San Dimas

Associate Planner

Development Services Department
Los Angeles Area
3/30/2018 at 5pm
$5,881.00-$7,148.00 Monthly


245 E. Bonita Ave. San Dimas, 91773



Under general supervision, performs varied and responsible professional planning work; administers and performs work on relatively difficult current and advance planning projects; and performs related duties as assigned.



  1. Coordinates the preparation of meeting agendas for various commissions, boards and community groups; reviews draft materials and prepares comments; organizes conferences and work sessions and ensures timely notification of appropriate parties.
  2. Prepares and edits a variety of written communications, including analytical reports, commentaries, correspondence and drafts of revisions to local ordinances, planning policies and procedures.
  3. Assigns and routes plan checks, and structural, grading and landscape plans to staff; reviews plan checks for conformity and maintains monthly log of plan checks processed by the department.
  4. Plans, organizes and conducts research studies and prepares reports and recommendations regarding land use, zoning, urban design, population trends, transportation, housing and environmental needs; maintains, updates and analyzes demographic and other data required for the planning function; participates in the review, development or revision of the various elements of the General Plan, environmental impact reports, plans, ordinances and other policies and procedures.
  5. Provides information and assistance to developers, property owners and the public regarding laws, policies, regulations, standards and procedures with respect to the submission of plans, processing of applications and implementation requirements; reviews, investigates and processes various plans and applications for subdivision, housing, commercial and industrial developments, variances, use permits and business licenses; determines conformity with laws, policies, regulations and procedures; recommends approval or identifies problems and assesses alternatives.
  6. Makes presentations or prepares material for presentation to the City Council, boards, commissions and community groups; answers questions and provides information and assistance to the public in person, on the telephone and in writing.
  7. Coordinates, reviews and administers contracts for planning and environmental consulting services.
  8. Prepares maps, graphs, charts and other visual aids to illustrate planning studies.
  9. Uses computers and software programs for various technical planning projects and studies.
  10. May instruct others in explaining work procedures and supporting other staff on a project basis.



The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; talk or hear, both in person and by telephone; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate standard office equipment; and reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus.


Mental Demands

While performing the duties of this class, the incumbent is regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data, information and documents; analyze and solve complex problems; use math and mathematical reasoning; perform highly detailed work under changing, intensive deadlines, on multiple concurrent tasks; work with constant interruptions; and interact with officials and the public.



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee works under typical office conditions; the noise level is usually quiet.



Interested persons who feel they meet the desirable qualifications should submit a completed City application. Not every applicant is interviewed. Selected qualified applicants will be invited to appear before an oral interview board. Application appraisal, oral interview(s) and written test shall constitute 100% of the selection process.



The City of San Dimas advises the public, employees and job applicants that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical handicap, medical condition, marital status, sex, age or any non-merit based factor in admission to, treatment of or employment in its programs and activities.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), The City of San Dimas will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the employer. EOE (Equal Opportunity Employer)



The City of San Dimas is located midway (about 27 miles) between Los Angeles and San Bernardino, at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. Superior access to freeways offers a centralized location from which to enjoy southern California’s many excellent cultural and recreational activities.

San Dimas was incorporated in 1960 with a Council-Manager form of government. Its citizens receive a full range of services through the combined efforts of the City’s five departments (City Manager’s Office, Administrative Services, Parks & Recreation, Public Works and Community Development) and the contract services of Los Angeles County.

Ideal Candidate



Knowledge of:

Objectives, principles, procedures, standards, practices and information sources of urban planning; implementation of zoning and other municipal ordinances; methods used in developing information for General Plan modifications; application of land use, physical design, economic, environmental, architecture and/or social concepts to the planning process; applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations, including the Subdivision Map Act, the California Environmental Quality Act and the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act; community trends and market analyses techniques; math concepts, including statistical analysis techniques and formulae relevant to the planning process; terminology, symbols, methods, techniques and instruments used in planning and map drafting; local government organization and the functions and practices of a municipal planning unit.


Ability to:

Understand and apply aspects of federal, state and local laws, regulations, policies, procedures and standards pertaining to the planning process; interpret maps, site and building plans and specifications, graphs and statistical data; research, analyze and summarize planning data; operate computer terminal and word processing, spreadsheet and use planning software applications; prepare clear visual displays, such as maps, graphs and illustrations; present ideas persuasively; prepare clear and concise technical documents, reports, correspondence and other written materials; exercise sound independent judgment within established guidelines; instruct others in work procedures and provide specific project direction; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those encountered in the course of the work.



A typical way of obtaining the knowledge, skills and abilities outlined above is graduation from a four-year college or university with a major in urban planning or a closely related field; and three years of professional planning experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.


Licenses; Certificates; Special Requirements:

A valid Class C California driver’s license and the ability to maintain insurability under the City’s Vehicle Insurance Policy in order to attend night or special meetings.


Fringe benefits include 112 hours paid vacation per year, 96 hours annual sick leave, 12 paid holidays, $1410 per month cafeteria plan for health, dental and vision insurance. City pays long term disability and life insurance. An excellent federal credit union is available. 

Effective January 1, 2013 new members to CalPERS or an agency with CalPERS reciprocity will be subject to the provisions of the Public Employee’s Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA) and will receive the 2% @ 62 formula. Employee pays 50% of the normal cost rate on a pretax basis to be calculated by CalPERS.

Employees who are current members of CalPERS or an agency with CalPERS reciprocity or who have less than a six month break in service between employment in CalPERS (or a reciprocal agency) or who have previously been employed by the City of San Dimas will be enrolled in the 2% @ 55 formula. Employee pays 7% of PERS contribution.

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