Assistant Planner

Assistant Planner
Salary Range: $4,938 to $6,002 per month


Under general supervision to perform professional level work in the field of current and/or advance planning; to provide information and assistance to developers and the public on planning related matters; and to provide highly technical and responsible support to the Community Development Director.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is the limited experience level in the professional Planner class series. Positions at this level usually perform most of the duties required of the positions at the Associate Planner level, but are not expected to function at the same skill level and usually exercise less independent discretion and judgment in matters related to work procedures and methods. Assignments require the application of fundamental planning principles. Work is usually supervised while in progress and fits an established structure or pattern. Exceptions or changes in procedures are explained in detail as they arise. Positions in this class series are flexibly staffed and positions at the Assistant Planner level are normally filled by advancement from the Junior Planner level with one year of experience, successful performance, management recommendation, and budget availability. When filled from the outside, the employee is required to have prior related experience which allows the employee to meet the qualification standards for the Assistant Planner level.

Examples of Duties:
• Checks plans submitted by developers and the public;
• Reviews applications for completeness and accuracy;
• Oversees, participates in, and coordinates special planning, zoning, and environmental studies;
• Prepares reports and findings;
• Serves as staff to a variety of commissions, committees, and groups;
• Prepares the agenda and appropriate reports;
• Makes and presents findings and recommendations;
• Presents planning and zoning matters to the Planning Commission and citizen committees;
• Develops and presents recommendations on development permits, special use permits, variances, tentative tract maps, residential planned development permits, and other zoning applications;
• Prepares appropriate reports;
• Interprets planning and zoning regulations to the public at the counter, by telephone, and by letter;
• Updates zoning map and coordinate with the General Plan;
• Coordinates planning activities with other City departments and with outside agencies;
• Participates in the work of professional and technical employees including data collection, analysis, plan formulation, and implementation of a wide variety of planning, zoning, and environmental review activities.
• Maintains detailed socio-economic data and other relevant statistics;
• Performs inspections for projects for compliance with approved Plans, Planning/Historic Conditions of Approval, and other City requirements and/or ordinances;
• Assists the Environmental Review Committee;
• Prepares meeting agenda items and delivers presentations;
• Processes and maintains Environmental Impact Reports and negative declarations; and
• Performs related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Knowledge of:
• Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations pertaining to general plans, housing, zoning and subdivision;
• Statistical principles:
• Principles and practices of urban planning and development;
• Recent developments, current literature, sources of information, and research techniques related to the field of urban planning;
• Modern office methods, practices, procedures, and related equipment;
• Mathematical principles;
• Safe driving principles and practices;
• California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA);
• National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA);
• City and Regional Planning;
• Architectural styles, history and design philosophies; and
• Customer Service Skills

Ability to:
• Interpret and apply the policies, procedures, laws, codes, and regulations pertaining to assigned programs and functions;
• Analyze and compile technical and statistical information and prepare detailed technical reports and recommendations;
• Check building plans for conformance with land use, architectural and zoning regulations, and suggest changes to achieve compliance;
• Interpret planning and zoning programs to the general public;
• Perform professional planning work with general supervision;
• Analyze and compile technical and statistical information and prepare routine reports;
• Understand and follow oral and written instructions;
• Prepare basic planning graphics including site plans and land use maps;
• Read and interpret construction drawings;
• Manage project development and implementation;
• Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; and
• Establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Experience: One year of professional municipal planning experience.

Education: Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban planning or a related field.

Licenses and Certificates: Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid driver’s license.


Apply via the City’s website at or at

Any questions should be directed to the City of Redlands Human Resources Department only.

The deadline to apply is January 28, 2018, at 5:00 p.m.