Associate Planner

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Carlsbad -The Community: Carlsbad is a well-balanced community with beaches, lagoons, habitat preserves, a variety of housing types, world class employers, Legoland, the second highest number of hotel rooms in San Diego County, a successful auto dealership core, two golf resorts and a municipal golf course, two rail stations, a thriving downtown village, and an engaged public. This balance has been achieved not by accident, but in part through the efforts of a strong team of experienced planners. From translation of the community’s vision into ambitious General Plan goals and policies and application of rigorous growth management principles that ensure public facilities, open space and infrastructure are provided in conjunction with development, to consistent implementation of zoning rules and development codes, the Planning Division is at the forefront of ensuring that Carlsbad’s high quality of life is maintained and the city continues to evolve in a manner valued by the community.

In addition to the many benefits that the City offers, incumbents will have the option of a 9/80 work schedule, a professional membership fee paid, and a variety of training and career advancement opportunities (please see the benefits tab and our website for benefit details).

Ideal Candidate: The City of Carlsbad has two positions within the Planning Division with one being in Current Planning and one in Advance Planning. The ideal candidates for these positions will have strong analytical, written and verbal communication skills which are critical to success in the positions. Prospective candidates must be effective in project management, able to successfully prioritize work assignments, wisely use time and resources, and adapt well to changing circumstances. They must be able to exercise good judgment, discretion and initiative in carrying out job duties. The following is a brief overview of work at present in the two sections:

Current Planning: Associate Planners in the Current Planning section manage complex projects across the entire spectrum of development entitlements including General Plan amendments and zone changes, tentative maps, site plans, conditional use permits, coastal permits, hillside development and habitat management permits. Planners monitor development project habitat restoration projects with the support of a city biologist, and also prepare CEQA documents or manage EIR consultant contracts for projects. Major development projects currently in process total over 2,000 units of residential development, 1.5 million square feet of office and light industrial uses, a dozen mixed-use/residential and commercial projects in the downtown village, and a major hotel and mixed-use project near the beach at the southern gateway to the city.

Advance Planning: High-priority planning activities for the Advance Planning team include completing comprehensive updates to the city’s Local Coastal Program (LCP) and Zoning Code (ZC). Key considerations in updating the LCP include developing strategies, policies and programs to respond to a rising sea level, protecting coastal resources, ensuring adequate and affordable recreation opportunities, and maximizing public access to the coast. Important objectives of the Zoning Code update are to modernize, streamline, and improve the readability of the land use and development standards; align with and implement the recently-updated General Plan and pending LCP update. A new master plan for the Village and Barrio areas is in public review, with adoption hearings anticipated later this year. Other major long range planning activities currently underway or anticipated in the near future include: developing local growth estimates and participating in regional growth forecasting; monitoring and reporting of the city’s Growth Management Program performance; participating in Climate Action Plan implementation such as development of transportation demand management, energy efficiency and renewable energy ordinances; participating in the sixth Regional Housing Needs Assessment process and updating the city’s Housing Element. The Advance Planning team is also responsible for making various amendments to planning policies and zoning ordinances as needed, and processes and oversees amendments to the Local Coastal Program.

*PLEASE NOTE* : Oral panel interviews are tentatively scheduled to take place the week of March 5th 2018.