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Planning Technician

Salary: Planning Technician I (#6032)

$17.24-$21.05 hourly / $2,999-$3,662 monthly / Range: 5042

Planning Technician II (#6034)

$19.93-$24.33 hourly / $3,466-$4,231 monthly / Range: 5332

DEFINITION: Under general supervision, performs a variety of paraprofessional planning tasks at the public counter, the office, and in the field, including basic intake and review of a wide variety of land use and development proposals, basic file research and maintenance, and map reading; prepares simple technical reports; creates and maintains databases; assists planners with research and planning studies; and performs other duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class series provides support to professional planning staff by applying basic procedures of County Land Use Ordinances, Comprehensive Plan, and other regulatory guidelines to receive and review various land use proposals and in response to public inquiries. Positions in this series usually assist in the most routine applications and planning studies regarding land use interpretation; complex problems are referred to higher level classifications. The Planning Technician II class is the experienced level class and operates with greater independence in applying planning policies and procedures. This series differs from the Planner class series in that

Planners are responsible for discretionary planning review cases.


1. Acts as staff at the public information and zoning counter; receives and determines completeness and acceptability of various types of land use applications including land use permits, subdivisions, conditional use permits, zone changes and clearances, variances, and other permits.
2. Reviews land use proposals for basic conformance with land use policies and procedures contained in Comprehensive Plan, Coastal Zoning Ordinance, General Plan and other regulatory guidelines; approves basic ministerial permits involving residential construction, grading, signs, change of use, parking and other similar permits; performs staff review for final map clearance; advises applicants of required land use standards and application contents; refers discretionary land use applications to higher level planning staff; assigns house numbers.
3. Provides a variety of procedural and recorded information to the public including case file information, zoning, and land use requirements, and assessor's parcel number; receives and records permit fees.
4. Maintains records of all permits issued and applications in progress; logs information into computer; supervises and assists in departmental microfilming projects; maintains database to track permit review, permit compliance, and progress towards performance measures.
5. Makes routine field investigations to assure compliance with conditions of approval contained in approved land use permit, conditional use permit, and variance and development plan.
6. Assists planners with research and planning studies by compiling data and preparing reports; receives reports of zoning violations and assists zoning staff in researching cases and compiling reports; assists in the coordination of regular departmental meetings.



1. Completion of two years of college coursework in a technical, liberal arts, or science program that included 15 semester or 22 quarter units in urban and regional planning, environmental studies, or life, physical, or social sciences, or,
2. two years of administrative or technical experience which included six months of experience providing technical or administrative support in an environmental, planning, mapping, architectural, civil engineering, or related agency or organization; or,
3. equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.


1. Three years of administrative or technical experience including one year of experience related to planning, research, or development of land use/environmental projects that included public contact; or,
2. one year of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Planning Technician I with Santa Barbara County; or,
3. equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.

Up to 60 semester or 90 quarter units of college coursework in a technical, liberal arts, or science program may be substituted for the general experience requirement on a year-for-year basis with 30 semester or 45 quarter units equivalent to one year of full-time experience.

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


Knowledge of: office procedures and record keeping operations; general planning, mapping, or construction terminology; English grammar and usage.

Ability to: maintain and research files and records; read and understand a variety of land use policies, ordinances, and technical reports; provide information to the public in a clear, understandable manner; complete forms accurately; communicate effectively in writing; represent the department with tact.


In addition to knowledge and abilities required for Level I:

Knowledge of: application of land use and zoning ordinances and policies; building construction plans and design; PC- based software applications.

Ability to: read and apply complex ordinances and policies when reviewing a variety of land uses; read a variety of land use development maps and plans; perform basic arithmetical calculations; communicate laws, policies, and procedures effectively to the public, often under adverse circumstances; make accurate field observations to verify compliance; maintain and use complex integrated files; apply accepted record keeping practices; and maintain effective working relationships with planning staff and the public.


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