The Planner I position is an entry level planning position involving the provisions of technical assistance to the planning division for current planning activities. This positions handles day-to-day functions of building permit review, entry level case management, preparation of graphic illustrations, maps and photographic materials, conducting research as needed, and Planner-of-the-Day duties to support the implementation and maintenance of the Comprehensive Plan and Land Development code. Provides staff support to the Director of Community Development, Planning Manager, Board of Adjustment, Planning Commission, and City Council.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
• Researches, coordinates, and manages land use cases for a variety of common development applications, including cases for the Board of Adjustment and Planning Commission and City Council. Presents cases or amendments and answers questions at Board of Adjustment, Planning Commission and City Council study sessions and attends City Council meetings.
• Provides information and assistance to the general public and applicants and provides a professional source of information concerning planning requirements and issues through planner-of-the-day duties
• Assists with or coordinates Pre-Application meetings
• Performs periodic on-site inspections as a function of case management
• Reviews building permit, temporary use permit, and special event permit applications for conformance with approved development plans, and the Land Development Code.
• Maintains confidentiality of development projects when necessary
• Produces and maintains all applicable materials and handouts (Facts-to-Know) for distribution to the general public and developers regarding various Planning requirements and ordinances
• Helps to coordinate Neighborhood meetings on relevant Land Use applications
• Researches, writes and coordinates responses in preparing special projects as assigned
• Maintains inventories of maps, plats, art supplies, and the Division library
• All employees must model and demonstrate the City Values at all times during the course of employment; to include: Integrity, Collaboration, Innovation, Respect and Excellence.
Performs other duties as assigned
Master’s degree in Planning, Urban Design or related field from an accredited college or university, or Bachelor’s degree in Planning, Urban Design or related field from an accredited college or university with at least one year of planning experience. An equivalent combination of training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be considered. Must possess a valid driver’s license.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Basic knowledge of zoning and subdivision standards and other principles of land use regulation
• Basic knowledge of the professional language and terminology used in urban planning
• Strong research and analysis skills for understanding and applying industry standards and changes to local issues
• Strong interpersonal and conflict resolution skills
• Good technical, graphic, mathematical, computer, general office and organizational skills
• Skill in public speaking to make presentations at public hearings and neighborhood meetings to convey and exchange information
• Ability to negotiate solutions among groups with diverse and conflicting needs
• Ability to focus attention to details when reviewing and preparing maps, reports, and records
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, consultants, contractors, developers, City employees, and the general public.
• Ability to coordinate multiple projects and tasks
Equipment Used, Work Environment and Physical Activities
• Driving: May need, or have ability, to drive a city or personal vehicle in the normal course of business
• Office Equipment: Daily use of computer, keyboard, copier, scanner, printer, calculator, phone (desk and cell). Daily use of software programs including planning and design software, GIS software, and Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook, Word, Excel.
• Other Equipment: Large format printers and copiers
• Physical Activities: Sits for long periods of time; light physical activity that may include walking, standing, stooping, bending, reaching, lifting and carrying. Requires continuous and repetitive arm-hand-eye movement
• Lifting: Ability to lift, carry, and exert up to 25 pounds
• Vision and Hearing: Must have visual acuity to see and read paper and electronic documents. Must be able to answer telephones, communicate conversation and respond to verbal inquires
• Exposure to Environmental Conditions: Position generally works in an office setting with overhead lighting and long periods of screen time. May be exposed to extreme heat, cold, dry, wet, odors, smoke, loud noises, vibrations, dust or intense light.
• Schedule: Position generally scheduled Monday – Friday; occasionally weekend work. Will require attendance at evening meetings, council sessions or after-hour events. May require attendance at off-site meetings.
• Additional Working conditions: May be required to visit external, non-city work sites with the City having limited control over the work environment.
NOTE: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications. Employees are accountable for all duties associated with this position.