Planning Technician

Performs a variety of technical duties in support of Community Development Department operations and services; assists the public, developers, architects, and contractors regarding City planning and zoning land use procedures and processes; conducts plan check reviews and issues permits; conducts research and prepares staff reports for various boards and commissions; and updates and maintains a variety of maps, data sources, and related documents. Confers with and advises developers, architects, contractors, and the general public regarding City planning and zoning land use procedures and processes; serves as the initial contact in responding to inquiries for information at the counter, by telephone, and through correspondence. Conducts plan check reviews of new and existing commercial, industrial, and residential construction projects and landscape plans; calculates and ensures collection of fees for project approval; issues permits. Conducts basic research and writes staff reports for planning projects involving land use, population, housing, new construction projects; and related subjects; participates in interdepartmental planning reviews; advises applicants on the status of projects. Coordinates with other staff and departments for specific projects and to obtain answers to various questions. Creates graphic examples to illustrate alternatives for specific projects using Geographic Information Systems; reviews final working drawings to ensure compliance with approved projects. Updates and maintains a variety of maps including the zoning map, general plan map, and location maps; maintains departmental files including blueprints, exhibits, computer records, and library. Maintains, conducts, and logs final compliance inspection forms and field inspections. Responds to requests for building and landscape plans from City Hall and outside archives storage for general public and departmental review.