Senior Planner

City of Grand Junction
Grand Junction, CO
United States
$31.87 - $44.62 Hourly

Under the direction of the Community Development Director, perform advanced professional level duties in the development, implementation and modification of City plans and regulations.

Primary Duties

  • Provide information and assistance to City staff, the general public, and consultants/developers regarding City plans, zoning matters and development requirements; conduct pre-application meetings with engineers, developers, architects, general public and City staff regarding the development process and requirements.
  • Perform complex planning and development review of major and minor subdivisions, site plans, right-of-way and easement vacations, annexations, major code amendments, and other permits or processes to ensure compliance with all requirements; provide recommendations on development proposals; assist developers to ensure all requirements are complied with in established time frames; inspect development sites to ensure compliance.
  • Serve as staff on a variety of boards, commissions and committees involved in the development, adoption, and implementation of City plans and planning regulations; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence; provide staff input and recommendations.
  • Participate in code administration; interpret City ordinances, zoning and development codes, and state and federal regulations regarding community development; conduct research of applicable statues/regulations and other planning examples; develop text amendments and related ordinances; recommend policy and guideline changes. 
  • Process annexation petitions; coordinate annexation petition/annexation legal description and impacts of annexation with other City departments; complete annexation impact report and determine statutory compliance with State annexation laws.
  • Conduct and/or act as project manager for long range and special planning studies in the community; gather data for evaluating current and advance planning projects; research applicable statutes, laws, and regulations to identify planning guidelines and restrictions placed on local planning activities by state and federal authorities.


Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in planning or related field and three years of increasingly responsible urban planning and development experience.  Other combinations of experience and education that meet the minimum requirements may be substituted.

Knowledge of: CDBG regulations and monitoring requirements of sub-recipients receiving Block Grant funds. CDBG goals and strategies of the City. Operations, services and activities of a community planning and development program. Advanced principles and practices of urban planning, zoning and development. Principles and practice of project management. Recent developments, current literature and sources of information related to municipal planning and administration. Principles and practices of grant funding and contract administration. Principles and practice of zoning ordinance administration and enforcement. Methods and techniques of effective technical report preparation and presentation. Methods and techniques of eliciting community participation in planning and development issues. Research methods and sources of information related to urban growth and development. City development review procedures and requirements. Modern office procedures, methods and equipment including computers and supporting word processing and spreadsheet applications. Historic preservation laws, regulations, and programs. Transportation planning principles and practices. Pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations.

Ability to:  Develop, implement, and administer CDBG programs. Perform advanced professional level duties in the development, implementation and modification of city plans and regulations. Provide staff support to assigned commissions or committees. Interpret, apply, and explain pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, grant programs, codes and regulations. Process development applications and coordinate necessary communication between staff, developer, and other agencies. Analyze site design, terrain constraints, circulations, land use compatibility, utilities, and other urban services. Identify and suggest needed changes to City codes, standards, procedures. Prepare and analyze technical and administrative reports, statements and correspondence. Present technical data, in verbal, written, graphic and map form, to a variety of boards and commissions. Serve as project manager for complex planning projects or studies. Utilize specialized computer applications applicable to planning design and review. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Physical Conditions:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit for prolonged periods. The employee is regularly required to see, hear, talk, stand, twist and use repetitive motions in the conduct of work. The employee is also required to perform light lifting

For hearing/speech/visually impaired, dial 711 (TTY). Contact Human Resources with questions at 970-244-1512. EOE.

Published on:
April 12, 2019 - 1:46pm
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