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Assistant Planner

City of La Vista

La Vista, NE United States

Under the administrative direction of the Senior Planner, the Assistant Planner performs a wide variety of professional planning and zoning-related tasks.

Essential Functions (with or without reasonable accommodation)

  1. Provides information on land use applications, ordinances, codes, design guidelines, plans and related regulatory information to architects, engineers, developers, contractors, owners and interested persons.
  2. Assists in the review of development and related land use permit applications and site plans; examines applications for compliance with established plans and ordinances, and applicable local, state and federal regulations; prepares reports and related data as required.
  3. Organizes and attends meetings of the Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment. Attends meetings of the City Council as required or directed.
  4. Assists in the processing of applications to the Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment.
  5. Administers and interprets the zoning ordinance; writes staff reports on rezoning and conditional use permit requests and proposals; conducts site reviews and evaluations of proposed projects; meets with developers; conducts research on zoning ordinance changes.
  6. Administers sign code regulations; meets with business owners and sign company officials; reviews decisions with the building official for compliance; prepares variance and appeal cases to the Planning Commission.
  7. Assists in the administration of the subdivision regulations; meets with developers to review requirements of subdivision regulations, reviews plats for conformance with regulations; organizes and conducts subdivision review meetings.
  8. Assists in the preparation of amendments to the city’s comprehensive plan, zoning ordinance and subdivision regulations, using recognized principles and practices of urban planning.
  9. Assists in the review of commercial projects to ensure conformity with the principles of good planning and land use practices and for compliance with the city’s development requirements.
  10. As directed, conducts special studies periodically; coordinates study efforts with outside consultants; provides data, research and special reports upon request from other city departments, researches demographic and economic conditions, land use and housing.
  11. Coordinates plan and document review by various City departments and external agencies.
  12. Prepares written staff reports for Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment.
  13. Makes presentations to Planning Commission, Board of Adjustment and City Council as directed.
  14. Performs other duties and responsibilities as directed or as the situation dictates.

Note: Physical examination and drug screening tests will follow all conditional offers of employment

Essential Physical and Environmental Demands

The physical demands and work environment characteristics listed below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Work is performed indoors and outdoors and requires routine walking, standing, kneeling, bending, crouching, reaching, stooping and climbing.
  2. Duties require the ability to tolerate an indoor and outdoor work environment which includes contact with dirt, dust, noise and inclement weather conditions.
  3. An incumbent must have the ability to lift various office supplies and related equipment weighing 25 pounds.
  4. Incumbent must have the ability to operate a motor vehicle and maneuver bodily over rough terrain.
  5. Work may occasionally be required in times of darkness.
  6. Vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  7. Hearing abilities must be correctable to level adequate to perform essential functions.
  8. The noise and odor levels may be moderate to intense depending on activity performed.

Education, Training, License, Certification and Experience

  1. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course study in city planning, urban land use planning, public administration or closely related field.
  2. Certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners (ACIP) is desirable.
  3. Must possess valid drivers license.
  4. The City may accept any equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  1. Considerable knowledge of urban planning principles and practices as they pertain to zoning and other regulations, development proposals, and comprehensive planning.
  2. Knowledge of zoning laws and comprehensive plans, including their formation, process of adoption and enforcement.
  3. Ability to read and interpret plans and applicable development regulations and ordinances.
  4. Knowledge of Federal, State and Local regulations.
  5. Knowledge of research methods and data evaluation.
  6. Ability to utilize computers and various software applications (including knowledge of or experience with ArcView) in the performance of job duties.
  7. Ability to review and make recommendations related to the city’s development regulations.
  8. Ability to enforce regulations with firmness, tact and impartiality.
  9. Ability to utilize independent judgment in the performance of duties.
  10. Ability to accurately perform mathematical calculations in the performance of job duties.
  11. Ability to apply departmental policies and procedures in the performance of job duties.
  12. Ability to accurately prepare and maintain various records, reports, correspondence and other departmental documents.
  13. Ability to work independently and effectively, as part of a team and with the public.
  14. Ability to relate to the general public in a courteous and tactful manner.
  15. Ability to perform job duties efficiently while managing frequent interruptions.
  16. Ability to plan and organize a personal work schedule, set priorities and meet deadlines.
  17. Ability to operate common office equipment and telephones.
  18. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  19. Ability to protect confidential information.
  20. Ability to work a varying schedule, including evenings and weekends.
  21. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with city officials, fellow employees, members of the public and patrons.
  22. Ability to maintain regular and dependable attendance on the job.

Contributions this Position Makes to the City

This position provides highly responsible assistance to the Senior Planner and contributes to the success of the City by assisting with strategic initiatives dealing with community development, planning and design, zoning and land use.



Experience Level
Entry (0-1 year)
AICP Level
Community Development
Salary Range