Permitting and Compliance Program Manager

LaBella Associates, D.P.C. is consistently ranked by its employees as one of Rochester’s Top Workplaces. We are headquartered in Rochester’s historic High Falls District with offices across New York and in Maine, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and an office in Madrid, Spain. We are a multi-disciplined architectural, engineering and planning firm dedicated to client satisfaction through teamwork, respect, and trust. LaBella Associates Planning Division seeks a Program Manager to join our Downtown Rochester office. The Planning Division at LaBella Associates provides planning, environmental, economic development and funding services to a variety of municipal, private and utility clients in addition to serving internal LaBella divisions.

Under general supervision of the Planning Division Director the ideal candidate will have experience and knowledge in permitting, environmental assessments (SEQRA and NEPA) and working with utility companies and/or large infrastructure projects. The candidate may also participate in a broad range of other planning and engineering services offered by LaBella Associates including planning and grants. Excellent writing, communication and interpersonal skills are essential for the position.


  • Assisting clients to obtain Federal, State and/or local permits and approvals required for each client’s capital projects
  • Assisting clients in complying with and documenting Federal, State and local laws, regulations and permit conditions.
  • Assisting clients with public relations and outreach
  • Assist in preparation SEQRA/NEPA documentation
  • Manage projects including scheduling, budget and client communications
  • Develop and nurture client relationships

Desired Skills:

  • Problem solving ability
  • Risk assessment skills
  • Self motivated with an eagerness to learn
  • Capacity to work on multiple projects with competing demands and deadlines
  • Highly organized including good recordkeeping and project management skills
  • Understanding of, or willingness to learn, SEQRA and NEPA regulations and review processes
  • Proficiency with ProjectWise and MS Project software
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills


  • S./B.A. degree in Environmental Science, Engineering, or Planning;
  • Proficiency with a variety of computer software including Microsoft Office, Microsoft Project, ProjectWise, online applications and mobile applications.

LaBella offers a strong benefits package including health insurance, dental insurance, professional development, paid time off, 401(k) and much more.

Please apply before 9/30/2016 at:

Executive Director, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County, NY seeks a dynamic chief executive to provide overall leadership and management for a non-formal education organization which is part of the national land grant university system. Employed by CCE Oneida, the Executive Director also works with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County to provide executive leadership and direction for this partner organization. Demonstrated success with grantsmanship, management of complex organizations and partnership with local/County/State government. Masters degree and six years of experience required. Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits. Review of applications will begin September 15, 2016. Apply at: , reference WDR-00008546. Please upload cover letter and resume with application. Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. Individuals who bring a diverse perspective and are supportive of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.

City of Utica Parks & Recreation Master Plan: Request For Proposals

The City of Utica is seeking a consultant to prepare a citywide Parks & Recreation Master Plan; the plan will ultimately provide for a trail system connecting City parks and open space areas with existing trails, Utica Harbor and the Erie Canal. In addition, special consideration should be given to the historic preservation of Utica’s Olmsted-designed parks system. This plan will identify successes and impediments in the parks system, while also identifying recommendations for park improvements, discontinuances and redevelopment. A creative public participation and community outreach will be important to the success of the planning effort; proposals must include innovative methods to elicit input from two of the largest City parks user groups: immigrants/refugees and youth. For maps and previous planning studies please visit Any questions can be directed to Chris Lawrence, Planner at

The deadline for submitting proposals is September 20, 2016.

For more information, see the Attached Document

Municipal Services Specialist: The Chazen Companies

The Chazen Companies is an employee-owned, multi-disciplinary firm regularly named by Capital District Business Review as one of the Best Places to Work. The firm has deep technical expertise in engineering, surveying, environmental, planning, and landscape architecture through our offices in Poughkeepsie, Troy, Queensbury and Syracuse, NY and Nashville, TN.  Approaching our 70th anniversary, we focus on creating effective, long-term community and business partnerships and aim to deliver world class levels of performance to our clients.

We are growing and actively looking for a Municipal Services Specialist (a newly created position) to join our team.  We are seeking an individual with expertise in state and federal funding programs including CDBG, NYS EDC, NYS EFC, US EDA and USDA who would lead the development of capital project funding strategies for our municipal clients. Responsibilities include leading funding/financing application development for our municipal clients and organizing/leading strategic outreach efforts to identify opportunities to develop new clients by providing these services.  Knowledge of the noted funding programs, a track record in securing funding/financing, as well as administering and implementing these programs is essential.  This position will fill a Project Manager/Sr. Project Manager role in our Municipal Services practice area. 

Our preferred candidate will have significant experience in project management/client management, a strong understanding of the municipal procurement/capital project development process, a sound understanding of SEQRA/NEPA and an understanding of municipal budgeting and financing.  We are looking for a professional who can communicate effectively (written and verbally), has a strong technical aptitude, and enjoys working in a collaborative environment.  The individual should understand demographic and technical analysis methods, possess strong public presentation skills and be self-directed.  Attendance at evening meetings/functions is required. 

Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree in engineering, planning, public administration/finance or related field required; Masters preferred.   Four (4) to Six (6) years’ of relevant/similar experience at a minimum and excellent technical writing skills are required.  This position will be located in our Troy or Poughkeepsie office. 

The Chazen Companies offer competitive compensation, comprehensive benefit offerings, including an ESOP, training/professional development, membership in professional associations and much more. All of our offices provide employees with a relaxed, collegial and professional working atmosphere.

The Chazen Companies is an Equal Opportunity Employer


The Cultural Heritage Plan will provide the County of Erie with a realistic, workable and implementable plan for historic and cultural resources in the county. As an element of the Erie County Comprehensive Plan, the Cultural Heritage Plan will consider the issues, problems, and opportunities associated with historic and cultural resources. It will develop goals, policies, and strategies for their appropriate use, conservation, preservation, and protection; and will include an implementation/action plan.

This purpose of this Request for Proposals (RFP) is to retain professional consulting services for the development and preparation of a Cultural Heritage Plan. The resulting plan is intended to become an element of the Erie County Comprehensive Plan.

For more information, see the Attached Document

Project Planner, Bergmann Associates Planning + Design Group

Project Planner:

Bergmann Associates Planning + Design group is now accepting resumes for a Project Planner position located in our Rochester, New York office.   The Planning + Design group of Bergmann Associates includes a mix of urban planners and landscape architects who work collaboratively on projects, taking full advantage of the unique skills and attributes of each team member.   The successful candidate will bring a passion for urban planning and design to the team. We are only interested in applicants with an entrepreneurial spirit willing to put the time and effort into establishing a long term career with Bergmann Associates.

 We are currently working on a wide range of projects including brownfield re-use planning, park master plans, regional plans, comprehensive plans, zoning and regulatory code development, design guidelines and waterfront revitalization plans.  Additionally, our award winning landscape architects work on a range of design projects including signature corridors and complete street, parks and trails, site design and college and university campuses.

Work responsibilities will include a balance between document production, meeting preparation and meeting attendance.   This position will require travel throughout New York State and attendance at evening meetings on a regular basis.

 Minimum requirements for the positions include:

  • Master’s degree in Urban or Regional Planning, or comparable experience;
  • Proficiency with ArcGIS;
  • Excellent technical and creative writing skills;
  • Ability to articulate ideas and present information to a large group;  and
  • Proficiency with all aspects of the Microsoft Office suite and InDesign.

For immediate consideration please apply here:

Bergmann Associates is committed to equal opportunity for all, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic. Bergmann Associates will make reasonable accommodations for known physical or mental limitations of otherwise qualified employees and applicants with disabilities unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business.

Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided by OFCCP here

DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF PLANNING, Orange County Government Department of Planning

Resumes are being accepted for the position of Deputy Commissioner of Planning. The Deputy assists the Commissioner in planning, organizing and directing the activities of the Planning Department. The work involves considerable contact with public officials, professionals, civic organizations and others relative to developing and administering a county planning program. This position relieves the Commissioner of considerable detail in the implementation of planning programs for the county to achieve established goals and objectives. Work is performed under general supervision of the Commissioner of Planning with considerable latitude for the exercise of independent judgment. Supervision is exercised over department personnel in the coordination of internal departmental activities. This position acts on behalf of the Commissioner of Planning during his/her absence or incapacity.

For more information see the Attached Document

TDM Project Coordinator & Outreach Specialist, Buffalo, NY

The Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council is seeking a highly motivated professional to serve as a Transportation Demand Management Project Coordinator and Outreach Specialist to support the development of the Go Buffalo Niagara Transportation Management Association (TMA) Initiative. This is a Temporary Position (12-month grant funded position), up to 40 hours per week.


Work collaboratively and creatively with existing partner organizations including the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, GO Bike Buffalo and Buffalo Niagara Partnership through effective project management and outreach.

Assist with the development, implementation and promotion of Travel Demand Management (TDM) strategies, objectives and marketing materials that provide alternative transportation options and improve mobility.

Develop and optimize relationships with other partners such as the downtown neighborhood business associations to enhance overall TMA development, membership, marketing and outreach.

Provide assistance and best-practices to businesses and organizations through consultations, communications, policy outreach other events to support multi-modal solutions for commuters and employers.

Provide bi-monthly reporting on key activities and tasks accomplished and collaborate with larger team, as necessary, to achieve TMA planning goals.

Additional information and application details can be found here.

 Deadline to apply is Friday, August 19th  at 5pm. To apply please send your resume and a cover letter to and in the subject line put “TDM POSITION”.

