RFP: Amtrak train station relocation in Amsterdam, New York

Through the support of the New York State Department of State, under the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP), the City of Amsterdam, working in conjunction with the Montgomery County Business Development Center (MCBDC) intends to engage appropriately qualified consulting teams to assist in the formulation of plans to relocate the Amtrak passenger station from its existing location at the periphery of the city to a more convenient and central downtown location where the building will serve a multi-modal purpose. 

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Zoning Officer, City of Schenectady

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: This position exists in the City of Schenectady and involves responsibility for the administration and enforcement of the municipal zoning ordinance and other applicable laws, statutes, ordinances, codes, rules and regulations related to the use, development and construction of land, property, and buildings within the municipality.  The incumbent investigates and answers complaints, determinations of violations, and processing of applications for zoning change.  The incumbent in this position performs field and office work in connection with the enforcement of the city's zoning ordinance. The work is performed under the direction of the Principal Planner and Assistant Planner with general supervision provided by the Director of Development with leeway allowed for exercising independent judgment in carrying out details of the work. The incumbent does related work as required.


Provide public information and explanations on requirements of the City zoning ordinance, subdivision code, and the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA);

Review building and occupancy permit applications and accompanying plans/specifications for compliance with the zoning ordinance;

Provides staff assistance necessary for efficient operation of the Board of Zoning Appeals and as directed, the Historic District Commission or the Planning Commission including:

1. Review and acceptance of applications for variances, special permits, subdivisions, site plan review and other authorizations on their behalf.

2. Prepare, arrange, and provide notice for meetings, appeals, and public hearings as required by law.

3. Prepare and file the minutes, testimony, transcripts, decisions and other records as required.  Maintain records and files.

4. Prepare maps, field inspections, reports, correspondence, and other information as may be necessary to support or assist in decisions by the Board or Commission. Coordinate staff recommendations necessary for review of major projects.

5. Coordinates Corporation Counsel legal advice as necessary to ensure proper conduct, findings, and procedure.

6. Regularly conducts site inspections to witness complaints or verify compliance with the Zoning Ordinance, sign permits, fence permits, and decisions of the Board of Zoning Appeals, Planning Commission, and Historic District Commission.

7. Transmits to the Building Inspector and applicant any requirements or safeguards made as a condition of Board or Commission approval.

8. Provides training and orientation in the City's zoning ordinance to new Board or Commission members. 

9. Provides assistance for the development of Board or Commission budgets in the preparation of the City’s Annual Budget.

Assists and advises the Building Inspector in the enforcement of the zoning ordinance;

Prepares required forms, notices and correspondence relating to his/her assignment;

Assists property owners in the preparation of appeals for review by the aforesaid boards or commissions;

Reviews plans and specifications submitted in connection with building construction and repair and issues building permits;

Investigates violations and complaints dealing with building codes, housing standards, zoning ordinance, fire prevention codes and multiple residence law;

Assists in prosecuting violators of the housing, zoning and multiple residence laws of the City of Schenectady and the State

Reports violations and works with other departments on matters of mutual interest;

May be required to act as a technical advisor to boards or commissions established under the zoning ordinance;

Ascertains compliance of new construction, alterations, and commercial tenancy changes with requirements placed on project by the Zoning Board Appeals, the Planning Commission, and the

Historic District Commission;

Assists with the initiation and completion of studies on effectiveness of the zoning ordinance;

Works with the Planning Commission, Development staff and Corporation Counsel to amend and revise zoning ordiances as necessary.

Prepares reports and official documents as required.

Performs a variety of related duties as required.


Thorough knowledge of the local zoning ordinances and related laws; good knowledge of zoning development controls including subdivision codes and State Environmental Quality Review Act; working knowledge of New York State planning and zoning statutes; working knowledge of impact and relative compatibility of land uses and development principles and practices relative to zoning; ability to understand and follow complex oral and written instructions; ability to understand and explain provisions of zoning ordinances in clear non-technical terms; ability to prepare records and reports; ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with public officials, contractors and the general public. Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.


