Associate Planner

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The City of Diamond Bar, incorporated in 1989, is a primarily residential community with a current population of approximately 60,000 residents, residing in roughly 18,000 dwelling units. Diamond Bar covers nearly 15 square miles and is located in southeastern Los Angeles County. We are seeking a highly talented and motivated individual to join our team as we embark on several exciting new projects, including a comprehensive General Plan Update (scheduled to kick off later this year), and an anticipated Specific Plan for 700 undeveloped acres of land in the northeast portion of the City.
The Associate Planner, under general supervision of the Senior Planner, performs journey-level 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 performs other related duties as required.
This position will be eligible for a 2% cost of living adjustment effective June 27, 2015.

The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this position.

1. Assists the public at the front counter, on the phone, and in writing by answering questions and providing detailed information regarding zoning, development standards and approved development proposals.
2. Reviews project and building permit applications for completeness and accuracy and compliance with zoning standards.
3. Prepares and reviews the preparation of advance planning projects, reports, maps, studies, and related planning issues.
4. Analyzes projects and assists in preparing initial studies and Environmental Impact Reports.
5. Reviews development proposals and works with developers to reach agreement on acceptable land use and development plans consistent with the City’s values and standards for high-quality development; reviews building plans, and subdivision proposals for conformance with appropriate regulations, and prepares reports containing findings and recommendations.
6. Prepares all project-related written correspondence in accordance with applicable laws, policies and customer service standards.
7. Prepares staff reports and graphic displays and makes presentations to the Planning Commission or the City Council, ad hoc committees and community groups.
8. Confers with and advises architects, builders, attorneys, contractors, engineers, and the general public regarding City development policies and standards.
9. Compiles and directs the compilation of data for land use studies and related field investigations.
10. Oversees, participates in, and coordinates special planning, zoning, and environmental studies; prepares reports and findings.
11. Interprets planning and zoning regulations to the public at the counter, by telephone, and by letter.
12. Coordinates planning activities with other City departments and with outside agencies; reviews work of planning staff in lower classifications for conformance with departmental standards.
13. Writes and presents reports, letters, and correspondence.

Knowledge of: 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; site planning and architectural design; 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; applicable federal and State laws and regulations; architectural and engineering drafting techniques, symbols and terminology; modern office methods, practices and technology; project management practices and techniques; public presentation methods and techniques; research and report writing practices.

Ability to: Interpret and apply the policies, procedures, laws, codes, and regulations pertaining to assigned programs and functions; read, analyze and critique grading plans involving complex topography; analyze and compile technical and statistical information and prepare detailed technical reports and recommendations; check building plans for conformance with land use, architectural and zoning regulations, and suggest changes to achieve compliance; interpret planning and zoning programs to the general public; perform professional planning work with a minimum of supervision; manage project development and implementation; operate computer hardware and use word processing, spreadsheet, database and e-mail software; plan, organize and prioritize projects and tasks in order to meet program and department deadlines; make clear and persuasive presentations; analyze and solve problems; communicate effectively, either orally or in writing, with staff, City management, contractors, consultants, vendors, public officials, private representatives, community groups, and the general public.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Urban or Regional Planning, Architecture, or a related field.

Experience: Three (3) years of responsible experience in urban planning. A Master’s Degree in Urban or Regional Planning, Architecture or a related field can substitute for one year of the required experience. Prior experience working in hillside communities is highly desirable.
Licenses and/or Certificates: Possession of a valid Class C or Class 3 California driver’s license and an acceptable driving record must be maintained throughout employment. Possession of AICP (American of Institute of Certified Planners) certification is desirable.

Special Requirement: Ability to travel to different sites and locations.

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