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Planning & Development Director

Salary: $36.80-$44.93 hourly / $6,401-$7,814 monthly / Range: 6562

DEFINITION: Under direction, supervises a planning section or assists in the management of a division of a County department providing Planning and Development services; supervises the preparation and presentation of studies and recommendations to the Planning Commission and other decision-making bodies; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Incumbents in this class are responsible for supervising the work of professional, technical, and support staff.


1. Plans, assigns, and reviews the work of subordinate staff in drafting amendments to the Comprehensive Plan or Zoning Ordinance, preparing community plans, and analyzing the environmental effects of development proposals and the requirements of the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance;
2. Recommends and implements policies and procedures to ensure compliance with applicable ordinances, codes, general and area plans, and other regulations;
3. Reviews departmental processes and collaborates with line staff to improve work flow and efficiency; develops administrative policies and procedures for subordinate staff;
4. Supervises, trains, and evaluates subordinate staff; acts as technical resource to subordinate staff, department employees, and the public;
5. Plans, researches, analyzes, and writes a variety of complex reports related to staffing and budget needs for special studies and assignments; computes descriptive statistics in preparing reports; writes and submits requests for proposals and contracts, and monitors work performed by contractors;
6. Prepares and presents staff reports on complex and controversial cases to the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors in public hearings; conducts meetings with representatives of other County departments in order to review development projects; holds public meetings to obtain input on policy development;
7. Serves as project manager for special planning studies including the review of proposals, work products, and billings by outside consultants.

Incumbents in this job classification perform and supervise work that crosses the disciplines of land use planning, regional development, environmental planning, urban design, and economic and community development. Success at this level requires an advanced knowledge of the theories, methods, and techniques that form the prerequisites for a career in public service as practicing land use planners and as supervisors and project managers; in addition, incumbents must have prior experience that demonstrates that they have the abilities that this role requires.

The minimum required knowledge and abilities are:

Knowledge of: principles and practices of urban and regional planning, land use development review, resource management, and environmental review; state and federal laws, policies, and regulations related to planning and environmental issues including CEQA and NEPA; urban and rural development and conservation; inter agency and intra agency relationships related to planning projects; basic techniques of supervision; principles and practices of project management; principles and practices of contract management to monitor work of consultants; basic math and statistics.

Ability to: plan, assign, and evaluate the work of subordinate staff; provide training for staff; carry out work independently; 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 and review staff reports, policies, ordinances, and correspondence using correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation; prepare and give public presentations before decision making bodies; conduct and facilitate group meetings to obtain input on policy development and planning decisions; clarify and mediate conflicts among groups of stakeholders; work effectively with Boards and Commissions; record information and maintain for future access; organize work and set priorities to meet deadlines; establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers and the public; use personal computers including standard office applications such as word processing, spreadsheet, database, and multimedia presentation software; read and understand site plans, architectural drawings, and topographic maps.
A typical way to meet the minimum employment standards is for applicants to have:

1. Possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited university, preferably including course work in urban and regional planning, architecture, urban design, economics, public administration, political science, government, urban geography, environmental studies, or life, physical, or social sciences; and two years of advanced journey-level professional experience developing land use policies or regulations OR applying zoning regulations, community plan policies, CEQA, NEPA, and other ordinances or policies in a land use planning environment, including one year in a leadworker or supervisory capacity; or,
2. two years of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Planner III with Santa Barbara County; 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.

Beyond the minimum educational requirements, it is highly desirable for applicants to have completed a master's degree in a related field with emphasis on:
# public administration,
# city land use planning and policy,
# urban design,
# environmental planning and policy,
# regional economic development,
# housing and community development, or
# transportation policy and planning.

American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification is also highly desirable.

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


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