Planner I and Planner II

City of Wheat Ridge, CO
Professional Area: 
Community Development and Redevelopment
Experience: 
1-3 years
Contact person: 
Barbara Davis
Phone: 
303-235-2814
Fax: 
303-235-2814
Email: 
bdavis@ci.wheatridge.co.us
Location: 
Wheat Ridge, CO
Positions are open until filled. Interviews will be conducted periodically and may begin with phone interviews.

Entry or Mid-level professional planner position in the Community Development Department responsible for assisting with various aspects of the City's planning programs, development and implementation of the zoning and development code of laws, urban design.

ATTACH A COYP OF A WORK DESIGN PRODUCT AND A REPORT WHICH REPRESENTS YOUR DESIGN AND WRITING SKILLS.
 Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The following duties are illustrative only and are not intended to be all inclusive:

Analyze existing zoning and development codes, including making recommendations, writing code revisions/changes/ additions as well as coordinating the public involvement process, demographic research, surveys and assessments, data collection and analysis, public meeting presentations and facilitation and drafting of plan text. Analyze urban design of the city including the arrangement and design of buildings, public spaces, transport systems, services, and amenities.

Assist with the development and implementation of sub-area plans including: development of overlay zones, design guidelines, property research, formation of community organizations and innovative programs and projects to implement long-range plans. Includes collaboration with other city departments, community organizations, neighboring jurisdictions and regional agencies.

May assist in maintaining and updating the Comprehensive Plan and suggesting revisions to the plan.  Perform as case manager on routine, complex and difficult zoning and subdivision cases which includes: consultation with applicant, public notification, coordination with other departments and service providers, analysis of application with respect to the City's regulations, requirements of service providers, and professional best practices.

Write reports summarizing analysis and recommendations and present to the appropriate board, commission and/or City Council.Advise citizens, applicants, co-workers, superiors, other departments and Board and Commission members on zoning and planning regulations, policies, and procedures, serve as "Planner of the Day" on a rotating basis. Customer service skills to work with tact and diplomacy with diverse constituents and difficult customers.

Review, interpret and analyze building permits for compliance with zoning requirements; review sites for verification of development completion according to approved plans; verify zoning and land use for sales tax and business license applications; analyzes code requirements with reference to alleged violations and complaints and write and issue summonses for compliance; may include appearance in court.

Create specific informational maps for reference and publication, which may include analysis and development of new data layers and aerial maps. Compose, layout and release new public informational documents. Serve as project manager on special projects as assigned.

Attend evening meetings and make presentations to the relative boards, commission(s), and City Council.

Planner I:
Management of pre-application process including review of submittals, preparation and distribution of materials, preparation of exhibits and preparation of meeting minutes.

Assist in the preparation of special reports; conduct background research and/or analysis for short-term, long-term, and special projects as assigned; make changes to or create forms, pamphlets, or checklists to assist the public; revise, update, and create when needed official zoning maps; maintain files of permanent mapping records.

Manage mapping and informational resources, maps, and databases for the Long-Range and Current Planning Divisions. This includes maintaining, revising and updating data layers and zoning, comprehensive plan future land use, district and informational maps and facilitate changes to the official zoning maps and managing official City Mylar records.

The Planner II position will perform the duties of a Senior Planner in their absence. Perform related work as required and assigned.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:
Works under the direct supervision of a Senior Planner.

INDEPENDENCE OF ACTION:
Work is performed within authorized limits prescribed by the supervisor and/or policy. Exercises independent judgment in selecting and interpreting information, handling deviations from standard methods and resolving problems. Finished work is reviewed for attainment of objectives and adherence to deadlines. Supervisor is available to assist in solving problems.
 Minimum Training and Experience Required to Perform Essential Job Functions:
These positions primarily work indoors completing tasks such as reading material, writing reports, papers, correspondence and other documents. This portion of the job will require acute mental skills, a lengthy attention span and involves sitting, walking, and standing. Work requires a high degree of manual skill, the ability to hear, focus on close work, and use hands to fingers. Environment when requiring outdoor activity, involves occasional exposure to slippery or uneven walking surfaces, dust, dirt, heat, and cold. The ability to communicate in a clear and concise manner both in writing and verbally are essential to this position.

