Performs professional level work in the field of current or advance planning; conducts special studies and research as assigned; prepares reports and recommendations and other related work as assigned.
This is the entry level class in the professional planning series. This class is distinguished from the Associate Planner by the performance of less complex tasks and duties assigned to positions within this series. Assignments are generally limited in scope and within the design and procedural framework established by higher level employees. However, as experience is acquired, the employee performs with increasing independence. Since this class is typically used as a continued training class, employees may have only limited work experience. Employees receive general supervision from a higher-level professional or managerial position.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED
Receives general supervision from the Planning Services Manager and Community Development Director. Exercises no direct supervision over staff
Examples of Duties
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Inspect properties to determine compliance with specific conditions of planned unit development permits, variances, and conditional use permits.
Review commercial, industrial and residential development plans for code compliance; process permit applications
Confer with and advise architects, builders, attorneys, contractors, engineers and the general public regarding City development policies and standards; respond to and resolve citizen inquiries and complaints.
Review development proposals and work with developers to reach agreement on acceptable project design; review building plans, parcel maps, and subdivision proposals for compliance with appropriate regulations; prepare reports of recommendations.
May perform zoning enforcement duties, inspections, and related field work.
Assist in the review and processing of applications of planned unit development permits, conditional use permits, rezoning, variances and other permits.
Research economic, population and land use data and trends.
Prepare initial studies and prepare or review environmental reports, including negative declarations and Environment Impact Reports.
Compile information and make recommendations on special studies and prepare planning reports.
Prepare zoning code and general plan amendment studies.
Prepare staff reports and make presentations to the Development Review Board, Planning Commission, City Council, various committees and advisory boards as directed.
Recommend needed changes in zoning regulations and related policies and procedures.
Answer questions and provide zoning regulation information to business representatives, property owners and the public.
Research and prepare technical and official reports on planning topics. Conduct special studies, surveys and projects, as assigned.
Perform related duties, as assigned.
Knowledge of and Ability to: The following generally describes the knowledge and abilities required to enter the job and/or to be learned within a defined short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.
Modern principles and practices of zoning and urban planning.
Site planning and architectural design.
Principles and practices of environmental impact assessment.
Current literature, information sources, and research techniques in the field of urban planning.
General building and engineering practices as they relate to planning review.
Laws underlying general plans, zoning and land divisions.
Applicable environmental laws and regulations.
Current case law, literature, and information sources.
Research techniques and investigation procedures in the field of planning.
ASSISTANT AND ASSOCIATE PLANNER Ability to:
Learn laws underlying general plans, zoning and land divisions.
Learn applicable environmental laws and regulations, and methods of assessment.
Analyze and compile technical and statistical information and prepare reports.
Learn computer system in relation to planning functions.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Licensure or Certification
Possession of, or ability to obtain a valid California State Driver's license.
Education and Experience
Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills and abilities would be: Experience:
One (1) year of planning experience in a public or private planning organization.
Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in planning, architecture, public administration or a related field. A Master's Degree in planning, architecture, public administration or a related field is desirable.
Tools Used, Environmental Elements & Physical Demands
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED
Personal computer, including word processing and permitting software, calculator, pencil, ruler, copy and fax machine, phone, mobile or portable. Work is performed mostly in office settings. Some outdoor work is required in the inspection of various land use developments,
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Work is performed mostly in an office setting. Some outdoor work is required. Hand to eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various pieces of office equipment. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, talk or hear, and smell, and frequently sign legal documents and/or plans. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee works in an office environment and occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.