Principal Planner

Principal Planner

  • February 8, 2022

Principal Planner

Job Description

The purpose of this position is responsible for planning, organizing, and implementing the City’s urban and community planning programs or current planning operations.  Responsibilities include research, preparation, and presentation of reports for such items as land use, urban design and precinct plans, zoning and subdivision regulations; directing studies related to neighborhood renewal, economic development, landscape planning and other physical planning; directing a systematic database, demographic projects, and ongoing evaluation of alternative planning strategies available to the City.  Depending on the position, responsibilities include managing either urban design planning initiatives or current City planning operations, supervising professional and technical personnel, and a variety of administrative and personnel-related work.  Work involves extensive contact with government officials, attorneys, public and private agencies, citizens, citizen groups, and other City departments.

This class works under administrative supervision, developing and implementing programs within organizational policies and reports major activities to executive level administrators through conferences and reports.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in urban or regional planning, community planning, landscape architecture, or a closely related field such as geography, public administration with studies in planning or growth management.

Requires five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in urban planning, urban design, or related discipline of which two years were at the supervisory level; or possession of any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which proves the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities. A Master’s degree may be substituted for two (2) years of experience. Possession of a valid American Institute of Certified Planners (ACIP) certification preferred.