Location: Denver, CO

Associate City Planner

Are you a passionate and creative and urban planner seeking to build community and shape the future of one of the country’s fastest-growing cities? Are you interested in working on the regulatory projects that help bring our plans to life? The City of Denver is seeking an Associate City Planner to join a tight-knit team of professionals who create the regulations and design tools that move our city forward. This position provides an opportunity to participate in meaningful efforts to promote equitable development in Denver within a fun and supportive workplace. If this sounds like a fit, we invite you to apply today!

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BUILDING COMMUNITY: Denver Community Planning and Development (CPD) is responsible for visionary city planning and ensuring safe, responsible, sustainable building. CPD regulates planning, zoning, development, and maintenance of private property in Denver. We're working hard to make Denver a great place to live, work and play! Visit and to learn more.

The City and County of Denver’s Community Planning and Development Department (CPD) is seeking a creative and detail-oriented Associate City Planner to fill a full-time position in our Planning Services Division’s Regulatory Planning team. In this position you will help review proposals to change the development rules for sites throughout Denver. You also could participate on teams that advance exciting and complex projects to implement Denver’s Comprehensive Plan 2040 and Blueprint Denver, our citywide land use and transportation plan. Work is typically performed with the direction and mentorship of team leaders and project managers such as senior and principal city planners in a collaborative, team-based environment.

Key Responsibilities

  • Researching and analyzing data to support Denver Zoning Code text amendments, design standards and guidelines, and long-range plans
  • Drafting plan recommendations, zoning, and other regulatory language
  • Creating draft code text, maps, graphics, and presentations
  • Collecting and analyzing socioeconomic, land use, transportation, and demographic data for planning and regulatory projects
  • Reviewing, examining, and interpreting applications for compliance with applicable codes, policies, and standards, which could include sign plans, urban design reviews, and rezoning's
  • Supporting public meetings including planning, preparation, and participation

Ideal Candidate

  • Commitment to integrating equity in planning
  • Experience working with zoning codes and other regulatory tools including sign codes
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience supporting interdisciplinary teams
  • Strong research and analytical skills; Highly organized with close attention to detail
  • Outstanding interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Self-motivated and motivated to help others
  • Familiarity with software used in Denver’s planning and regulatory implementation efforts, including Adobe Creative Suite (especially InDesign); GIS applications and Sketchup or other similar design visualization/evaluation software
  • Proficiency in the Spanish language a plus- speaking, reading and writing
  • Government experience a plus

Minimum Qualifications

  • Education: Bachelor's Degree in City or Regional Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Historic Preservation, Engineering, or a related field
  • Experience: Three (3) years of entry-level professional planning experience which includes participating and assisting in developing planning projects, goals, and guidelines and conducting planning studies and research in a variety of social, economic, and physical areas
  • Equivalency: One (1) year of the appropriate type and level of experience may be substituted for each required year of post-high school education. Additional appropriate education may be substituted for the minimum experience requirements.

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