City Planner 1

Department: Community Development

Division: Admin.

Effective Date: 06/17/2020 | Closing Date: Upon Hire

Salary: $41,302-$59,887

General Purpose:

Performs a variety of entry level professional and technical duties related to implementing department work plans and programs and monitoring community compliance with established planning, zoning and development ordinances.

Supervision Received:

Works under the general supervision of the Community Development Director.

Supervision Exercised:


Essential Functions:

Conducts research on issues, policies, and concepts pertaining to planning, zoning and community development; presents reports, analysis findings to the planning commission and/or city council; prepares written reports in response to public requests for zoning applications and various ordinances and development code changes.

Prepares proposals in draft form for amendments to development codes, zoning ordinances or policy governing local planning, zoning and development.

Conducts feasibility studies; prepares a variety of reports related to project progress; reviews and

updates ordinances affecting planning, zoning, signage, traffic, transportation development and related departmental activities; assist in coordination of projects with other departments or governmental agencies, serves on various committees. Prepares and updates various land use and planning maps; operates computer to generate computerized maps; utilizes computer to conduct various research and solve planning problems; assists in maintaining effective software.

Performs technical customer service; meets with the general public to discuss planning, zoning, and development issues; attends public hearings, public meetings, and open houses, as well as assists the public to define concerns and presents public questions to management; follows up with the public to apprise of city policy and decisions.

Reviews commercial and residential plans and specifications to assure compliance with city zoning ordinances; cooperates with builders and developers and assists by identifying actions needed to secure compliance. Conducts field inspections as needed to assist with project reviews.

Participates in project review meetings with various city departments and developer representatives and identifies problem areas related to zoning; participates in planning commission, board of adjustment, and other related administrative processes related to project management and code development; prepares and presents staff reports to the planning commission and city council. Performs other duties as directed/required.

Performs other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

1. Education and Experience:

A. Graduation from college or university with a bachelors degree in urban planning, public

administration, or closely related field:


B. Experience may be substituted for education, but only on rare occasions.

2. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Some knowledge of: legal system and procedures affecting planning, zoning and related operations of

the city; principles and practices related to local government planning and zoning, economics, sociology and community organization as applied to urban planning; planning and zoning and subdivision law, theory and application; the relationship between factors affecting urban planning policy, such as economic, political, sociological, legal, etc.; local government structure and operations, including the budgetary procedures and fiscal management, research methodology, statistical analysis and evaluation of research data; land use; zoning, federal, state and local laws; interpersonal communication skills.

Skills in the art of diplomacy and cooperative problem solving.

Ability to; interpret codes accurately and effectively; enforce regulations with fairness, tact,

and impartiality; communicate effectively verbally and in writing; prepare and present technical reports; operate personal computer and various applications (i.e. Apple computers, Google Docs); performs advanced mathematical calculations; develop and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, federal agencies, state agencies, local governments , subordinates, and the public.

3. Work Environment:

Tasks require a variety of physical activities not generally involving muscular strain. Physical demands

may occur in activities relating to walking, standing, stooping, sitting, reaching, etc.. Talking, hearing and seeing required in the daily performance of job duties. Mental application utilizes memory for details, emotional stability and discriminating thinking and creative problem solving. Periodic travel required in course of performing portions of job functions. Frequent local area travel required in the normal course of performing job duties.


Washington City provides full time employees with an excellent benefit package including a healthcare plan (no out of pocket expense for employee/dependent coverage), dental plan (no out of pocket expense for employee, out of pocket expense for dependents only), and a vision plan (no out of pocket expense for employee/dependent coverage). In addition, the City provides a $50,000 life insurance policy, AD&D, LTD, and an impressive retirement plan. Washington City also contributes 4.5% into 401(K) plans for all eligible employees that are in the public employee fund. All benefits are effective on the1st day of work. The City also provides 12 paid holidays, 12 paid sick days per year plus vacation accruals.

It is the policy of Washington City to comply with Equal Employment Opportunity standards in all phases of personnel administration: job structuring, recruitment, examination, selection, appointment, placement, training, upward mobility, discipline, discharge, etc, without unlawful regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, physical or mental disability, national origin or veteran status.

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