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About the job



Under general direction of the department/division head, the Senior Planner performs responsible administrative and professional planning work; provides lead direction of assigned staff engaged in performing duties in the research, compilation, analysis, and reporting of planning data for a geographical area or a particular project; assumes highly complex and critical planning assignments.


In assigned programs or projects, supervises and/or performs complex professional and technical planning duties as follows:

· Conducts research, analyzes findings and makes recommendations.

· Prepares environmental documentation; plans and coordinates action plans and activities pertaining to environmental impact reports.

· Reviews and analyzes development proposals for conformance to the assigned city's General Plan and Zoning and Development Standards Guidelines.

· Reviews plans with property owners, civic leaders and policy review boards.

· Attends offsite meetings.

· Performs site inspections.

· Prepares and presents required reports, including recommendations regarding development proposals, and cannabis related applications and development documents, to the assigned city's policy making bodies.

· Collects and analyzes planning data to be utilized in the review and restructuring of the assigned city's General Plan and the Zoning and Development standard documents.

· Supervises and coordinates long range planning activities.

· May coordinate public counter operations for the assigned city’s Planning Division.

· Supervises, trains and evaluates professional, technical and support staff.

· Performs other related functions as assigned.



· Four years of progressively responsible professional level experience in municipal or regional planning administration, two of which must have been in a lead capacity.


Education equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in urban planning, public administration or related field (a Master's degree preferred but not qualifying), or any equivalent combination of experience, training or education which provides the following listed knowledge, skills and abilities (extensive relative experience will be highly rated). AICP certification highly preferred.


Knowledge of:

· State General Planning Laws

· Municipal zoning ordinance administration

· California Environmental Quality Act

· California Subdivision Map Act

· Principles and practices of municipal planning

· Research methods and sources of statistical data

· Principles and practices of supervision

· Proposition 64 and related cannabis legislation

Ability to:

· Plan and organize special planning projects and programs

· Supervise, train and evaluate professional, technical and support staff

· Interpret laws and ordinances

· Analyze data and make sound recommendations

· Prepare comprehensive reports

· Clear and concise written and verbal communication skills

· Develop and maintain effective working relationships with developers, property owners business and community leaders, regulatory agencies, other city employees and the general public

· Speak, read and write Spanish – at a level sufficient to communicate with the public through face-to-face interaction (public counter, meetings), written notices and communications, and telephone and other voice over and telecommunications methods – although not mandatory, will be highly rated.


· Must possess and maintain a valid California Class C Driver's License as a condition of employment.


3060 Saturn St, Brea, CA 92821, USA

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