Director of Planning and Land Use Services
Job Details
Glastonbury Town Hall - Glastonbury, CT
Full Time
$112,203.00 - $151,457.00 Salary/year


Under broad direction of the Town Manager, incumbent serves as the principal liaison or primary to the Town Plan and Zoning Commission and is responsible, either directly, or through division staff, for Environmental Planning, Public Health, Building Official and Fire Marshal functions.


  1. Administers the Plan of Conservation and Development and Building Zone Regulations.  Makes recommendations and develops goals to facilitate economic development and preserve land resources to operationalize the priorities outlined in the Glastonbury Plan of Conservation and Development.  Collects and analyzes related data.   
  2. Provides consultation on technical planning and development matters to other government agencies, boards and commissions, constituents and developers.  Serves as primary liaison to the Town Plan and Zoning Commission.  Provides support either directly or through staff, to the Inland/Wetland/Conservation Commission, Historic District Commission and Economic Development Commission.
  3. Oversees the administration of land use controls, such as, zoning, subdivision, wetlands, flood plains, aquifer regulations, and building and life safety codes. Manages land use proposals from application through final approval per special permit and planned area development and adaptive redevelopment zone.
  4. Manages staff administrative review and plans review with the Town Plan and Zoning Commission for pending projects.
  5. Makes recommendations for and drafts amendments to building zone regulations for policy review and action.
  6. Provides reports and recommendations to the Town Manager as required, requested, or appropriate to the effective management of the department. 
  7. Effectively and proactively communicates with the Town Manager and other staff throughout the organization, the general public and visitors to Town offices.
  8. Supervises the Town Planner, Environmental Planner, Fire Marshal, Health Director and Building Official.  Provides direction for staff, and directs personnel-related activities including staffing, work activities, performance management, and employee selection. 
  9. Encourages the development of staff through formal and informal training, coaching, mentorship, and positive leadership modeling; implements, supports and monitors related programs.  Establishes and ensures high, professional standards of performance levels by staff, including internal/external customer service and respectful, responsive, efficient and defective performance levels by staff throughout the department.
  10. Ensures a respectful and safe work environment for all by fostering a culture of mutual respect, accountability for ethical behavior and positive leadership, and alignment of policies, procedures and training with such values.  Ensures training on and compliance with best practices for fostering safe work practices, with attention to risk management and loss control.


  1. Performs other duties as required. 


  • Maintains confidentiality of records and information as appropriate


  • Observes safe work practices
  • Observes state traffic laws
  • Represents the Town in a professional and courteous manner at all times


  • Regularly attends and is punctual for work


  • Considerable knowledge of public administration principles and practices as applied to the community development function
  • Knowledge of public administration principles and practices as applied to the community development function
  • Considerable ability to
    • Administer policies and procedures, including planning, budget management, and make sound decisions  
    • Communicate effectively in writing, including, report development and drafting of regulations
    • Communicate effectively, orally, and establish/maintain effective working relationships
    • Effectively lead/supervise diverse work groups through supervisory personnel
  • Knowledge of state traffic laws


  • The work is generally performed in an office environment.  Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to do the work.  However, there may be some walking, standing, stooping, carrying of light items such as papers, books, or small parts, or driving an automobile.  No special physical demands are required to perform the work 


  • Bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university in planning, economics or public administration and ten (10) years of progressively responsible planning experience, including at least two (2) years as a Town Planner (or the equivalent)


  • Master’s degree from a recognized college or university in planning, economics or public administration and five (5) years of progressively responsible planning experience including at least two (2) years as a Town Planner (or the equivalent)
  • Four (4) years in a supervisory capacity


  • Valid Driver’s License
  • American Institute of Certified Planners Certification


NOTE:  The above description is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities.  It is not meant to be all inclusive of every task and responsibility.  Incumbent must be able to perform essential duties with or without reasonable accommodation.