Planning & Subdivision Administrator - 3318

Career Purpose

Performs professional work reviewing, facilitating, and coordinating land use planning, zoning, subdivision, building and landscaping activities for the City. Provides information regarding subdivision, zoning, and building development to developers, contractors, engineers, and citizens. Performance of inspection work outside of the office is required.


  1. Reviews applications for building permits for compliance with City of Lawton zoning code including land use, setbacks, parking, lighting and landscaping requirements, and includes site inspections before, during and after construction to ensure compliance.
  2. Reviews and provides field work and follow-up for complaints regarding potential zoning code violations.
  3. Reviews applications for amendments to the Land Use Plan, rezoning proposals, uses permitted on review, and inspects area included in applications to identify potential problems related to the existing streets, the physical features of the site, and the proposed development’s compatibility with the existing developments, and prepares analysis of requests.
  4. Prepares legal notices in accordance with State Statutes and City Code for amendments to the Land Use Plan, rezoning proposals, uses permitted on review, and amendments to Chapters 18 and 21 of the Lawton City Code.
  5. Prepares agenda item commentaries for amendments to the Land Use Plan, rezoning proposals, uses permitted on review, and Code amendments for the City Planning Commission and the City Council.
  6. Prepares ordinances for requests for rezoning and resolutions for requests to amend the Land Use Plan.
  7. Administers the review of development sketches, construction plats, record plats, and offsite improvements in accordance with the Subdivisions Regulations to include scheduling meetings with City departments, developers, consulting engineers and utility companies; coordinating review of plans; resolving conflicts; and insuring all necessary documents (easements, bonds, escrow agreements, and fees) are submitted for each development.
  8. Prepares agenda item commentaries for the City Planning Commission and the City Council on all subdivision activities.
  9. Searches City, county, state, or other source records; secures legal descriptions, dates and other data affecting property titles.
  10. Tracks expiration dates of escrow agreements and maintenance bonds for subdivision improvements.
  11. Prepares and arranges for ownership verification, liens, or other encumbrances and obtains records of existing property ownership and interests.
  12. Administers requests for closing of public ways and revocable permits to include notices required by State Statutes and City Code for closing of public ways, notification to utility companies, preparation of agenda item commentaries, ordinances, and revocable permits.
  13. Maintains files on the vacation and/or closing of streets, alleys, or other easements.
  14. Provides staff support to the Lawton Urban Renewal Authority to include preparation of agenda item commentaries, contracts, resolutions, policies, and correspondence.
  15. Prepares planning reports and supporting data including recommendations on various land use proposals.
  16. Prepares, reviews and processes in Lease-Purchase agreements for water and sewer extensions.
  17. Provides information on land use plan, zoning, regulations, plans, and related planning programs, services or regulations to architects, engineers, developers, contractors, property owners, and interested persons.
  18. Creates, maintains, and/or updates maps for citywide and departmental use as they relate to the Planning Division.
  19. Prepares a variety of correspondence, agendas, reports and updates.
  20. This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts, or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances change (e.g., emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, rush jobs, or technological developments).



  1. May assist the Director of Planning with projects and proposals.
  2. May assist with reviewing and updating the City’s land use plan.
  3. May research and prepare ordinances amending Lawton City Code as directed.
  4. May attend professional development workshops and conferences to keep abreast of trends and developments in the field of municipal planning.


To perform this job satisfactorily, the individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily.  This position requires a working knowledge of the principles and practices of municipal planning and site development.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in land-use planning, urban planning, landscape architecture or a closely related field, or ten (10) years’ experience with a municipal planning/government agency; or any equivalent combination of education and experience, additional education substituting on a year for year basis for the required experience.
  2. An ability to read legal descriptions and similar pertinent documents to zoning administration.
  3. Knowledge of zoning laws and comprehensive plans including their formation, process of adoption, and enforcement;
  4. Some knowledge of the principles and terminology of land surveying and civil engineering.
  5. Ability to develop and write detailed recommendations and development proposals.
  6. Ability to research and analyze survey or narrative materials related to development.
  7. Ability to read and interpret codes and ordinances related to subdivisions, zoning, and development.
  8. Ability to maintain detailed records.
  9. Must possess a valid Oklahoma Driver’s License before employment and maintain licensure for the duration of employment in this position.
  10. Considerable ability to safely operate a motor vehicle to attend meetings and visit properties.
  11. Skill in the operation of the following tools and equipment: Personal computer, including word processing and spreadsheet/database programs; motor vehicle; calculator; phone; copy and fax machine.
  12. Skill in operating graphics programs such as ArcView and AutoCAD a plus.
  13. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with architects, contractors, developers, owners, supervisors, employees, and the general public;
  14. Ability to work independently, under supervision and as part of a team.
  15. Ability to analyze, interpret and understand policies and procedures.
  16. Ability to perform duties with a high degree of accuracy.
  17. Effective personal interaction and communication skills, both oral and written.  Ability to communicate fluently in the English language orally and in writing with architects, contractors, developers, owners, supervisors, employees, and the general public.
  18. Ability to work in US.
  19. Proficiency to work on multiple projects simultaneously and to complete within a specified time frame.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Work is performed mostly in office settings. Some outdoor work is required in the inspection of various land use developments, transit operations, transportation projects.
  2. Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various pieces of office equipment.
  3. This position requires extended periods of sitting and working at a desk or computer.
  4. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear.
  5. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.
  6. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  7. This position requires the employee to climb stairs.
  8. Out of town travel may be required on occasion.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. The work environment may at times be stressful when striving to meet deadlines and the demands of customers.
  2. A work schedule of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. is standard.  Evenings, weekend and holiday work may be required.
  3. While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions.  The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and or humid conditions, or airborne particles.


The personal contacts are typically individuals or groups including those who may be officials of federal, state or local organizations who have significant impact on program or policy matters.  The purpose of the contacts is to present and discuss issues of a sensitive and controversial nature by influencing, motivating and persuading.  The persons contacted typically have diverse or conflicting goals and attitudes.


First Application Review:

The first application review date will commence on April 12, 2021.  All application submitted after that date will be placed in a separate folder awaiting the outcome of the initial review.  Should none of the original applicants be selected, the second set will be available for review.



The duties listed in this description are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.  

Equal Opportunity Employer

The City of Lawton affords equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability status or genetic information. Persons selected for employment into any position must pass a drug test. Some positions may require passing an alcohol test. Previous employment and any additional experience will be subject to verification prior to employment processing. A driver’s license and driving record check will be conducted if driving is a job requirement. A post offer employment medical examination may be conducted prior to job placement.

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$1,437.60 Bi-weekly
Hiring Organization
Community Services

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