Senior Planner

FILING DEADLINE: Apply Immediately, Open Until Filled.

$8,239 – $10,299 per month
Plus excellent benefits.

Are you a planning professional with strong customer service and interpersonal skills who wants to make a difference in a remarkable community? If so, then consider joining the ranks of top-notch public employees who are helping to shape the future of the City of Laguna Niguel.

Laguna Niguel is a premiere master-planned community located in south Orange County, just minutes away from California’s beautiful beaches and pristine coastline. This is the chance to be part of making a remarkable community even better. The City and the Community Development Department invite qualified applications for this exciting career opportunity.

Important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Analyze, develop, and present recommendations on complex planning, zoning, and development proposals; provide technical expertise in the formulation of recommendations and review of development applications.
• Analyze the effects of new legislation dealing with land use, planning, or environmental issues on City development plans, programs and activities.
• Review and monitor the processing of all planning, zoning, and environmental permitting within the City.
• Compile information, make recommendations, and prepare planning reports on special studies pertaining to land use and community development.
• Research, prepare, and present reports and recommendations for a variety of commissions, committees, and the City Council; make public presentations and recommendations on various aspects of planning services and activities.
• Supervise and participate in the preparation of environmental documents, including Notices of Exemption, Initial Studies, Negative Declarations, and Environmental Impact Reports in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act.
• Supervise and participate in the preparation and administration of various State and Federal grants.
• Confer with and advise architects, builders, attorneys, contractors, engineers, and the general public regarding City development policies and standards.
• Compile information and assist in the preparation of site plans for private development and civic buildings; review commercial, industrial, and residential development plans for code compliance; process development permit applications.
• Exercise direct supervision over City staff.
• Participate in a variety of boards and commissions; attend and participate in professional group meetings.
• Perform related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:
• Highly complex principles and practices of urban planning and development.
• Research methods and sources of information related to urban growth, development, and planning.
• Principles and practices of supervision, training and performance evaluation.
• Current practices related to municipal planning, urban growth and development and program administration.
• Methods and techniques of effective technical report preparation and presentation.
• Modern office methods, procedures, and computer equipment.

Ability to:
• Supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff.
• Interpret laws, codes, and ordinances underlying general plans, zoning, and land divisions.
• Analyze and compile technical and statistical information and prepare reports.
• Analyze site design, terrain constraints, circulations, land use compatibility, utilities and other urban services.
• Research, analyze, and recommend modifications to existing plans.
• Prepare and analyze technical and administrative reports, statements and correspondences.
• Administer and evaluate contracts with outside consultants.
• Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

• Three years of professional municipal planning experience, including some project lead supervisory experience.
• Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban planning, public or business administration, or a related field.

A required City application form is found online at the City’s website at; or by calling (949) 362-4300. Applications must be filled out completely and must show that the minimum qualifications are met. Completed City applications should be submitted online, emailed to, or in person to Human Resources at City Hall (30111 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel). Based upon information presented on the applications, those applicants possessing the most suitable qualifications will be requested to continue in the recruitment process. All applicants will be notified by email of the results of the selection process.

The City of Laguna Niguel recruits and hires without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires that you must be a U.S. citizen or an alien lawfully authorized to work in the United States to be eligible for hire.

This job bulletin does not constitute an exceptional or implied contract and provisions contain herein may be modified or revoked at any time without prior notice or agreement.

The City of Laguna Niguel is a Drug Free Workplace, and complies with Federal Law; therefore the City prohibits the use of cannabis, including medicinal use, and all illegal drugs by employees and prospective workers.

Note: Offers of employment are conditional upon successful completion of a job-related physical examination including drug screen.