Town and County Planning Director
Town of Silverton and San Juan County, Colorado
The Town of Silverton and San Juan County seek to fill the position of Town and County Planning Director. Silverton is a remote, high-alpine, resort destination nestled in the San Juan Mountains with a year-round population of fewer than seven hundred people, a substantially larger summer population, and over 200,000 tourists and visitors per year. Silverton is the only municipality in San Juan County, which consists of more than 87% public land. The Town and County share planning services equally and the selected applicant will split his or her time more or less equally between the respective governments.
· Director of Planning: Has general charge of and responsibility for the Planning Department and supervising the building official and code enforcement officials. Chief Planning Counsel for the Town Board, County Commissioners, Planning Commission, Board of Adjustment, and Historic Review Committee.
· Comprehensive Planning: Responsible for organizing, administering, and implementing an effective comprehensive planning program designed to meet the needs of the community. Works with the San Juan Regional Planning Commission to provide staff support and input on planning activities, including regulatory procedures, having a direct impact on the Town and/or its surrounding environs. Formulates land use regulations necessary for the effective implementation of adopted plans.
· Land Use Regulation: Administers land use, zoning, and hazard reduction regulations in accordance with adopted regulations. Oversees the issuance of building permits, sign permits, and encroachment permits to assure compliance with adopted land use regulations and procedures. Advises and serves as secretary to the Zoning Board of Adjustment.
· Grant and Contract Administration: Applies for and administers a variety of grant-funded projects. Releases RFPs and solicits contractors for various projects and activities. Coordinates with treasurer and administrator to ensure ongoing contract compliance.
· Other Duties and Responsibilities: Carries out a wide variety of other duties and responsibilities as assigned or necessary for the proper conduct of Town business and the proper operation of the Planning Department.
- Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, geography, public administration or related field plus four years work experience or Master’s degree in urban planning plus two years work experience.
- General computer skills and abilities, including data input and output, word processing, and spreadsheet work.
- Organizational skills and knowledge necessary to provide for the proper administration and performance of a community planning program; and to prioritize and accomplish department business.
- Ability to work efficiently, effectively, and responsibly with elected/appointed officials, employees, and the general public.
- Ability to access, transport, file, and retrieve Town records and documents as filed in the Town’s vault, filing cabinets, storage facilities, and computers.
- Ability to drive backcountry roads and be able to walk to access all properties located within San Juan County including remote sites without vehicular access above 11,000 feet in elevation.
- Master’s degree in planning or related field; AICP Certification
- Experience with a small municipal government
- Experience with grant and contract administration
- Experience managing and tracking a wide variety of projects and application simultaneously
- Experience working directly with elected and appointed officials
- Experience with both current and long-range planning
- Basic HTML and web design abilities
- Advanced computer abilities and skills including proficiency with ArcGIS 9.x
Salary commensurate with experience; targeted salary range for this position is $35,000 to $54,000.
Please submit a resume, letter of intent, salary history, three references, and one optional work sample by the close of business on February 1, 2016. Applications only accepted by email to email@example.com . Please attach a single PDF file (preferred), word or open office document with all requested information. For additional information contact Bill Gardner, Town Administrator at 970-387-5522 or William Tookey County Administrator @ 970-387-5766
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Aug. 25, 2015
Silverton Town Board and San Juan County Commissioners Pass Resolution
Seeking Partners to Secure Federal Disaster Aid to Address Leaking Mines
Quick Clean-up Wanted
SILVERTON, Colo. – The Town of Silverton Board of Trustees and the San Juan County Commission approved a joint resolution to work with their partners in the Animas River Basin and request federal funding to address the widespread long-term environmental and economic impacts from the Gold King Mine disaster, which unleashed 3 million gallons of toxic mine drainage into Cement Creek on Aug. 5.
The Board of Trustees approved the resolution last night and the County Commission gave its approval at a special meeting this morning. The resolution can be found at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/townofsilverton/atom/26841
The resolution calls for elected leaders and staff in Silverton and San Juan County to immediately begin working with partners in the Animas River Basin to secure immediate and long-term funding to address the issue of leaking mines. Some possible projects include building and operating a water treatment facility for the acid mine drainage in upper Cement Creek; remediation of the contaminated mines in the Upper Animas River Basin; supporting scientific research and the development of technology to protect the watershed; and funding for economic and environmental recovery for downstream communities, including those of the Southern Ute, Ute Mountain Ute and Navajo nations.
“We have been working together for over 20 years to try to deal with the environmental threat of the idled mines in the area, but we’ve never had the resources necessary to get the job done,” said Bill Gardner, town administrator for Silverton. “We are committed to working with our downstream partners to make sure a disaster like the Gold King spill never ever happens again.”
Mining in the area dates to the 1870s, long before environmental regulations existed. At this point, no active mining operations are under way to be held liable for the damages.
Downstream communities depend on the Animas, San Juan and Colorado rivers for domestic water supplies, agricultural uses and to support their tourist economies.
“We recognize that this is a regional problem and that it starts in our neighborhood. We are determined to work collaboratively with our downstream neighbors and federal, state and local agencies to restore the water quality in the rivers and to make sure all affected communities recover from this environmental and economic catastrophe,” said Willy Tookey, chair of the San Juan County Commission.
The trustees and commissioners hope a formal request for disaster funding can be made to Congress within several weeks.
Additional Resources and Information:
- The TOS/SJC IMT has set up a subscription email notification system (http://eepurl.com/bvMz8f) for those interested in receiving updates via email on the matter.
- San Juan Basin Health Department: www.sjbhd.org
- E.P.A: www2.epa.gov/goldkingmine
- Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment: www.Colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/animas-river-spill
- Town of Silverton: www.colorado.gov/townofsilverton
- San Juan County www.sanjuancountycolorado.us
- Silverton Area Chamber of Commerce www.silvertoncolorado.com
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