Clean Energy Coordinator: Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board

Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board is seeking applicants for a fulltime position as Clean Energy Coordinator to carry out tasks related to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) Clean Energy Communities program. Duties will primarily include conducting outreach and delivering technical assistance services and guidance to communities interested in pursuing clean energy planning and projects specific to the Clean Energy Communities program.

The Clean Energy Coordinator will work with the staff of Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board to integrate the NYSERDA-required activities into the agency’s ongoing planning efforts, including writing and revision of zoning laws and comprehensive plans; work with other agencies and not for profit groups whose work relates to the activities required by NYSERDA; evaluate alternative energy programs and companies interested in working within the region; plan, facilitate, and present information at public meetings; prepare a wide variety of professional documents. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required. Should be knowledgeable about clean energy, climate action planning, NYS local government operations, and NYSERDA programs. The position will require travel and include evening meetings.

For more information, see the Attached Document

New York Upstate Chapter APA 2016 Professional Awards Program

The New York Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association is seeking nominations for its 2016 Professional Awards Program.  This Program recognizes outstanding planning achievements within our Chapter and by its Professional Planners.  Awardees will be honored at the NY Upstate Chapter Conference Awards Luncheon on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 11:45am in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. Submission materials must be provided via a cloud-based link (ftp, Dropbox, etc.) with the link emailed to James Levy, AICP no later than noon on August 1, 2016.  The Professional Awards Program Committee will judge each submission solely on information contained in the submittal package.

The nomination packet containing all the information on the Awards Program can be found here. If you have questions please contact James Levy, AICP – NY Upstate APA Awards Chair at

Permitting Manager, Albany and Buffalo

The Permitting Manager will prepare and expedite documentation that is required for permits, right-of-ways, easements, and land use for building large scale infrastructure projects. This individual will own and expedite the permit application process to meet the requirements of local governments, jurisdictions, and governing agencies. The Permitting Manager will submit permits for approvals within city jurisdictions, municipalities, and counties.


Manage all aspects of the permit compliance process to secure approvals for installations, operations, and maintenance of large scale infrastructure projects in municipalities.

Serve as an expert on permitting matters related to local municipal codes and permitting processes. Proactively communicate status of existing and pending permits.

Coordinate with project managers to ensure that permit packages meet local and statewide municipality requirements.

Obtain all necessary permitting/zoning approvals from national, statewide, and local agencies.

Educate team members on government and municipality requirements to ensure compliance in securing approvals at permit and construction stages of the project. Meet project timelines.

Extensive travel may be required within the designated permitting area.


Bachelor’s Degree preferred or equivalent work experience.

Five plus years of experience expediting land use, right-of-way, easement, or utility permits.

Five plus years of experience with permitting in the utilities or right-of-way related areas.

Must have advanced knowledge of predetermined permitting location and current working relationships with municipal permitting officials. A strong knowledge base is also required in the following areas:

Architecture industry

Permit applications/documents

Working with government agencies, jurisdictions, and right-of-way

Microsoft Office suite including Excel, Project, PowerPoint, and Word

Have attended and participated in municipal hearings.

Able to read and comprehend site plans and A&E designs.

Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.

Established negotiation skills.

Must be resourceful, flexible, and maintain the ability to react and respond quickly with a focus on accuracy.

Will not relocate for this position.

Travel within 50m radius to meet JX and attend hearings on a daily basis

Experience with the permitting process as Landman, Transportation Planner, Urban Planner, City Planner or as a Government official.

Dustin Wasko, Technical Recruiter NextGen Global Resources T: 312-566-4361

Planner or Assistant Planner, The City of Peekskill

The City of Peekskill, NY, located in Westchester County, is seeking a full-time Planner or Assistant Planner for the Department of Planning and Development. Please see for the job descriptions, including duties and responsibilities.

Applicants must submit a Letter of Interest, City of Peekskill Application and Resume to the City of Peekskill Human Resources Department, 840 Main Street, Peekskill, NY 10566.  You may also submit this material via e-mail to and .  Employment Applications can be obtained from the Human Resources Office in City Hall, or on the City’s website .

 The City of Peekskill is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Director of Planning and Development, City of Dunkirk

The City of Dunkirk is seeking a Director of Planning and Development. Dunkirk is a coastal community of 12,563 residents on beautiful Chadwick Bay of Lake Erie. Dunkirk has a diversified area economy that includes tourism, an excellent state university, a regional manufacturing and retail center, and agricultural processing. The City has a total annual operating budget of $22 million; 137 full-time employees and has a bond rating of Standard & Poor’s A+.  More information about Dunkirk may be found at: For more information see the Attached Document

Help shape the 2017 National Planning Conference in New York City!

