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Senior Planner

City of Wheat Ridge

Wheat Ridge, CO United States

Hiring Range is $76,100 to $91,320. Salary determined by the candidate's education and years of experience.

DEEP ROOTS. Short Commutes.

The City of Wheat Ridge embodies the deep roots of a City with a rich history and a strong sense of community. Its central location provides shorts commutes to major interstate highways, the majestic Rocky Mountains, and the amenities of the large metropolitan City of Denver, Colorado. Our community encompasses 9.5 square miles, Wheat Ridge is home to more than 33,000 citizens.

Our growing and vibrant community is currently seeking a dynamic Senior Planner for the Community Development team who demonstrates strong leadership skills, the ability to collaborate and partner with diverse stakeholders in the community and work cooperatively with department employees with implementing department goals and objectives.

The Community Development Department will start reviewing applications on December 19, 2018. Face-to-face interviews are tentatively scheduled for the end of January 2019.

Serve as case manager on various land use applications, ranging from routine to complex and difficult, such as annexations, zone change requests, subdivisions, and site development permits. This role may include: consultation with applicant; facilitation of neighborhood meetings; posting/publishing notices; coordination with other departments and service providers; analysis of an application with respect to the City's regulations, requirements of service providers, and good planning practices; written reports summarizing staff analysis and recommendations; and presentations to the appropriate board or commission including the Board of Adjustment, Planning Commission and/or City Council.

Analyze existing zoning and development codes, including making recommendations, writing code revisions/changes/additions as well as coordinating the public involvement process, demographic research, surveys and assessments, data collection and analysis, public meeting presentations and facilitation and drafting of code text.

Minimum Qualifications:

Senior Planner

Master's degree in urban planning or related field required. Minimum of five (5) years related experience in development review and land use planning for a municipal agency or equivalent thereof required; additional experience preferred.

Desired Attributes:

Strong work ethic and self-accountable for high quality and timely work.

Self-motivated and possesses an internal drive to pursue work.

Resourceful to identify and use a variety of tools needed for problem-solving.

Adaptable to changing and at times difficult situations.

Active listener who can understand and translate the needs of diverse customers.

Communication/Working Relationship:

Strong written, verbal and visual communication skills are required of this position. Ability to express ideas and facts in order to interact with all levels of the organization including elected officials and varied customers. Listens to others and facilitates an open exchange of ideas. Ability to maintain strong working relationships with all internal and external customers.



Experience Level
Mid II (4-8 years)
AICP Level
Community Development
Salary Range
$76,100 to $91,320