Senior Planner / Associate Planner

The City of Anaheim Planning and Building Department seeks a dynamic Senior or Associate Planner to support the Advanced Planning section of the Planning Services Division. The initial primary duties for this position will be to manage a comprehensive General Plan update, which will include an update of the Housing Element pursuant to State law requirements, zone reclassifications, and zoning code amendments to streamline and facilitate the development of housing at all income levels. The position will also assist with and/or manage regional planning and land use policy assignments, and process zoning code amendments for the Code Streamlining and Improvement Program.

Depending on candidate qualifications and Department needs, the selected candidate may be assigned to duties across the Planning Services Division, which also includes Current Planning, Planning Information, Historic Preservation and the Business Assistance Program. While the primary anticipated work function is for Advanced Planning, the Planner should also have experience with plan review and the processing of development projects for administrative and/or discretionary review and implementation of the California Environmental Quality Act as described in the following essential functions for each position.

Candidates must possess a minimum of two years of responsible urban planning experience from a municipal planning agency supplemented by a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban planning, architecture, or a related field. A graduate degree and/or American Institute of Certified Planner (AICP) from the American Planning Association is desired.

The City of Anaheim reserves the option to hire at either Associate Planner or Senior Planner level based on candidate qualification and selection process.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Senior Planner
This is the advanced journey level class in the Planner series. Positions at this level are distinguished from other classes within the series by the level of responsibility assumed and the complexity of duties assigned. Employees perform the most difficult and responsible types of duties assigned to classes within this series. Employees at this level are required to be fully trained in all procedures related to the assigned Planning Department area.

Associate Planner
This is the full journey level professional class in the Planner series. Employees within this class are distinguished from preceding level in the Planner series by the performance of the full range of duties as assigned. Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise, and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit. Positions in this class are generally filled by advancement from the Planner level, or when filled from the outside, require prior experience.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
The following functions are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed functions and/or may be required to perform additional or different functions from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Senior Planner Essential Functions

Provide lead supervision and technical assistance to professional and technical planning staff; coordinate and assign work activities, projects and programs; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures; provide staff training.

Coordinate the revisions of policies and procedures; research, analyze and prepare recommendations to adopt ordinances; perform research regarding implementation of policies established by the general plan, zoning ordinance or other land use and development ordinances.

Review proposed legislation; evaluate the effects of outside policies, regulations, and legislation on the City’s planning goals.

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

Coordinate and provide project management for large and complex planning projects.

Attend and represent the Planning Services Division at public meetings and interdepartmental meetings and serve on related committees as needed; respond to requests for information at public meetings; make presentations related to current and advanced planning; and provide technical planning information to elected and appointed City officials.

Coordinate and serve as liaison between the business community and City staff with regard to current or advanced planning special projects; advise City staff, developers and the general public on planning policies, issues and concerns.

Research and analyze requests for code amendments and special studies; prepare reports to the City Council and Planning Commission; coordinate the preparation and submittal of new ordinances.

Confer with engineers, developers, architects, agencies representatives, realtors, and appraisers, and the general public in researching and coordinating planning and zoning matters; provide information regarding City development requirements and policies.

Interpret and apply codes, laws and regulations to ensure development applications, City projects and municipal code amendments are in compliance; assist in the negotiation of development agreements.

Respond to questions and provide information to the public; investigate complaints and recommend corrective action as necessary to resolve complaints.

Develop and monitor Planning Services Division program budgets; submit justifications for development projects; monitor and control expenditures.

Assist in the development and implementation of goals and objectives, policies and procedures for assigned area; establish schedules and methods for current and advanced planning projects.

Stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the fields of current and advanced municipal and regional planning and zoning.

Perform related duties as required.

Associate Planner Essential Functions

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.

Analyze development proposals to determine conformity with General Plan policies and procedures; assess appropriate development fees for projects; assist in the preparation of information for development agreements; monitor the collection of fees.

Coordinate the processing of General Plan amendments and General Plan element revisions.
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 California Environmental Quality Act (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 code amendments and special studies; prepare reports and presentations for City staff, City Council, Zoning Administrator and the Planning Commission; prepare and draft ordinances for review.

Review business license applications and development projects for zoning compliance.

Perform related duties as required.

QUALIFICATIONS

SENIOR PLANNER QUALIFICATIONS

Experience and Education: Three years of increasingly responsible professional urban planning experience supplemented by a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in planning, architecture, or a related field; or, 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: Complex principles and practices of urban planning, development, zoning and redevelopment; methods and procedures used in the planning and zoning processes; methods and techniques of effective technical report preparation and presentation; principles of project management; principles of contract administration; recent developments, current literature and sources of information related to municipal planning; research methods and sources of information related to urban growth and development; methods and procedures of computer database usage; basic budgeting and accounting principles; principles of supervision and training; pertinent federal, state, and local codes, laws, and regulations including the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and state zoning and environmental laws.

Ability to: Lead, organize, and review the work of professional and technical staff; independently perform the most difficult planning projects; interpret, explain, and enforce department policies and procedures; analyze and compile complex technical and statistical information; manage and coordinate the work of consultants; assist in implementing goals, objectives and practices in providing effective and efficient program services; assist in the analysis, evaluation and modification of current and advanced planning methods and procedures; interpret and explain division policies and procedures; analyze site design, terrain constraints, circulation, land use compatibility, utilities and other urban services; participate in a variety of public and board meetings; make public presentations and recommendations on various advanced and/or current planning issues and concerns; interpret and explain City and program policies and procedures; effectively negotiate, implement, and administer contracts and agreements; work independently; make sound and supportable recommendations; analyze and assess community needs; assist in the preparation and administration of large and complex budgets; prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports; analyze and evaluate new service delivery methods, procedures and techniques; develop creative approaches to, and concepts for, addressing planning problems; research, analyze and evaluate new zoning regulations and procedures; interpret, apply and ensure compliance with federal, state and local policies, procedures, laws and regulations; prepare clear, concise, thorough and accurate technical reports; work independently in the absence of supervision; understand and follow oral and written instructions; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

License/Certification Required: Possession of an appropriate, valid driver’s license.

ASSOCIATE PLANNER QUALIFICATIONS

Experience and Education: 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 techniques, 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.

License/Certification Required: Possession of an appropriate, valid driver’s license.