Associate Planner

The City of Pomona has an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic Associate Planners to join the Pomona Planning team.


The Associate Planner reports to the Development Services Manager. Under general direction, this position performs professional level work in the field of current and/or advance planning; provides information and assistance to developers and the public on planning related matters; and provides highly technical and responsible support to the Planning Manager.


Any combination equivalent to experience and training that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities would be:

Education and Experience

Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban planning or a related field. Three years of experience as an Assistant Planner.

License or Certificate

Possession of, or must obtain, a valid Class C driver’s license.

Knowledge of: Principles and practices of urban planning and development and historic preservation. California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). 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. Safe driving principles and practices. Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations pertaining to general plans, housing, zoning, subdivision, building and construction, real estate, redevelopment and civil engineering. Statistical principles. Architectural styles, history, and design philosophies. Skill to: Operate modern office equipment including computer equipment and software. Operate a motor vehicle safely. Ability to: Learn pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations. Analyze and compile technical and statistical information and prepare routine reports. Prepare basic planning graphics including site plans and land use maps. Read and interpret construction drawings. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. Interpret and apply the polices, 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. Interpret planning and zoning programs to the general public. Check building plans for conformance with land use, architectural and zoning regulations, and suggest changes to achieve compliance. Perform professional planning work with a minimum of supervision. Manage project development and implementation.


Check plans submitted by developers and the public; review applications for completeness and accuracy. Prepare and supervise the preparation of advance planning projects, reports, maps, studies, and related planning issues. Prepare and supervise the preparation of planning materials used for public hearings. Compile and direct the compilation of data for land use studies and related field investigations. Prepare environmental review documents for CEQA projects. Review and comment on the CEQA documents of neighboring cities. Review projects for conformance with the Historic Preservation Ordinance; prepare surveys and studies of historic preservation issues; maintain historic preservation databases. Oversee, participate in, and coordinate special planning, zoning, and environmental studies; prepare reports and findings. Serve as staff to a variety of commissions, committees, and groups; prepare the agenda and appropriate reports; make and present findings and recommendations. Present planning and zoning matters to the Planning Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, and citizen committees. Develop and present recommendations on development permits, variances, tentative tract maps, residential planned development permits, and other zoning applications; prepare appropriate reports. Interpret planning and zoning regulations to the public at the counter, by telephone, and by letter. Coordinate planning activities with other City departments and with outside agencies. Participate 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. Maintain detailed socio-economic data and other relevant statistics. Perform inspections for projects to ensure compliance with approved Planning/Historic Conditions of Approval, and other City ordinances and codes. Perform related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Supervision Exercised
May exercise technical and functional supervision over lower level staff.


Special Requirements
Essential duties require the following physical skills and work environment: Ability to work in a standard office environment; ability to travel to different sites and locations.

Application Process
This recruitment will also establish a list for future vacancies. Screening of qualifications and “most qualified” is based on the information provided on the official City Application. A resume may be attached to your application, but will not substitute for the completion of your application. Applications that are not entirely completed may be rejected.

To complete your application for this position you will be prompted to respond to supplemental questions. Incomplete responses, false statements, omission, or partial information may result in disqualification from the selection process. Your responses should be consistent with the information provided on your application. The information will be used as part of the application screening and selection process and is designed to help you present your qualifications for this position. This may include a selection step in which your application and supplemental questions are reviewed and scored by a panel of raters familiar with this position.

Final candidates are required to submit authorization for the City to run a report from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), and must successfully pass a background investigation conducted by Human Resources.