DEFINITION: Under direction and/or general supervision from higher level management of professional staff, performs a variety of professional level work in current and advance planning; and provides information and assistance to developers and the public on planning related matters. This employee may also exercise functional and technical supervision over lower level professional and technical staff. This is the entry level class in the professional planning series and is distinguished by the performance of the more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions within the series including the responsibility for assignments in the fields of current or advance planning which require the application of fundamental planning principles.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The employee must have the ability to:
Prepare agenda items and support material including resolutions and agreements for the City Council and Planning Commission, various committees and advisory boards as directed.
Review development projects and serve as liaison for the Planning Division in meetings with developers, architects, engineers, consultants, outside agencies and the general public regarding City development policies and standards.
Research, analyze and interpret social, economic, population and land use data and trends; prepare staff reports on various planning matters and elements of the general plan.
Collect information and prepare the City’s Development Activity Report; compile information and make recommendations on special studies and prepare planning reports.
Prepare request for qualifications and proposals as related to redevelopment projects; evaluate bid proposals and development requirements; review and approve development proposals and applications which comply with appropriate regulations and policies; inspect sites for project compliance.
Review and process design reviews, conditional use permits and variances; prepare staff reports; evaluate and approve business licenses and sign proposals; update building and occupancy permits.
Provide information on General Plan, Specific Plans, and Zoning information to the general public, residents, property owners and developers.
Maintain and update the General Plan and Zoning and Development Code; notify local newspapers on public hearings.
Prepare initial environmental impact studies; assist in preparing or reviewing environmental impact reports.
Maintain and update files and maps on specific development projects; prepare and update various lists related to planning and development including lists or local developers, vendors and homeowners for project areas.
Answer questions and provide information to the public; respond to written inquiries to the City as it relates to the City’s planning function.
Perform any other tasks or functions deemed necessary to the daily operations of the employer.
THE ABOVE LIST OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS IS NOT EXHAUSTIVE AND MAY BE SUPPLEMENTED AS NECESSARY BY THE EMPLOYER.
WORKING CONDITIONS: Position requires prolonged sitting, standing, walking, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, and stooping in the performance of daily activities. The position also requires grasping, repetitive hand movement and fine coordination in preparing reports using a computer keyboard. Additionally, the position requires near and far vision when preparing and reading written reports and other work related documents. Acute hearing is also required when providing phone and counter assistance.
EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING: Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. The employee must have the knowledge of principles and practices of urban planning and development; Site planning, landscape and architectural design; Current literature, information sources, and research techniques in the field of urban planning. Experience: Some professional, municipal planning experience preferred. Education: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in urban planning or a related field.
LICENSES/CERTIFICATIONS: Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Class “C” California driver’s license.