencies to enhance and beautify the District’s public realm within its park, environmental and transportation systems.  Participates, as needed, with community members, local businesses, and other governmental agencies to determine priorities for planning and urban design strategies. Considers feedback from community members, businesses, and District of Columbia agencies, as well as the District’s goals and priorities when identifying project strategies and goals.  Collaborates with agency and division staff to assist in formulating plans, design studies, guidelines, and the design review of new projects and development. Communicate and present major themes and design concepts effectively to diverse audiences with varying levels of skills and knowledge.

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