Assistant Planner
City of Upland - Upland, CA

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First review of applications scheduled for the week of February 18, 2013 with interviews scheduled for the week of February 25, 2013.

Under general supervision, provides information and assistance on planning-related matters to the public and other City staff; participates in planning projects that range from routine to moderately difficult; and performs related duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to this class. Other duties and responsibilities may be added, deleted or changed at any time at the discretion of management, either orally or in writing.

  • Serves as a project manager for development applications, from consultation and receipt, to routing and review, presentation to applicable committees and commissions, and plan check and inspection. Coordinates projects between various divisions and departments; responsible for problem solving and resolving issues.
  • Provides counter management by overseeing counter operations and providing supervision and mentoring to counter technicians and interns; provides technical and functional supervision over counter technicians, interns, and clerical personnel; provides back-up as necessary.
  • Conducts research studies and prepares reports, findings, and recommendations regarding land use, zoning, urban design, population trends, transportation, housing, and environmental needs; maintains, updates and analyzes demographic and other data required for the planning function.
  • Reviews or revises various elements of the General Plan, environmental documents, plans, ordinances and other policies and procedures.
  • Reviews and processes permit requests for new commercial development, tenant improvements, signs, single- and multi-family developments, fences, patios, and pools.
  • Provides information, assistance, and consultation to developers, architects, engineers, contractors, property owners and the public regarding laws, policies, regulations, standards, and procedures with respect to the submission of plans, processing of applications, and implementation requirements.
  • Analyzes various plans and applications, and conducts field inspections for commercial, industrial, and residential developments, subdivisions, variances, conditional use permits, and business licenses for conformance with approved plans, laws, policies, regulations, design standards, and procedures as applicable.
  • Prepares and presents staff reports, resolutions, visual and graphic presentations, and professional recommendations for various commissions, boards and community groups.
  • Reviews and analyzes draft materials and prepares written and verbal comments; prepares a variety of written communications, including analytical reports, commentaries, correspondence, and drafts of revisions to local ordinances, policies and procedures.
  • Answers questions and provides information and assistance to the public in person, on the telephone, and in writing.
  • Compiles, analyzes, and interprets data to define environmental conditions; analyzes projects for compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
  • Prepares maps, graphs, charts and other visual aids to illustrate presentations of planning studies; develops and prepares material for pamphlets, brochures, and publications.


  • QUALIFICATION GUIDELINES:

    Knowledge of:

    Objectives, principles, procedures, standards, practices, and information sources of municipal urban planning; implementation of zoning and other municipal ordinances; methods used in developing information for General Plan modifications; application of land use, physical design, economic, environmental, and/or social concepts to the planning process; community trends; mathematic concepts, including statistical analysis techniques and formulas relevant to the planning process; terminology, symbols, and methods used on zoning, General Plan and subdivision maps; applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations.

    Ability to:


    Understand and apply federal, state and local laws, regulations, policies, procedures and standards pertaining to the planning process; interpret maps, site and building plans and specifications, graphs and statistical data; research, analyze and summarize planning data both manually and with computer programs; prepare clear visual displays, such as maps, graphs, and illustrations; make presentations of ideas and recommendations; prepare clear and concise technical documents, reports, correspondence and other written materials; exercise sound judgment within established guidelines and supervisory direction; establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, management, the general public, and others.

    Education :

    Graduation from a four-year college or university with major course work in urban planning, architecture, geography, environmental design, public administration or a related field.

    Training/Experience:

    One year of professional planning experience, including professional and internship assignments.

    Licenses, Certificates, and Special Requirements:

    Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Class C California driver’s license, an acceptable driving record, and evidence of insurability.

    PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS:

    The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Physical Demands:

    While performing the duties of this class, employees are regularly required to sit; talk or hear, in person and by telephone; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate standard office equipment; reach with hands and arms. Employees are frequently required to walk, stand, and to lift and move records and documents weighing up to 20 pounds.

    Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

    Mental Demands:

    While performing the duties of this class, employees are regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data, information and documents; analyze and solve problems; observe and interpret situations; learn and apply new information or skills; perform highly detailed work on multiple, concurrent tasks; work under intensive deadlines; and interact with staff, customers, the public and others encountered in the course of work.

    The City of Upland is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities for all individuals, regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, religion, age, disability status, marital status, veteran status, gender or sexual orientation.

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