The 2017 National Planning Conference (NPC17) will be held in New York City from May 6-9, at the Javitz Convention Center. Planning for the conference is underway, and we're looking to our Chapter members to help make this conference one of the best.

Key Dates for Speakers and Organizers

June 1, 2016

Session Proposal window opens

July 29, 2016

Mobile workshop proposals due

August 25, 2016

Session; deep dive; facilitated discussion; general and student posters; Fast, Funny, or Passionate proposals due

October 13, 2016

Student Fast Funny or Passionate proposals due

May 6–9, 2017

National Planning Conference in New York City

How to submit a proposal

Tips for submitting proposals

Upcoming Webcasts

Upcoming Webcasts – all at 1 p.m. ET:

July 15 – Sustainable Communities Division – Regenerative Urbanism Rising: Next-Generation PracticeSpeakers: Scott Edmondson, AICP; Joshua Foss; and Charles Kelley, AIA

This webcast characterizes the current sustainability challenge as a necessary pivot from ad-hoc greening and net negative mitigation to net positive, regenerative urban planning across multiple scales. These new places will form a fundamental, operational part of a new ecological (sustainable) economy, which further underlines their importance. This pivot is already “in play” through innovation occurring across the planning, design, and build professions. Two practice cases will illustrate this pivot. Participants will gain the understanding and resources needed to begin exploring the potential and advance the innovation and practice of next-generation regenerative urban planning in their own cities. The first case is the innovative, turnkey, revenue-generating, integrated utility system (IUS) which is one method of implementing the Restorative City Standard (RCS). The RCS is a whole systems framework used to formulate strategies to achieve city goals that go beyond ad-hoc or net zero sustainability—that would achieve the systems performance imperatives of restorative, net positive, urban sustainability. This approach illustrates the higher value arising from a whole systems approach to engineering and urban planning. This breakthrough innovation will be described further with a study prepared for San Francisco’s Central SoMa Area Plan and EcoDistrict. The second case is that of planning and designing high-performance places across multiple scales, from the building, to the district, to the city and region. This case will illustrate a “toolkit” of old, new, and emerging concepts and practices. The presentation will illustrate how a range of the familiar components of good urbanism and the ecological city, including green infrastructure, can be integrated in an approach that creates higher economic value and placemaking quality that could not be realized otherwise, and that is cost neutral and therefore financially feasible. The toolkit will be illustrated with EcoDistrict projects in Portland (OR), the U.S., and Japan.

July 22 – County Planning Division – Regulating Electronic Message Centers Speakers: Mike Freeborg and James Carpentier

On-premise digital signs have demonstrated a proven ability to increase results for those that utilize them for commercial and community-oriented purposes. However, many communities are relatively unfamiliar with this rapidly evolving technology, and have concerns that these kinds of signs will create aesthetic, safety and enforcement problems for their communities. Nearly all stakeholders struggling with digital signs and their regulation often have the same questions, such as: >What really are these digital signs and how do they work? > How is electronic technology evolving? > Is there any way for the community-at-large to actually benefit from them? > How can we strike a balance between allowing businesses to use digital signs without creating aesthetic concerns? > How do we allow them without looking like Las Vegas, or negatively impacting community safety? > How do we regulate them in ways that are understandable and enforceable, without having to hire additional staff? 

Click on the title links to register.  You can see the current listing of all webcasts at

 CM credits can be claimed by looking up the sponsoring Chapter or Division as provider

Distance Education – these webcast recordings are approved for CM credit for viewing throughout 2016:

To locate this event for CM credit, click here or search by the provider, APA Northern New England Chapter

To locate this event for CM credit, click here or search by the provider, APA Private Practice Division

Note that the DE CM credits have a different event number than the original live webcast, so the event number in the recording will not work for DE credit.  Use these event numbers above to log your DE CM credits.

Community Development Coordinator Position Open

The Jefferson County Department of Planning is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Community Development Coordinator.  Responsibilities include providing technical assistance for County-level planning and development programs and conducting comprehensive land use planning and development activities in local communities. Minimum qualifications for the position are: Graduation from a recognized college or university with a bachelor's degree in Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Engineering, Geography, or Environmental Studies and one year's experience in municipal, community, or regional planning, or Bachelor's degree and two years of experience in municipal, community, or regional planning.

Salary: $43,025-$55,546 with excellent fringe benefits including health insurance.  Send letter of application and resume to: Jefferson County Department of Human Resources, County Office Building, 175 Arsenal Street, Watertown, NY 13601.   Deadline for applications is: July 8, 2016.  Civil Service Test is required for permanent appointment.

Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts Featured in Great Places

The APA recently published a blog post about summer festivals taking place in past Great Places designees. One of the celebrations featured was Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts in Elmwood Village, a neighborhood in Buffalo that was named a Great Neighborhood in 2007.

See the blog post here: