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Planner

Salary: $23.49-$28.68 hourly / $4,086-$4,988 monthly / Range: 5662

DEFINITION: Under supervision, reviews and analyzes development applications, provides technical land use and environmental information to individuals and other agency representatives; and performs other duties as assigned.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is the entry-level classification in the Planner series. Planner I is distinguished from Planner II in that the former learns to perform the assigned duties while the latter performs the duties at a journey level and with considerably more independence.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:

1. Provides the public, applicants, consultants, and representatives of federal, state, and local agencies with information regarding land use and environmental policies and regulations;
2. Analyzes development applications in order to assess compatibility with land use and environmental policies and regulations; prepares written staff reports or environmental documents to present recommendations and findings to decision-making bodies;
3. Performs basic research and compiles data for complex or controversial projects to implement comprehensive plan, or other programs, or for preparation of staff reports for planning studies; reviews data and information received from other agencies and incorporates into report recommendations and/or environmental documents;
4. Presents staff reports and environmental documents to decision-makers at public hearings; assists other staff in making formal presentations on land use and environmental policies and regulations at public meetings;
5. Conducts site visits to investigate zoning violation complaints; enforces zoning rules and regulations;
6. Monitors construction sites and ensures compliance with mitigation measures;
7. Attends staff meetings and provides management and peers with status reports on assigned projects;
8. Reviews professional journals and periodicals and legislation to keep informed of regulatory changes;
9. Compiles and maintains reference materials for use in brochures for the public; compiles and indexes inventories of environmental resource data;
10. Enters information from application logs into automated database; uses word processing software to prepare reports and correspondence.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS:

1. Possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, preferably including course work in urban and regional planning, environmental studies, or life, physical, or social sciences; or,
2. one year of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Planning Technician II with Santa Barbara County supplemented by college coursework in urban and regional planning, environmental studies, or life, physical, or social sciences; or,
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Qualifications: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License may be required.

Ability to: read, understand, and interpret regulations and policies; compile and analyze relevant information and draw valid conclusions to develop recommendations to resolve issues; communicate verbally to explain policies and regulations to others; write staff reports, policies, ordinances, and correspondence using correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation; prepare and give public presentations before decision-making bodies; record and maintain information for future access; organize work and set priorities to meet deadlines; establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers and public; perform basic math computations involving fractions and percentages.

Desirable Qualifications:

Knowledge of: principles and practices of urban and regional planning and environmental review; state and federal laws, policies, and regulations related to planning and environmental issues including the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

Ability to: read and understand site plans, architectural drawings, and topographical maps; use personal computers including word processing software; and use computer keyboard to access automated information.

 



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