Senior Strategic Planner - Project Designated

Adams County Government
Brighton, CO
United States
Professional Areas: 
Regional Planning
Experience Level: 
AICP Certification: 
$66,641.32 - $76,637.51 Annually

What Success Looks Like In This Job

In the summer of 2018, the Federal Aviation Administration approved the spaceport operator license for the Colorado Air and Space Port. This spaceport license is the only of its kind in Colorado, and only one of eleven in the United States. This unique designation is anticipated to draw significant development interest from around the world, so specific planning resources are being dedicated for the region around the facility. This is a new project-designated full-time position (PJF) whose primary focus and job function will be to support and organize planning and development efforts surrounding the Colorado Air and Space Port and the Aerotropolis area surrounding DIA in working with the municipalities of Adams County as the demand for such development continues to increase. This position will work collaboratively and strategically with Adams County Leadership, municipalities of Adams County developers, and other agencies to ensure responsible development of the area around Aerotropolis and Colorado Air and Space Port. The creation of this position delegates a specialized staff person available to fulfill this growing need and meet the planning and development demands associated with the expanding aerotropolis area.  Each of the Adams County cities involved in Aerotropolis has its own citywide vision plan, along with pre-existing land use and zoning laws.  For development to reach its maximum potential in the Aerotropolis and Colorado Air and Space Port, each jurisdiction will need to work together to formulate a strategy that works for all entities involved.

This position will be responsible for future and current land-use planning in and around the Colorado Air and Space Port and Denver International Airport within the Community and Economic Development Department. This individual will coordinate assigned activities with other divisions, outside agencies, and the general public. Provide highly responsible and complex staff assistance to the Community and Economic Development Director, Colorado Air and Space Port Director, Development Services Manager, Board of County Commissioners, Planning Commissions, and the Board of Adjustment.


Examples of Duties for Success


  • Senior Planner serves in a lead role to provide specialized expertise in developing comprehensive sub area plans, short-range plans, projects, and programs in the area to which assigned, prepares plans, reports, recommendations, and grant proposals; takes appropriate actions, and reports the results of the actions taken.
  • Develop a task force with each jurisdiction of Aerotropolis in formulating a development strategy and vision plan that will maximize potential for Aerotropolis and Colorado Air and Space Port.
  • Researching, analyzing, and interpreting complex development regulations and standards, as well as social, economic, and land use data.
  • Identifying the need for changes to processes, programs, policies, and systems. Proposing positive changes and helping with scoping projects to be completed within the department.
  • Conducting complex studies and needs assessments for the development of programs to address significant development issues.
  • Leading significant special projects within the department under the direction and guidance of the Development Services Manager.
  • Create land use plans for areas surrounding the Colorado Air and Space Port, as well as the county lands surrounding Denver International Airport.
  • Presenting issues of importance to county leadership and decision makers; making policy recommendations.
  • Assisting with the management of complex projects as assigned; negotiating with public or private entities; monitoring and making policy recommendations related to aerotropolis projects.
  • Serving as first point of contact for development interests for projects on or near the Colorado Air and Space Port and Denver International Airport.
  • Providing developers, companies, and other entities an understanding of the process for developing in Adams County.
  • Responding to and resolving difficult and sensitive citizen inquires and complaints with respect to current and comprehensive planning efforts that pertain to the Colorado Air and Space Port.
  • Assisting in the management of consultant projects; preparing requests for proposals, coordinating selection, and acting as project manager.
  • Manage development review process for land use applications on or near Colorado Air and Space Port and Denver International Airport.
  • Coordinating public participation on major projects; conducting outreach to encourage public participation; preparing news releases and public information; and facilitating public meetings.
  • Reviewing complex site development plans and building permit applications for conformance with adopted regulations and standards; writing staff reports and making presentations before the Board of County Commissioners, Planning Commission, and the Board of Adjustment.
  • Performing other related duties and responsibilities as required.


Qualifications for Success


  • Experience: Five (5) years of related practical planning experience or equivalent. Direct experience with airport/aerospace planning is strongly preferred.
  • Education and Training:
    • A Bachelor's Degree in Urban Planning, geography, economics, business, marketing, public administration or a related field is required.
    • A Master's Degree with an AICP designation is preferred and may substitute for two (2) years of the required experience.
    • With demonstration of exceptional abilities, candidates without an AICP designation may qualify for this position.
  • License or Certificate: Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Colorado driver's license.
  • Background Check: Must pass a criminal background check.
  • Other: Night time meetings may be required.


More Qualifications for Success

Special requirements include the following essential duties, which require these physical abilities and work environment:

  • Ability to sit, stand, walk, kneel, crouch, squat, and stoop.
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 45 pounds.
  • Exposure to outdoor weather conditions occurs on the job.
  • Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less).
  • Distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more).
  • Color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors).
  • Ability to adjust focus.
Published on:
May 16, 2019 - 8:10am
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