Part Time Associate Planner

The City of Anaheim Planning Department is seeking a Part Time Associate Planner to provide responsible professional level services in the area of advanced planning; and to provide assistance to higher level professional and management staff. This position will have a strong focus on the preparation of environmental review documents required under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Candidates must have at least two years of responsible professional urban planning experience and a Bachelor’s degree with major course work in urban planning, architecture, or a related field.

This is a part time position, typically assigned 30 hours per week with no minimum number of hours guaranteed.

Essential Functions
Manage multiple advanced planning projects, including formation and implementation of workplans, schedules and budgets.

Analyze development proposals to determine conformity with General Plan policies and procedures.

Prepare and file CEQA documents in support of routine development applications, including Initial Study checklists, Negative Declarations and Mitigated Negative Declarations.

Coordinate the processing of zoning code amendments.

Determine the impact of legislation, studies, surveys and reports from outside agencies on program activities; research and analyze annexations, reorganizations and de-annexations; prepare reports and correspondence as required.

Respond to inquiries from the general public and resolve issues related to the City’s planning and zoning functions; research and provide information to City staff and the general public regarding land use issues and environmental documentation; interpret City ordinances and regulations, as well as the CEQA guidelines.

Confer with and advise architects, builders, attorneys, contractors, engineers, realtors, appraisers and the general public regarding City planning and zoning policies and procedures including City development policies.

Prepare requests for proposals, scopes of work, and agreements for professional services; oversee and monitor the work of consultants.

Research and analyze existing or proposed advanced planning functions; prepare reports and presentations for City staff, City Council, and the Planning Commission; prepare and draft ordinances for review.

Review development projects for zoning compliance.

Review and analyze building plans, grading plans, and encroachment and abandonment requests; coordinate plan check routing between City departments and check for compliance with covenants, agreements and project conditions of approval; manage planning projects.

Perform related duties as required.

Qualifications
Two years of responsible professional urban planning experience supplemented by a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban planning, architecture, or a related field. An equivalent combination of experience and education sufficient to perform the essential job functions and provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.

Knowledge of Modern and complex principles, principles and practices of urban planning, development, zoning and redevelopment; methods and techniques used in the planning and zoning processes; methods and techniques of effective technical report preparation and presentation; principles and practices of basic economics; principles, practices, methods and procedures of data collection and research techniques; legal description interpretation; computer systems used in planning and zoning functions; principles and procedures of record keeping; principles of business letter writing and basic report preparation; office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases; pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations, including the Subdivision Map Act, General Plan, and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

Ability to Independently investigate planning, zoning, and related program issues; perform professional planning work with minimum supervision; research, analyze and evaluate new program, methods and procedures; analyze statistical information; interpret and apply federal, state and local policies, procedures, laws and regulations; interpret and explain planning and zoning programs, policies and procedures; make public presentations and recommendations on various aspects of the planning program; operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications; review and analyze property legal descriptions, covenants, agreements and conditions of approval; prepare clear, concise, thorough and accurate staff reports and correspondence; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.