Senior Planner

Performs complex and sensitive duties related to area of assignment including planning, coordination, and review of project activities related to assigned program or functional area; manages multiple project schedules; expedites and tracks progress; provides status updates to management, other departments, and outside organizations on projects. Plans, organizes, and conducts complex research studies; performs data collection; prepares complex reports and analysis; coordinates work of consultants preparing reports; prepares and provides program area recommendations. Prepares and presents complex staff reports, formal presentations, and recommendations at community meetings, advisory boards, and public hearings including to the City Council, Planning Commission, Community Development Commission, regulatory agencies, local committees, and neighborhood groups. Manages and administers consultant contracts; develops and negotiates scope of work; establishes timeframes; ensures adequate funding; prepares contracts; provides direction to consultant; reviews technical studies and environmental documents prepared by consultants to ensure accuracy, completion in a timely manner, and compliance with reporting requirements. Coordinates and assists in the development and implementation of policies, procedures, and guidelines related to assigned program area; reviews reports, data, and correspondence for compliance with City, regional, state, and federal policies and guidelines; recommends policy and procedural changes. Prepares and participates in the preparation of new or revised City ordinances and policies; researches ordinances and policies in other jurisdictions; proposes and outlines alternatives and options available to the City. Advises developers regarding development applications and process; interprets and explains ordinances, regulations, and policies regarding development practices; provides suggestions for improved designs for developments; prepares applications for review by the Planning Commission including preparation of staff reports, conditions, and environmental review. Performs field and site surveys and inspections; monitors the development and reconstruction of buildings and facilities. Maintains current knowledge of new trends and innovations in the fields related to area of assignment; monitors legislation, court rulings, and professional practices and techniques.