Senior Planner – Long Range Planning


This is the advanced journey level class in the professional 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 including providing assistance to developers in successful completion of the development review process. Employees at this level are required to be fully trained in all procedures related to assigned area of responsibility. Employees at this level supervise lower level staff.


Receives direction from the City Planner and the Community Development Director.
Supervises lower level professional, technical, and support staff.

Minimum Qualifications & The Ideal Candidate


Knowledge of:

Principles and practices of urban and regional land use planning.
Operations, services and activities of an urban planning program.
Supervisory principles and practices.
Methods and techniques of research and analysis.
Principles of business letter writing, report preparation, and drafting of resolutions and ordinances.
Current literature, information sources and research techniques in the field of urban planning.
Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations underlying general plans, zoning, land divisions and environmental assessment, including but not limited to, California Coastal Act, Mills Act, Secretary of Interior Standards, State housing regulations, and Community Development Block Grants.
Architecture and landscape design.

Ability to:

Interpret & apply general and specific plans, zoning ordinances, coastal zone regulations, CEQA regulations, architectural guidelines, and other related development policies.
Read and interpret design level concept drawings to ensure conformance with land use and zoning regulations.
Select, supervise, train and evaluate professional, technical and support staff; oversee professional service contractors.
Research, compile and analyze a variety of complex data and draft guidelines, ordinances, procedures and related material.
Develop and present oral and written staff reports and policy recommendations to the Planning Commission, City Council and other groups as needed.
Communicate effectively and maintain effective, positive and harmonious working relationships with citizens, City officials, staff, and others regarding a variety of City policies, procedures and practices.
Provide excellent customer service to the general public, providing information and resolving inquires or complaints.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Draft clear and concise ordinances, policies, and regulations.
Maintain mental capacity which allows the capability of making sound decisions and demonstrating intellectual capabilities.
Maintain effective audio/visual discrimination and perception to the degree necessary for the successful performance of assigned duties.


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:


Five (5) years of increasingly responsible experience in municipal planning and community development. Due to the operational and service delivery needs of the department, applicants with recent, continuous, public agency municipal experience will be given first consideration.

This experience must include work applying knowledge of legal requirements of state, federal, and local zoning laws, in a progressively responsible Assistant and Associate Planner positions. Experience in coastal, historic preservation, and housing/CDBG areas are highly desirable.

This position will be supervising lower level professional, technical, and administrative planning staff, so supervisory experience and performance evaluation preparation experience is highly desirable.

Examples of Duties


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

Supervise the Long Range Planning responsibilities of the Planning Division to achieve assigned objectives and balance workloads.
Perform the most complex assignments, or directs the work of others involved in the preparation and review of long range planning projects.
Provide supervision to lower level staff to achieve assigned objectives and balance workloads.
Draft, amend and maintain City regulatory documents for consistency with federal, state and local laws.
Manage and implement housing, coastal, Community Development Block Grant and historic preservation programs.
Serve as environmental coordinator for Long Range Planning; prepare environmental documentation for planning projects; ensure that planning projects are reviewed in a manner consistent with the California Environmental Quality Act.
Administer contractual services for Long Range Planning Projects and other planning-related extension of staff.
Receive and respond to questions and inquiries from the general public, local business owners and developers; explain local land use policies and development procedures.
Conduct research, interpret data and prepare and present reports on development projects or policy issues to the City Council, Planning Commission, Design Review Committee, Human Affairs Committee and other boards as required.
Schedule meetings, prepare agenda items and provide policy interpretations as requested.
Stay abreast of new trends and practices in the field of urban planning through review of professional journals and through participation in training, conference and/or professional group meetings.
Make presentations to staff, committees and general public; educate parties on the impacts of planning projects or policy issues.
Meet and confer with developers regarding the City’s development review process; coordinate assigned planning projects including large tract maps, commercial projects, code amendments and general plan amendments.
Review plans for conformance with land use codes and policies as applied by the Planning Commission and City Council.
Review final plans and conduct field inspections of projects to determine compliance with Planning Commission and City Council actions and land use codes.
Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.