City Planner

City and County of Denver
Denver, Colorado
Application close date: 

The City & County of Denver currently has several City Planner openings (Principal City Planner-Urban Design; Sr City Planner-General; Sr City Planner-Urban Design; Sr City Planner-Historic Preservation). 

General Description for the Sr City Planner positions: 

Leads and participates on teams that prepare citywide plans, small area plans, and General Development Plans. This includes developing goals and objectives, policies, strategies and recommendations, bringing together land use, zoning, urban design, transportation, economic development, sustainability, and infrastructure. 

Implements plans in a variety of ways including translating planning policies into form-based zoning regulations and design guidelines, providing input on infrastructure design projects and fostering partnerships with other implementing agencies and organizations. This position has a specific focus on applying education and experience in zoning and other land use regulations to implement Denver’s adopted plans and policies. This includes a focus on managing amendments to the text of the Denver Zoning Code, and on processing requests for official map amendments (rezonings). 

Coordinates and manages complex planning and zoning projects which may include multi-agency/multi-jurisdictional efforts and may include overseeing the work of consultants and staff. This entails developing scopes of work, timelines, and budgets. Types of plans include citywide plans, small area plans and General Development Plans. 

Pro-actively engages the public in planning including through facilitating meetings, making effective presentations, and bringing together interested stakeholders to discuss proposed planning initiatives, assess obstacles, evaluate opposing views and interests, and determine areas of support. 

Examples of the type of projects include: 

• Managing regular text updates to the Denver Zoning Code based on staff and public feedback; 

• Managing rezoning cases initiated by private party applicants; 

• Managing and participating in legislative rezoning efforts such as converting (remapping) the city’s Former Chapter 59 (old-code) zoned lands to Denver Zoning Code zone districts and developing a form-based zone district for Urban Center Neighborhoods such as Arapahoe Square; 

• Writing General Development Plans; and 

• Preparing small area plans. 


Education Requirement: Master’s Degree in City or Regional Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture or a directly related degree. 

Experience Requirement: Minimum three years of professional experience in city or regional planning with demonstrated experience in developing citywide and/or small area plans and with demonstrated experience in drafting and implementing zoning and other land use regulations. This experience must include project management, public involvement, and project implementation. 

Preferred Experience: 

Experience working effectively with and managing multidisciplinary teams is essential. Excellent writing and broad communication skills are required. Regulatory drafting and related regulatory research and analytic skills are required. Graphic illustration, GIS, and data analysis (demographics, market/economic trends) skills are desired. AICP desired but not required. 

Education/Experience Equivalency: A combination of appropriate education and experience may be substituted for the minimum education and experience requirements. 

Licensure and/or Certification: Possession of a valid driver’s license at the time of application.