Associate Planner

Nevada County, CA
February 13, 2020
Nevada City, California
Job Type


Definition and Class Characteristics Under direction, conducts planning studies and related activities pertaining to the administration, development and enforcement of the general and community plans, land use and zoning ordinances; and performs related work as required.
Assistant Planner:
This is the entry-level class in the series, requiring basic knowledge of planning principles.  Initially, under close supervision, Incumbents perform the more routine current and advanced planning duties, while learning the more skilled and complex work.  Assignments typically involve the preparation of planning reports or elements of the general or community plans, and land use permit application review and processing.  This class is flexibly staffed with the Associate Planner and incumbents normally advance to the higher level after gaining the necessary experience and achieving proficiency.
Associate Planner:
This is the journey level class in the series. Incumbents possess and apply a broad and comprehensive scope of knowledge in the independent performance of a wide range of planning related activities.  Associate planners can perform all Assistant Planner level work but are generally responsible for the complex and difficult planning assignments, with great latitude for initiative and independent judgement.  Incumbents may function as a project leader or provide technical guidance and direction to subordinate planners.
Examples of Duties As Assistant Planner:

  • Maintains the County code addressing system
  • Processes administrative permits
  • Coordinates with GIS (Geographic Information Services) to update planning/General Plan and Zoning maps, including preparation of GIS baseline data
  • Reviews building permit/grading permit applications, subdivision maps and site plans for conformity with zoning, General Plan policies and previous approvals
  • Assists Associate or Senior Planners with gathering data and preparing maps, charts and other illustrative materials

  As Associate Planner:

  • Reviews and makes recommendations on land use permit applications
  • Assists permit applicants and others, by phone and in person, by answering questions related to land use and zoning ordinances; meets with developers and members of the public to provide information on land use and zoning laws and regulations
  • Prepares new elements, updates and amendments to the County General Plan
  • Researches information and prepares reports for the Planning Commission on a wide variety planning related issues
  • Researches and prepares a wide variety of CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) required documents for current planning projects
  • Prepares bid proposal packages for specialized planning studies and environmental impact report preparation
  • Administers and manages contracts with private firms for the preparation of environmental impact reports and planning studies
  • Performs field inspections of construction projects, mines and other sites to verify conformance with project conditions
  • Researches and prepares amendments to the zoning and subdivision ordinances
  • Attends and makes presentations at meetings involving planning related matters
  • Represents the Planning Agency on County appointed committees, public forums, meetings and workshops

Knowledge and Skills Required NOTE:  The required level and scope of the following knowledge and skills relate to the level of the position as defined in the class characteristics.
Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of land use, transportation, housing and environmental planning
  • Purposes, policies and procedures of the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commis­sion, and other agencies concerned with public planning
  • Statutes, ordinances, rules and regulations related to general plans, zoning, subdivi­sions, environmental review and land use
  • Statistical and research methods relevant in the collection and analysis of data affecting public planning
  • Federal, State, regional and local planning laws, regulations, case law and trends

Skill in:

  • Collecting, compiling, analyzing and presenting technical, statistical, and graphical information pertaining to planning and zoning research
  • Interpreting and explaining policies and regulations accurately and tactfully to the public
  • Reviewing permit applications for accuracy and completeness
  • Preparing clear, concise and comprehensive planning reports
  • Making presentations to governmental bodies with planning related responsibilities
  • Using computer technology and applications in the performance of daily activities
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
  • Adapting to changing priorities and requirements in a fast-paced environment

Education and Experience Required Assistant Planner:
Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in planning, natural resources, environmental studies or a related field, and one year of experience in a public or private land use environ­ment performing planning related duties comparable to those of a Planning Techni­cian; OR three years of experience performing duties compara­ble to those of a Planning Technician.
Associate Planner (in addition to the above):
Equivalent to two years of experience in a public or private land use environ­ment performing planning related duties comparable to those of an Assistant Planner.
 Closing Date/Time: 3/4/2020 5:00 PM Pacific

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