Planner I:
QUALIFICATIONS:

Knowledge: - Modern planning principles and practices, land use principles and practices including zoning and subdivision; statistics and standards; computers, database, word processing, CAD and GIS programs, drafting principles, practices and equipment; working knowledge of legal principles and Colorado Revised Statutes as they apply to the job.

Skills: - Demonstrated skill in the operation of equipment necessary to perform the functions of the job. Customer service skills to work with tact and diplomacy with diverse constituents and difficult customers. Analytical skills to review applications relative to applicable local/state/federal laws. Public speaking skills.

Abilities: - Carry planning assignments to completion; analyze and systematically compile technical and statistical information; read and interpret plans, regulations, maps, and written communication; operate personal computer and various software (Windows NT; Microsoft Office suite, AutoCAD version 14, preferably Adobe Creative suite, and ArcGIS and Arcview); develop and maintain effective working relationships; communicate effectively, orally, written and graphically.

EVIDENCE OF QUALIFICATIONS:
Training – Bachelor's degree in planning or related field required; Master's degree preferred.
Experience - Minimum of one (1) year experience in planning is required. orAny equivalent combination of training/experience that demonstrates possession of required knowledge, skills, abilities.

Planner II:
QUALIFICATIONS:

Knowledge: - Modern comprehensive urban design and land use planning principles and practices; legal principles of land use including but not limited to zoning and subdivision regulations and best practices; statistics and standards; general office computer software, including the following: database, spreadsheets, word processing and presentation software as contained in the Microsoft Office platform; geographic information systems (GIS) or computer aided design; preference for knowledge of map making and graphic principles, practices and equipment, including desktop publishing. Knowledge of urban design and the ability to blend architecture, landscape architecture, and city planning together to make urban areas functional and attractive.

Skills: - Demonstrated skill in the operation of equipment necessary to perform the functions of the job. Strong customer service skills to work with tact and diplomacy with diverse constituents and difficult customers. Analytical skills to review applications relative to applicable local/state/federal laws and to identify creative solutions to challenging planning zoning issues. Public speaking skills required.

Abilities: - Carry planning assignments to completion; analyze and systematically compile technical and statistical information; read and interpret plans, regulations, maps, and written communication; write staff reports, plans and plan implementation documents; present at and facilitate varied types of public meetings; operate personal computer and various software (Windows NT; Microsoft Office 2003 suite, AutoCAD version 14 and preferably ArcGIS and Arcview 3.X); develop and maintain effective working relationships; communicate effectively, orally, written and graphically.

EVIDENCE OF QUALIFICATIONS:

Training - Bachelor's degree in planning or related field required; Master's degree preferred.
Experience - Minimum of five (5) years experience in urban design and land use planning for a municipal agency required; however, a Master's degree in Urban Planning may substitute for two (2) years experience
or
Any equivalent combination of training and experience that provides evidence that the applicant possesses the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
 Supplemental Information:
Possess a current and valid Colorado Driver License or ability to obtain within thirty (30) days from date of hire. Must meet city policy standards pertaining to driver's license requirements.

Expectations
All team members are expected to adhere to the organizational values of ACTION and are responsible for contributing to the achievements of the organization and department. Team members are expected to continue to grow professionally and to apply their learning to their job setting.

An Equal Opportunity Employer
It is the policy of the City of Wheat Ridge not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender, age, national origin or disability, unless related to a bona fide occupational qualification. The City of Wheat Ridge will consider reasonable accommodations for employment to qualified applicants UPON REQUEST to the Human Resources Office.