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Location: Palmdale, CA

Principal Planner

Salary: $95,243.20 - $121,555.20

Closing Date: 02/02/21 01:00 PM

DESCRIPTION:

THIS POSITION WILL BE FILLED PENDING APPROVAL BY CITY COUNCIL ON FEBRUARY 2, 2021.

The Principal Planner plans, supervises, coordinates, assigns, and participates in complex and difficult planning services related to advanced and current planning activities; oversees and manages contract service in these areas; performs the most complex planning work; performs a variety of professional duties relative to assigned area of responsibility.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS
This is the supervisory level in the professional planning class series. Positions in this classification perform the most complex professional planning work and supervise lower level professional and technical planning staff. Appointment to this level requires considerable knowledge of the development process and advanced planning.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED
The Principal Planner receives direction from the Planning Manager This position exercises direct supervision over professional, technical, and clerical staff.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Coordinate, supervise, and perform responsible planning work in the review of development proposals and long-range planning studies. Recommend and implement section goals and objectives; establish performance standards and methods for planning activities including preparation of a variety of planning reports and special studies including environmental impact reports and traffic studies. Serve as Chair of the City's Development Advisory Board. Attend meetings Job Bulletin Page 1 of 5 https://agency.governmentjobs.com/palmdale/job_bulletin.cfm?jobID=295222...... 1/12/2021 and facilitate the resolution of differences with developers.
  • Prepare complex reports on a wide range of planning issues; make presentations to the City Council, Planning Commission, developers, community groups, and outside agencies.
  • Supervise and participate in the review of complex development proposals for conformance to City standards; resolve disputes between the City and developers/property owners.
  • Participate in budget preparation and administration; prepare cost estimates for budget recommendations; submit justifications for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitor and control expenditures.
  • Participate in the selection of staff; coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; recommend discipline; implement discipline as directed.
  • Interpret and apply environmental quality laws and regulations to ensure that development, City projects, and Municipal Code amendments are in compliance.
  • Oversee the preparation of comprehensive plans, master plans, specific plans, and related plan components including utility plans, finance plans, environmental documents, annexations, and related activities.
  • Review and analyze development plans for compliance with the General Plan and zoning and City regulations and policies; direct the review of use permits, subdivision, rezoning requests, variance, and other land use entitlements.
  • Develop and recommend changes regarding zoning and the General Plan; write and present reports; advise the City Council and Planning Commission on zoning and planning matters; supervise the preparation of amendments to the text of the Zoning Code. Perform related duties assigned.

EXPERIENCE & TRAINING / LICENSE AND/OR CERTIFICATE:
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

  • Experience: Five years of progressively responsible experience in urban planning/design including one year in a responsible lead or supervisory capacity.
  • Training: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in urban planning or a closely related field.

LICENSE OR CERTIFICATE
Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California driver's license and Job Bulletin Page 2 of 5 https://agency.governmentjobs.com/palmdale/job_bulletin.cfm?jobID=295222...... 1/12/2021 legally required vehicle insurance. Must also be able to meet driving record standards set by the city's driving policy. Possession of Certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is desirable.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Knowledge of:

  • Practical planning methodology, urban development and operations, urban design, and basic land economics.
  • Current land use and urban design implementation.
  • Principles and techniques of project management and supervision.
  • Principles and practices of personnel administration.
  • Techniques of management and administration.
  • Development process, economics, practices, and procedures.
  • California development law, City planning and zoning codes, and other applicable federal, state, and local legislation.
  • Budgeting techniques.
  • Techniques of negotiation.

Ability to:

  • Assume responsibility for planning activities on multiple, diverse, and complex projects.
  • Supervise, evaluate, and train staff.
  • Demonstrate community relations skills; speak publicly and explain/interpret City practices and objectives to diverse public and private agencies, organizations, and individuals as required.
  • Prepare reports, proposals, and written materials of an analytical, budgetary, financial, technical, and evaluative nature.
  • Engage in complex planning design work.
  • Establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties.
  • Meet the physical requirements necessary to safely and effectively perform assigned duties.

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Mobility: frequent use of keyboard; frequent sitting for long periods of time; occasional climbing, bending, and squatting.
  • Lifting: frequently up to 10 pounds; occasionally up to 40 pounds.
  • Vision: constant use of overall vision; frequent reading and close-up work; occasional color and depth vision.
  • Dexterity: frequent repetitive motion; frequent writing; frequent grasping, holding, and reaching.
  • Hearing/Talking: frequent hearing and talking, in person and on the phone.
  • Emotional/Psychological: frequent decision-making and concentration; frequent public and/or coworker contact; occasional working alone.
  • Environmental: frequent exposure to noise.

WORKING CONDITIONS:
Work is performed in a typical temperature controlled office environment subject to typical office noise and environment. Positions may require occasional overtime; weekend work and travel is rare.

Learn more and submit your application here: https://www.cityofpalmdale.org/290/Job-Opportunities