Principal Planner

East Bay
6/7/2019 at 5pm or until 999 applicants
$10,485.00-$13,108.00 Monthly

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


Civic Center, 100 Civic Plaza Dublin, 94568




The City of Dublin, a dynamic and diverse community, is seeking a Principal Planner. This position provides an excellent career opportunity for obtaining a broad range of experience involving management of complex Advanced and Current Planning projects.



The following duties are normal for this classification.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class.


  • Responsible for evaluating the City’s development review process, providing recommendations for improvement, and implementing adopted programs.
  • Reviews and analyzes applications for consideration by the City Council, Planning Commission, and the Community Development Director.
  • Performs complex, advanced and sensitive technical research and planning studies for the Planning Division of the Community Development Department.
  • Develops, prepares or directs the preparation of, and presents comprehensive reports, studies and development proposals.
  • Assists in the administration of the zoning, sign and parking regulations.
  • Provides direction to other professional and technical staff regarding the implementation of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
  • Participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for assigned programs; recommends and administers policies and procedures.
  • Participates in planning, directing, coordinating, and reviewing the work plan for planning staff; assigns work activities, projects, and programs; reviews and evaluates work products, methods, and procedures; meets with staff to identify and resolve problems.
  • Oversees and participates in planning, coordinating, directing, and preparing complex projects and research studies including phases of the General Plan, Zoning Ordinance, and special studies; oversees and participates in the preparation of reports and analysis regarding land use, zoning, urban design, population trends, transportation, community needs, and industrial needs.
  • Recommends the use of land for residential, commercial, industrial, and community uses; oversees and participates in the review, development, revision, and maintenance of general plan elements, plans, zoning ordinances, and other policies and procedures.
  • Oversees and participates in the review and processing of various plans and applications for subdivision and commercial developments; collects and evaluates information related to the application process and determines conformity with laws, regulations, policies, and procedures; recommends approval or alternative approaches; conducts project site checks and field inspections.
  • Reviews ministerial permits, plans, and applications for conformance with the Dublin Municipal Code and approved projects.
  • Conducts plan checks and reviews; reviews plans and provides comments to determine conformity with City laws, regulations, and policies.
  • Prepares final resolutions, ordinances, environmental notices, plan approvals, and file cleanup after project completion; monitors conditions of approval after project completion for compliance.
  • Performs a wide range of duties in support of the Planning Commission as well as the City Council and other boards and commissions; oversees and coordinates preparation of meeting agendas for various commissions, boards, and community groups including reviewing draft materials and preparing comments; organizes meetings and work sessions; prepares public hearing notices ensuring timely notification of appropriate parties; prepares and presents staff reports and other presentations for the City Council, Planning Commission, and other commissions, boards, and community groups.
  • Serves as the liaison for assigned functions and projects of the Planning Division with other divisions, departments, and outside agencies; meets with developers, engineers, architects, and other project proponents to explain City policies, design issues, and City standards relating to new project development; negotiates and resolves sensitive and controversial issues; serves as technical advisor to City staff and officials, public agencies, and members of the public.
  • Act in the absence of the Planning Manager.
  • Performs related duties as required.
  • The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class.

Ideal Candidate


  1. Education:  Equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in city or regional planning, urban planning, or a closely related field. A Master’s degree in a related field is highly desirable.
  2. Experience: Four years of progressively responsible, professional level experience in current and advanced planning which includes at least one year of supervisory experience. Local government, large-scale development and planned growth management experience is highly desirable.
  3. Licenses, Certificates: Possession of a valid California Class C drivers’ license and Certificate of Automobile Insurance for Personal Liability.

Knowledge of

  • Principles, practices, standards, information sources and trends in the fields of current and/or advance planning; local, state and federal laws applicable to planning, zoning, subdivision and environmental review.
  • Land use, physical design, demographics, environmental, social and economic concepts, including public and private financing and capital improvements.
  • Federal, state and local laws, regulations and court decisions relating to city planning, land use, zoning and the environment.


