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Assistant Planner

City of Desert Hot Springs

Desert Hot Springs, CA United States

For a complete job description and to apply online please visit our website at www.cityofdhs.org.

Closing Date/Time

Sun. 01/27/19 5:00 PM Pacific Time

Salary $24.25 - $30.72 Hourly
$1,940.00 - $2,457.60 Biweekly
$4,203.33 - $5,324.80 Monthly
$50,440.00 - $63,897.60 Annually >Job Type Full Time

Location

City Hall, 65950 Pierson Blvd., Desert Hot Springs, California

Department

Community Development

Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

DEFINITION:

Under the general supervision of the Community Development Director or designee, this position performs a variety of professional work in current and advanced City planning, and assists in the administration of land use regulations and policies and administrative and planning related duties.

Examples of Duties:

ESSENTIAL AND MARGINAL FUNCTION STATEMENTS:

Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:

Gathers and analyzes general land use, environmental and statistical data related to planning projects; synthesizes data and makes appropriate recommendations; conducts office and field research and investigations regarding land use, housing, open space, transportation, and parking; develops interpretive maps, charts, and graphs; prepares environmental impact documents and staff reports.

  • Prepares materials and reports for the City Council, Planning Commission, and other Commissions and Committees;
  • Updates and revises entitlement application materials, development promotional materials, and other literature for public dissemination;
  • Reviews site and building plans associated with development projects;
  • Assists in reviewing planning applications, zone changes, variances and subdivision maps;
  • Monitors status of development applications from acceptance to issuance of final permit
  • Acts as a resource person for the public, developers, homeowners, and builders; answers inquiries at the counter, by letter and on the phone regarding zoning, planning policies and permits, application processes, timelines and fees; provide documents and materials such as maps, tracts, and designations as requested;
  • Accepts application submittals at the public counter;
  • Assists in the administration and enforcement of zoning, sign and subdivision ordinances; conducts field inspections of project sites to verify compliance with conditions of approval and code requirements;
  • Researches and provides interpretation of general plan zoning, development policies and standards and special planning related projects; investigates planning problems involving consideration of legal and public relations aspects of planning; presents findings;
  • Prepares and assists in preparation of maps, graphs, models, and reports;
  • Performs field work on project sites about Environmental Assessments; prepares reports about land divisions, site development reviews, site design reviews, conditional use permits, variances, zoning, and general plan amendments;
  • Conducts field inspections of land use projects and construction;
  • Reviews building permit applications for compliance with City Zoning development standards and any applicable conditions of approval by the City Council or Planning Commission during discretionary permit review;
  • Prepares demographic studies, projections and related information; and
  • Performs various related essential duties as required.

Typical Qualifications:

EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION:

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in urban planning or a closely related field; and one (1) year of urban planning experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

LICENSING REQUIREMENTS:

Valid California driver's license with a good driving record at time of appointment

Knowledge, Skills and Other Characteristics:

Knowledge of:

  • Objectives, principles, procedures, standards, practices information sources and trends of municipal urban planning;
  • Implementation of zoning, subdivision, environmental review and other municipal ordinances and policies;
  • Research methods as applied to the collection and tabulation of data affecting land use planning.
  • Application of land use, physical design, economic, environmental, and/or social concepts to the planning process;
  • Statistical analysis and mathematical concepts related to the planning process; and
  • Terminology, symbols, methods, techniques and instruments used in planning and map drafting
  • Graphic illustration and presentation.

Ability to:

  • Research, analyze and summarize planning data both manually and with computer applications;
  • Prepare clear, concise and complete technical documents, reports, correspondence and other written materials;
  • Exercise sound independent judgment within established procedural guidelines;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work;
  • Provide basic project direction to others; and
  • Successfully pass a pre-employment physical including drug test

Supplemental Information:

WORKING CONDITIONS:
Office environment, exposure to computer screens; Occasional exposure to weather conditions, including seasonal extreme heat.

PHYSICAL CONDITIONS:
Essential and marginal functions may require maintaining physical conditions necessary for sitting for prolonged periods of time.

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Experience Level
Entry (0-1 year)
AICP Level
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Specialty
Planning and Land Use Law
Salary Range
$24.25 - $30.72 per hour