Assistant Redevelopment Planner
Port of San Diego - San Diego, CA

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Under general supervision, reviews, processes and presents routine to moderately difficult development plans and proposals; conducts a variety of environmental and land use planning research, studies and analyses; develops, reviews and presents related reports, documents and correspondence; represents Port or department in interactions with the public, tenants, other governmental agencies, member city representatives and internal contacts; assists in developing and maintaining the Port Master Plan; environmental field investigative and compliance work and special studies; requiring technical expertise and knowledge within areas of assigned specialty; assists in development, implementation and monitoring of assigned environmental programs, program elements or projects; enforces environmental regulations of the Port code, and performs related duties as assigned.


Assistant Redevelopment Planner is the entry-level professional class in the planning class series. Initially under direct supervision, incumbents perform the more routine professional land use and environmental planning review, studies and analyses. With experience and an incumbent’s enhanced knowledge of legal, regulatory and policy provisions, the work becomes progressively more diversified and difficult and requires increasing independence. Incumbents may be assigned program or project responsibilities in any one or more of the Port’s environmental protection program areas, including natural resources management, storm water management, watershed management, site assessment and remediation, bay water and sediment quality, sustainability, air quality and public information.

Assistant Redevelopment Planner is distinguished from Associate Redevelopment Planner in that the latter class is the full working level professional class in the planning class series and incumbents in the latter class typically carry out more complex planning assignments and are independently responsible for a variety of projects and studies requiring independent judgment, initiative and decision-making.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

1. Reviews and analyzes assigned development plans and proposals to verify compliance; carefully reviews plans and technical documents to ensure compliance with California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the California Coastal Act and the Port’s Coastal Development Permit regulations and other Federal, State and Local laws, regulations and codes; verifies adherence to the Port Master Plan, other established jurisdictional plans and other planning criteria, goals and requirements; evaluates accuracy and validity of provided data; identifies environmental review issues and formulates appropriate and clear actions, recommendations and alternatives for resolution

2. Performs environmental field investigative and compliance work and special studies, requiring technical expertise and knowledge within areas of assigned specialty; performs site assessments, field investigations, field sampling and other environmental survey and clean-up/mitigation activities, assists in conducting or conducts tenant environmental compliance investigations; collects, compiles, analyzes, summarizes and communicates data and findings and develops and recommends courses of action.

3. Conducts a variety of environmental and land use planning research, studies and analyses projects, including environmental impact analyses, land use research and analyses and legislative analyses; researches, collects, organizes and evaluates information and data; conducts field and office investigations to collect field data, verify site conditions and note potential problems; presents clear, concise and accurate findings, recommendations and alternatives; reviews, assesses and comments on studies related to development or environmental impact, such as traffic studies, historical surveys, geo-technical studies, biological studies, environmental impact reports (EIRS), etc.; conducts coastal assessments; reviews and evaluates environmental or other pertinent legislation’s impact on Port.

4. Coordinates with and provides information and technical assistance to other departments, tenants, agencies and organizations; responds to routine to moderately difficult environmental inquiries from representatives of different Port divisions/departments and tenants; educates and informs Port staff, contractors and tenants about regulations, rules, policies, processes and procedures related to areas of responsibility; responds to request for information regarding specific environmental activities; cooperates with and provides information to responsible enforcement agencies and other governmental agencies; represents the department in meetings with internal and outside agencies regarding program issues.

5. Develops, writes, reviews and presents a variety of reports, documents and correspondence related to environmental and land use planning; composes and presents written technical reports, including findings and recommendations regarding project review; drafts staff reports; completes and reviews environmental documentation for Port and tenant projects, including categorical exemptions, negative declarations, mitigated negative declarations and EIRS; develops presentation materials and presents or assists in presenting designated projects to Board of Port Commissioners.

6. As appropriate, processes and issues Coastal Development Permits and other regulatory permits within designated time frames.

7. Assists in development, implementation and monitoring of assigned environmental programs, program elements or projects; performs technical and administrative duties in the implementation of program activities; participates in developing program/project designs; participates in ensuring program compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and regulatory agency requirements.

8. Represents Port or department in interactions with the public, tenants, other governmental agencies, member city representatives and internal contacts; coordinates with other departments and governmental agencies during the review process to obtain input; provides information, interpretations and assistance on Port planning projects and on issues regarding environmental and land use planning laws, policies, regulations, standards and procedures; researches and responds to routine inquiries and concerns in person, on the tele¬phone and in writing; as directed, serves as liaison for and actively represents the Port’s planning interests with outside agencies (MTDB, SANDAG, NCTD, Caltrans, etc.) for the planning of projects that affect Port property.

9. Develops and maintains the Port Master Plan; processes, prepares and presents Port Master Plan Amendments for Board of Port Commissioners’ approval;
develops and offers recommendations for revisions to the Port Master Plan, as appropriate.

10. Presents or assists in presenting Port Master Plan amendments to the California Coastal Commission for certification.

11. Act as Project Manager on specific projects.

12. Participates in developing and administering consultant and/or contractor contracts and budgets related to assigned areas of specialty; participates in coordinating and overseeing work of consultants to ensure contract terms are met; participates in monitoring work programs and schedules to ensure timely project completion; participates in reviewing invoices and identifying discrepancies.

13. May oversee, instruct, or train Interns and/or temporary staff as needed.


Knowledge of:

1. Theory, principles, standards, practices, methods, techniques and information sources of land use, natural resource, ecological sciences, environmental planning, environmental management and protection.

2. Principles, methods, techniques and procedures of environmental impact analyses.

3. Federal, state, regional and local laws, codes and regulations, including CEQA and the National Environmental Policy Act and Port policies and practices pertinent to areas of responsibility.

4. Practices and procedures to issue specified coastal permits.

5. Application of land use and environmental design and ecological science theory and practices to the planning process.

6. Math concepts, including statistical analysis techniques and formulae, relevant to the planning process.

7. Terminology, symbols, methods, techniques and instruments used in land use and environmental planning.

8. Operations and uses of a computer and standard and specialized software applicable to the work.

Ability to:

1. Understand, interpret, explain and apply federal, state, regional and local laws, regulations, policies, procedures and standards and planning principles and practices to the land use and environmental planning process.

2. Interpret maps, graphs, statistical and other technical data.

3. Collect, evaluate and interpret appropriate and applicable data, either in statistical or narrative form.

4. Understand and apply Port policy in formulating recommendations on specific planning issues and requests.

5. Research, analyze and summarize planning data both manually and with computer programs.

6. Present ideas and requirements clearly and persuasively, orally and in writing.

7. Prepare clear and concise technical documents, reports, correspondence and other written materials.

8. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those encountered in the course of the work.

9. Understand, interpret and respond to internal and external customer needs and expectations.

10. Maintain all required files, records and documentation.

11. Manage multiple projects.


Education, Training and Experience:

Graduation from a four-year college or university with a major in planning, environmental resources, natural resource management, biological, ecological, physical, chemical, earth or environmental science, or geography, with courses in urban or regional planning or a closely related field; and two years of progressively responsible experience in land use, environmental, urban or regional planning or research. Time served as a District Intern will count towards the years of experience.

Licenses; Certificates; Special Requirements:

A current, valid California Class C driver’s license at time of appointment and maintained at all times thereafter in order to operate a vehicle on District business.

Supplemental Information:


Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this class with reasonable accommodation. Reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis and depends, in part, on the specific requirements for the job, the limitations related to disability and the ability of the hiring department.

Resolution #: 2013 - 120
Dated: July 16, 2013

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