  • Application, modification, and interrelationships between ordinances, policies, standards, procedures, and practices associated with the planning function.
  • Computer technology and statistical analysis techniques related to municipal planning.
  • Local government organizations and the functions and practices of a municipal planning division.
  • General principles and practices of effective administration, budget preparation, goals and objectives development and work planning.
  • Methods and practices of community organization and citizen participation.
  • Supervisory principles and practices including training and evaluation.
  • Basic principles and practices of program development and administration.
  • Modern principles, practices, and techniques of current and advanced planning including land use, environmental policy analysis, natural resource management, municipal service deliver, physical design, landscape architecture, demographics, and economic and social concepts as applied to municipal planning.
  • Development review procedures and requirements.
  • Site planning and architectural design principles.
  • Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations including laws underlying general plans, zoning and land divisions, and applicable environmental laws and regulations.
  • Recent developments, current literature, research methods, and sources of information related to municipal planning, urban growth, and development.
  • Methods and techniques of effective technical report preparation and presentation.
  • Statistical methods and research techniques applicable to the preparation of municipal planning studies.
  • Methods and techniques of eliciting community participation in planning and development issues.
  • Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and supporting software applications.


Ability To

  • Participate in the management of a comprehensive planning functional or program area such as current and/or advanced planning activities and projects.
  • Participate in the development and administration of program area goals, objectives, and procedures.
  • Oversee, direct, and coordinate the work of lower level staff; participate in selecting, supervising, training, and evaluating assigned staff.
  • Plan, organize, direct, coordinate, and evaluate the most complex and significant current and/or advanced planning programs, projects, events, and/or technical area.
  • Review and prepare ordinances, resolutions, and other legal documents.
  • Perform a full range of complex and difficult professional analytical, programmatic and administrative duties involving the use of independent judgment and personal initiative.
  • Organize and prioritize timelines and project schedules in an effective and timely manner.
  • Analyze complex problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Understand the organization and operation of the City, assigned program, and of outside agencies as necessary to assume assigned responsibilities.
  • Apply policies, procedures and standards pertaining to the municipal planning process.
  • Interpret maps, site and building plans and specifications, graphs and statistical data.
  • Interpret, analyze, apply, implement, and explain pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations including City codes and departmental policies and administrative directives.
  • Interpret planning and zoning programs to the general public.
  • Analyze and compile statistical and technical information.
  • Develop recommendations regarding the use of property.
  • Identify and respond to community and organizational issues, concerns, and needs.
  • Process the full range of development applications and coordinate necessary communication between staff, developer, and other agencies.
  • Analyze projects and potential projects for consistency with planning regulations, general planning principles, and architectural quality.
  • Prepare and analyze technical and administrative reports, statements, and correspondence.
  • Present technical data in verbal, written, graphic, and map form to City management staff and variety of boards and commissions.
  • Represent the City effectively in meetings with commissions, community groups, governmental bodies, the media and the public.
  • Exercise sound independent judgment within established guidelines.
  • Establish and maintain various data collection, record keeping, tracking, filing, and reporting systems.
  • Work under steady pressure with frequent interruptions and a high degree of public contact by phone or in person.
  • Operate modern office equipment and computers including specialized computer applications.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


  • Classic CalPERS Members – 2.7%@55; EPMC 0%; 7% Cost Sharing; Single Highest Year
  • New CalPERS Members Tier effective 1/1/13 – 2.0%@62; 3.05 Cost Sharing; 3-Year Final Avg. Compensation
  • Pay-for-Performance system available
  • Choice of medical plans through PERS with the City contributing up to $1,780.00 per month
  • Post-retirement medical provided under Government Code Section 22892(b) as established by the Public Employees’ Medical and Hospital Care Act (PEMHCA) through CalPERS; PEMHCA Minimum.
  • City-paid full family dental insurance
  • City-paid single vision plan; optional family coverage
  • IRS Section 125 plan/$900 annual account seed money (HRA)
  • City-paid $50,000 term life insurance
  • City-paid long-term disability insurance
  • Employee Assistance Plan
  • Education reimbursement program
  • Thirteen paid holidays (including one floating holiday) per year
  • Administrative Time Off – 64 hours of administrative leave annually, with the option of being paid for up to 34 hours
  • Approximately 24 days per year of General Leave in lieu of traditional sick & vacation leave; increases with longevity

In addition to the above benefits, the City offers voluntary participation in a deferred compensation program, short-term disability program, supplemental life insurance, Dependent Care Assistance program, Commute Alternate Program, and a credit union. The City of Dublin does not participate in the Social Security system except for a mandatory Medicare.

Special Instructions

If you are interested in this outstanding opportunity, please apply online at www.CalOpps.org. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 7, 2019.  The City of Dublin does not accept applications by fax or e-mail except through www.CalOpps.org.

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