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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.

Class Characteristics:

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.


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