Planning Manager

Under the administrative direction of the Community Services Director, performs a variety of mid-management level professional planning and redevelopment work and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Planning Division. The incumbent provides highly complex assistance in policy development of local land use, design, and redevelopment functions; provides professional information and assistance to the Department, the Planning Commission, the City Council, developers, contractors and the general public; and participates in intergovernmental coordination and cooperation.
The Planning Manager performs the following duties which may include, but are not limited to:

Reviews, supervises and prepares complex studies, reports, environmental documentation and completing analytical research
Drafts, supervises and coordinates the work of employees engaged in the preparation, revision and enforcement of the General Plan, Coastal Land Use Plan, Zoning Ordinance and other plans, policies and guidelines
Participates in budget preparation, analysis and administration
Negotiates, prepares and manages contracts for environmental and other land use consultants, monitoring staff and consultants, and ensuring budget compliance
Training and supervising personnel
Oversight of comprehensive studies for current and advance planning projects;
Providing policy recommendations and guidance on current and advanced planning
Directs staff in review of permit and zoning applications
Implements policies and procedures to improve departmental efficiency and internal and external customer service
Monitors and evaluating staff performance
Compiles and analyzes data on land use;
Gathers information and objectively analyzes complex applications and development plans for compliance with applicable guidelines and regulations;
Performs graphic illustration work and preparation of planning studies and reports;
Provides information to project applicants and to the public;
Prepares preliminary environmental assessment reports under the terms of the California Environmental Quality Act;
May conduct code enforcement field studies, investigations and compliance actions.
Performs periodic reviews of project compliance with conditions of approval;
Assists the public in the interpretation of zoning, building, and State mandated regulations;
May work with other departments, agencies and the public to formulate and implement City plans.
Ensures consistency with the City’s General Plan, Zoning Ordinance, State Subdivision Map Act, area plans, environmental impact reports, capital improvement plans, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Palos Verdes Homes Association restrictions and guidelines and related City codes, ordinances and policies affecting and/or related to planning and land use issues.
Oversight of meetings for Planning Commission, Parklands Committee, City Council and other related meetings as needed; provides staff support, reports and presentations, technical direction and guidance to the Planning Commission, City Council, other committees and City staff as needed.
Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovation in the field of Planning.
Works collaboratively with public and responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.
Prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
Organizes and conduct community meetings.
Works irregular hours including evenings, nights, weekends and holidays, as necessary; being available for call-back and automatic return to work with a reasonable response time for major emergencies, disasters, critical incidents and as otherwise required
Provides critical thinking towards thorough and professional recommendations and completed staff work
Performs related work as needed.