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General Description
This is a professional planning position, with responsibilities related to a general or specialized segment of the agency’s work program. Research, analysis, plan/report preparation, and work with boards, committees, and the public are typical duties, with the expectation that the employee may be required to work on several projects simultaneously. The employee works with some independence under direction of the Division Manager, and work is reviewed through staff and public presentations, reports, and observations.

Essential Functions

  • Provides customer service to internal and external customers and colleagues.
  • Reviews or assists in the preparation of plans related to one or more specialty areas,
    such as urban design, environmental planning, historic preservation, land use, housing, community services and facilities, transportation planning, or zoning and subdivision review.
  • Meets with engineers, surveyors, developers, property owners, or other constituents or groups, as may be required.
  • Prepares and presents staff recommendations and monthly and quarterly reports, as
    may be required.
  • Performs research, collects and synthesizes data.
  • Communicates with professionals, stakeholders, and the public on topics such as plans, reports, zoning ordinances, design standards, and best practices.
  • Performs staff work for committees, conducts meetings, attends professional meetings, responds to public inquiries, assists city and county officials, and shares information with other organizations.
  • Prepares codes and ordinances and determines compliance with regulations and
  • Performs specialized work to ensure conformity by land developers and applicants with adopted plans and regulations.
  • Prepares information for public notices and agendas.
  • Plans, organizes, schedules, and participates in meetings with other departments,
    agencies, and the public to review and discuss work in progress.
  • Attends evening and weekend meetings, as necessary.
  • Performs other related duties, as may be assigned.


  • Knowledge and skills in one or more specialized fields, such as urban design,
    environmental planning, historic preservation, land use, housing, community services and facilities, transportation planning, or zoning and subdivision review.
  • Basic knowledge of principles and practices of planning and zoning, land use regulation and control, and/or transportation planning, and associated legal requirements, as may be required for the area of specialty.
  • Knowledge of computers and software for document creation, spreadsheets, databases, mapping, and graphics.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of public administration in the local government setting, and of intergovernmental relations.
  • Basic knowledge of street layout and utility requirements as related to land subdivision and development.
  • Knowledge of state enabling legislation, zoning ordinances, environmental regulations, local ordinances, and other information as required by the position.
  • Ability to read and comprehend maps and plans.
  • Ability to present data visually with maps and illustrations.
  • Ability to conduct independent investigations, analyses, and research, and can effectively prepare and present reports verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to analyze and systematically compile technical and statistical information and apply such knowledge to practical situations.
  • Ability to effectively explain technical problems and regulations to staff and others outside the agency.
  • Ability to manage projects to successful completion and within tight deadlines.
  • Ability to establish effective and cooperative working relationships using tact, good judgment, resourcefulness, and confidentiality when working with city and county personnel, community members, media, colleagues, customers, consultants, and the public.
  • Ability to provide outstanding customer service.

Physical Requirements

Must be able to operate a variety of office machines and equipment, such as personal
computers, keyboards, printers, scanners, photocopiers, cameras, telephones, fax machines, calculators, rulers/scales, utility knives, and paper cutters. Must be able to work, move, or carry objects or materials. Must be able to lift and/or carry weight of 20 to 40 pounds. May be required to exert up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and walk over rough terrain for field work. Must be able to walk, stand, or sit for prolonged periods of time. Physical demands for the majority of work performed are at levels of those for light work.

Mental Requirements
The position uses logic and/or scientific thinking to define problems, collect information,
establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; uses knowledge, ability, and skills to organize and perform work assignments; and uses judgment for non-standard tasks, with guidance as needed.

Minimum Requirements

  • Master’s degree in urban planning or related field with one year of experience, or
    bachelor’s degree with four years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in urban planning.
  • Membership in American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

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