Assistant Planner

The City of Arcadia is seeking an entry-level Assistant Planner in the Development Services Department. The ideal candidate will have general knowledge of urban planning and general concepts of architectural design, and excellent customer service skills.

If this describes you, apply today!

To be considered for this opportunity, a fully completed application and cover letter are required to be submitted.



Under general supervision, to perform professional level work in the field of current and 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 Administrator.


This is the entry 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. Since this class is often used as a training class, employees may have only limited or no directly related work experience.


Exercises no supervision.
Examples of Duties
Advise property owners and petitioners of the effect and implications of zoning and development actions.

Check plans for grading, slope, and other engineering plan check items.

Research and draft covenants, resolutions, and ordinances for review.

Review, assist in the preparation and submittal of, evaluate and process rezoning, variance, conditional use permit, subdivision, design review and other similar planning related applications.

Review building plans for conformance to zoning and related ordinances, policies, guidelines, and criteria.

Perform field activities to ascertain compliance with zoning and related ordinances, policies, guidelines, and criteria.

Provide technical staff support and make oral presentations to the City Council, Planning Commission, and other committees.

Respond to telephone and counter inquiries for information, advice, and assistance regarding the effects of construction and land use regulations and policies, and demographic and economic situations on development opportunities and proposals.

Review, assist in the preparation of, evaluate, process, investigate in the field, and monitor implementation of development and land use plans and applications within specific timeframes for compliance with planning, architectural, environmental and redevelopment regulations and policies.

Evaluate and resolve problems arising from conflicts between proposed development and land use plans and the various regulations, policies, and processes that govern construction, development and land use; assist in the redesigning of project at the design and construction stages as necessary.

Compile, research and evaluate information to report on planning related matters as requested or mandated by co-workers, supervisor/manager, the general public, and other agencies including planning applications, surveys, compliance with regional, State and Federal programs.

Identify insufficiencies, inconsistencies, conflicts, and obsolete items in the Municipal Code relating to development and land use regulations; recommend and prepare amendments to correct, improve, or repeal such items.

Research, analyze, and interpret social, economic, population, and land use data and trends; prepare written reports on various planning matters and elements of the General Plan.

Prepare initial studies; define the scope of work; review environmental impact reports.

Compile information and prepare recommendations on special studies; prepare related planning reports.

Provide information to the public regarding zoning, land use, and the General Plan; participate in public meetings as necessary.

Confer with and advise architects, builders, attorneys, contractors, engineers, and the general public regarding City development policies and standards.

Review development proposals and applications for compliance with appropriate regulations and policies; prepare reports of recommendations.

Prepare staff reports for the City Council and Planning Commission.

Check commercial, industrial, and residential development plans for issuance of zone clearance; process permit applications and calculate appropriate fees.

Research and draft ordinances for review by the Community Development Administration and Planning Commission.

Investigate complaints of zoning violations and recommend corrective action as necessary to resolve complaints concerning the City’s planning function.

Participate in coordinating planning activities with other City departments; conduct meetings to define project scope.

Provide technical assistance to professional and clerical planning staff.


Perform related duties and responsibilities as assigned.