 (A) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in planning, architecture, engineering or a related field and one year of experience in building construction, or code enforcement and zoning activities; OR

 (B) Graduation from a regionally accredited New York State registered two-year college with an Associate’s degree in one of the fields listed in (A) above and three years of experience as described in (A) above; OR

(C) An equivalent combination of experience and education as outlined in (A) or (B) above.


Must possess a valid NYS driver's license at the time of appointment and must maintain such license throughout the duration of employment.

Webcast: Implementing Resilience in Transportation: Examples and Lessons Learned

Fri, Dec 9, 2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST

Seas and subways, rivers and bridges, or dust storms and highways – transportation infrastructure faces risks in every region. Across the country, transportation officials are learning how to ensure that infrastructure, and the people, organizations, and communities that manage it, are resilient in the face of increasing stresses and shocks. Definitions of resilience can vary, but common lessons emerge regarding coordination among multiple entities, institutionalizing best practices, and planning for transportation systems with resilience in mind. Experienced professionals in transportation recovery and planning will provide resources and considerations for planners seeking to implement sustainability and resilience in transportation. Melissa Savage from the Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials will talk about guidance from the Resilient and Sustainable Transportation Systems Technical Assistance Program for state DOTs to understand and prepare for the potential effects of climate change and extreme weather events. Joe Segale will talk about improving transportation system resilience to floods at the Vermont Agency of Transportation. The presentation will describe actions that VTrans identified and implemented following Tropical Storm Irene to improve disaster response and recovery and the development of methods and tools to plan proactively to improve system resilience. John Chow (WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff) and Deron Lovaas (NRDC) will share lessons learned in transportation resilience at a local, state, and national level.

Register now at this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6481729176893381379

South Fourth Avenue Two-Block Area-Wide Corridor Plan

The City of Mount Vernon seeks to retain a qualified Individual, Firm or Corporation, (Consultant), to provide a range of consulting, planning and technical services to create a comprehensive corridor plan which includes public engagement for two blocks of South Fourth Avenue between East First Street and East Second Street in the City of Mount Vernon, New York. This plan will be incorporated into the City's long range comprehensive plan as an area-wide plan with specific goals and objectives to revitalize and reinvigorate this historic economic engine within the City's Downtown.

The Deadline is December 21, 2016 at 4pm.

For more information, please go to www.cmvny.com

AOT Planning Coordinator, Vermont Agency of Transportation

The Policy and Planning Section for the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) has an exciting opportunity in Montpelier, VT for an experienced transportation planning professional accustomed to working in a fast-paced, innovative environment. We are seeking to hire one person to serve as an AOT Planning Coordinator II.

You will work collaboratively with colleagues at VTrans, and other state, federal, regional and municipal agencies to create and evaluate policy options and prepare planning documents that address the most pressing transportation issues facing the state and inform Agency investments, activities and legislation. We are looking for an effective communicator with demonstrated technical skills in transportation planning and/or policy analysis.

Major responsibilities include preparing and managing planning projects and special studies pertaining to highway, rail, air, bicycle & pedestrian, public transportation and freight movement, as well as coordinating with State’s Regional Planning Commissions. Other responsibilities include data and policy analysis related to topics such as transportation funding, economic and demographic trends, climate change, energy, land use and development, and asset management. You will also assist in the preparation of discretionary grant applications in support of highway, rail, transit, and aviation projects. Please refer to the following link for the full job specification - http://humanresources.vermont.gov/staffing/classification/job-specifications?code=127200

Vermont State employees receive competitive wages and are eligible for periodic cost of living increases. In addition, employees receive "step increases" in wages, which are based on an employee's job performance and longevity.

The State's total compensation package for employees features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of salary, including retirement, wellness, health plans, and tuition reimbursement. For a full list of benefits, please refer to:http://humanresources.vermont.gov/salary/benefits

Occasional travel to night meetings, and conferences and training is required.

Minimum Qualifications


Master's degree AND four (4) or more years of progressively responsible experience in transportation, land use, or natural resources planning; managing a transportation program, system, or business; civil or transportation engineering; community or regional planning; or transportation logistics and goods movement, INCLUDING two (2) or more years of experience implementing comprehensive transportation studies and plans.


Bachelor's degree AND six (6) or more years as defined above INCLUDING two (2) or more years of experience implementing comprehensive transportation studies and plans.


Two years as an AOT Planning Coordinator I with the State of Vermont.

How to Apply

Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered. Please apply at http://humanresources.vermont.gov/careers. Search for AOT Planning Coordinator II. Applications will be accepted through December 7, 2016.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Costa Pappiscosta.pappis@vermont.gov or (802) 828-5790.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

Assistant Division Chief (2 Positions), Rhode Island State Division of Planning

Assistant Division Chief (Experience in Transportation Planning Preferred - Job # 2477-10000-35)

Assistant Division Chief (Economic Development/ Special Projects Coordinator – Job #2477-10000-53)

These positions play a critical role in carrying out the State Planning Council’s duties as Rhode Island’s only federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). These are management positions responsible for supervising, directing and coordinating the work of a staff engaged in strategic or transportation planning functions as they relate to planning services for agencies of the state government. Initial focal areas will include:

•            Management of the State’s Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) to ensure that it best reflects Rhode Islanders’ travel needs while enhancing its sustainability and competitiveness within the region.

•            Work with the Division Director to manage and facilitate major economic development and transportation investment projects in the state.

•            Serve as the Division’s grants coordinator and seek out external funding opportunities related to transportation, resiliency, planning and development

•    Management of the State’s first Bicycle Master Plan.

•  Drafting the State Planning Council’s Annual Work Program and budget as per the requirements of the Federal Highway and Transit Administrations.

•            Modernize the State Guide Plan and make it more relevant to various state and municipal actions and activities.

• Ensuring the State Planning Council’s compliance with the procedures required to maintain its federal designation as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the State.

•To assist the Division Director and the Division Chief in planning, supervising, directing and coordinating the work of a staff engaged in planning services.

•To design and carry out monitoring programs, and evaluate the results achieved by a plan, as well as make recommendations for modifications as required.

•To appear on behalf of the agency before agencies, boards, commissions and the public to describe the agency's role, plans or policies.

•To coordinate staff operations to insure effective assignments and utilization of professional and technical personnel, and to supervise the work of drafting, administrative and clerical personnel engaged in supporting functions.


Education: Such as may have been gained through: possession of a master's degree in planning, public or business administration, political or social science, a design profession, or a degree in law; and

Experience: Such as may have been gained through: considerable employment in a responsible supervisory capacity involving planning or policy development.

Or, any combination of education and experience that shall be substantially equivalent to the above education and experience.


Applications will be received online only, until December 9, 2016 at 11:59PM. To apply for these Principal Planner position, visit APPLY.RI.GOV

SALARY: $42.28 - $47.93 Hourly; $76,944.00 - $87,239.00 Annually


The Town of Tolland, CT, through its Planning and Development Department, is soliciting proposals from firms to review and analyze a development proposed in the Tolland Village Area. The Town is seeking a market review, a review of the developer’s financial assumptions, and an analysis of municipal fiscal impacts from the project.

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Community Development Coordinator: Jefferson County, NY

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.

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RFP: Woodhaven-Riverwalk Revitilization Strategy Masterplan & Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS)

The City of Rome is seeking a qualified full-service consultant for the development of a Master Plan and Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) for the revitalization and redevelopment of the former Woodhaven and Wright Park Manor sites in the City of Rome, New York.  The Woodhaven-Riverwalk Revitalization Strategy seeks to generate an implementation plan to realize the community’s vision for the most dynamic, sustainable and attractive mixed-use neighborhood in Upstate New York.  Through the Masterplan and GEIS process, the Project Team will establish a high standard for design and a practicable phased redevelopment strategy for the 100+ acre property.

For more information, see the Attached Document

Recreational Trails Program Grant Program Assistant, Natural Heritage Trust

The Grant Program Assistant will interpret legislation and regulations of the RTP; disseminate program information including grants criteria, eligibility, availability, and procedural requirements; coordinate and oversee the statutory review and award phase of the grant process; and supervise final payment of grant funding

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