Under supervision of a Senior Planner, performs a variety of routine planning activities including technical reviews of development and land use applications and zoning matters; provides professional advice and information to others on planning, community development, zoning and environmental review; prepares staff reports for plan review and site development; assists with preparing and reviewing City Ordinances, and performs related work as required.
This is the first level of the professional planning classification series. Incumbents are expected to become familiar with and competent in a range of routine planning functions encountered by a developing City. This class of Assistant Planner is distinguished from Associate Planner in that the latter is at the journey-level, expected to function with a higher degree of independence on a range of planning assignments and has project management responsibilities.
Examples of Key Duties: (Duties are illustrative and not inclusive and may vary with individual assignment.)
- Performs technical review and monitors land use and development applications, including following up on building permits, plan checks and listing fees.
- Prepares staff reports for routine land use and development plan permits including determination of overall content and format of reports.
- Provides technical advice to other departments, the public, contractors and other professionals including explaining City ordinances, regulations, resolutions and planning and zoning policies.
- Coordinates project review with in-house departments and outside agencies ensuring that plans and applications receive appropriate approvals.
- Serves as staff liaison to Information Services including assisting in determining hardware and software for mapping needs.
- Develops graphic design for public informational brochures including researching and compiling information and determining design layouts.
- Researches, compiles and analyzes information for drafting and reviewing City ordinances.
- Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.
Education and Experience:
Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university with major coursework in city, urban or environmental planning, architecture or a field related to the area of assignment and two years of planning-related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job as listed above.
Must possess and maintain a valid California class C driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record.
Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:
Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and to use standard office equipment, including a computer, and to attend meetings at various sites within the City and away from the City and to inspect various work, building or construction sites; strength to lift and carry materials and equipment up to 25 pounds, vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone and/or radio.
Knowledge of: (at entry)
- Principles, practices and procedures related to City and regional planning and zoning administration, including applicable laws and regulations;
- Comprehensive plans and current planning and the development process;
- Computer applications related to the work, including basic GIS concepts and applications;
- Project management techniques;
- Practices of researching planning issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations, and preparing and presenting effective staff reports;
- Principles and practices of effective supervision; and
- Techniques for effectively representing the City with governmental agencies, community groups, businesses, professional and regulatory bodies and with property owners, developers, contractors and the general public.
Skill in: (at entry)
- Interpreting applicable City laws, regulations and codes;
- Conducting zoning and planning studies;
- Preparing technical reports;
- Reading blueprints and site plans;
- Using specialized software programs such as GIS and AutoCad;
- Communicating effectively with co-workers, supervisors, the general public, representatives of organizations and others sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.