Zoning and Code Enforcement Official
Brighton, Michigan - Full Time

GENOA TOWNSHIP is a charter township located in the heart of Livingston County, Michigan. Lakes and wetlands, rolling hills and meadows, state parks and wildlife all abound in this beautiful community of country living.

Position Summary: This position is a mid-level professional zoning and public administration position that works under the supervision of the Planning Director. The Zoning Official will serve as code enforcement officer and residential land use expert additionally serving as staff liaison to the Zoning Board of Appeals.  The Zoning Official will serve as the primary point of contact of citizens seeking zoning related information and will perform a variety of professional, administrative, and technical functions related to administration and enforcement of Township codes and ordinances.  The position requires substantial public contact, superlative organizational skills and a high degree of accuracy.

Essential Job Functions: An employee in this position may be called upon to take forth the following duties and responsibilities including but not limited to:  

Zoning Administration:

  • Provide exceptional service to the residents and customers of the Township regarding ordinances, complaints and general information;
  • Provide information on land use applications, ordinances, plans and related planning programs, services or regulations to architects, engineers, developers, contractors, owners, community groups and interested persons;
  • Oversee the residential permit application process and review and make decisions regarding land use permit applications for compliance with established plans, ordinances, and applicable local, state or federal regulation.
  • Responsible for the coordination of residential permitting with other staff, departments and technical consultants. Supervise the organization and maintenance of permit records and databases, and other periodic reports and handouts. Coordinate among other governmental agencies to aid citizens in obtaining their permit approvals from these agencies;
  • Utilize the BSA Building Department software system for permitting, code enforcement and Zoning Board of Appeals processing;
  • Assist applicants, prepare reports and packets, provide statutory notice, serve as staff liaison, and attend meetings as representative to the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Ordinance Compliance:

  • Act as a proactive agent in the Township for improvement to the overall quality of life, by partnering with residents and business owners to seek compliance with ordinance requirements.  Responsible for receiving and acting on zoning, nuisance, and unsafe structure complaints and undertaking enforcement action including any required investigations, inspections, written notices and reports, conducting hearings;
  • Responsible for maintaining and updating concise files on each complaint and status within the BSA system;  
  • Issues citations and follow-up with court appearances as necessary;
  • Provide assistance to the Township Attorney in whatever way necessary to prosecute an enforcement action, including but not limited to: field inspections, research, providing witness testimony in Circuit Court cases, prepare requests for proposals for demolition projects, and working with contractors to get dangerous buildings demolished;
  • Perform field inspections and issue compliance certificates related to Land Use Permits and Planning Commission approval, as otherwise required.

Other related duties as assigned:

  • Responsible for Liquor License Enforcement including tracking, reporting and inspections to ensure compliance with the State of Michigan.
  • Effectively utilize ArcGIS mapping software to create and provide maps and manage database as needed;
  • Responsible for oversight and administration related to FEMA Flood Hazard Areas;
  • Gather data, compile and evaluate information and carry out special duties such as research and writing reports and plans as needed and directed by the Planning Director and Township Manager;
  • Interdepartmental and outside agency activity coordination;
  • Assist with planning and implementation of special projects and events that support achieving the Township’s master plan vision;
  • Respond to or assist with responses to Freedom of Information Act requests.

Required knowledge, skills, abilities and minimum qualifications:  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities and minimum qualifications necessary to perform the essential job duties of the position.

  • The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s Degree in planning, public administration, construction management, political science, or closely related field with 2 years of experience or any combination of education and/or training which provides the essential knowledge, skills and abilities.  Previous municipal experience is preferred. 
  • Considerable knowledge of land use principles, code enforcement procedures, zoning and site development rules, regulations and ordinances.
  • Experience in a regulatory capacity dealing with a wide variety of customers.
  • Ability to work effectively alone or as a member of a team with minimal supervision and independently schedule work load and prioritize assignments.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment, take initiative and be resourceful in dealing with the public, elected officials, community leaders, and other employees.
  • Extensive knowledge of basic office computer applications including but not limited to Word, Excel, Adobe PDF, ArcGIS, and PowerPoint.
  • Must possess excellent professional verbal and written communication skills;
  • A valid State of Michigan driver’s license.
  • Must be able to work in the United States without sponsorship.

Deadline for application is: April 12, 2024

Genoa Charter Township is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.