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Associate Planner

City of Vallejo
Vallejo, CA
United States
Professional Areas: 
GIS / Technology
Planning Law
Regional Planning
Urban Design
Zoning Administration
AICP Certification: 

The City of Vallejo is located in Solano County and has a population of approximately 121,000 residents. Vallejo is a rapidly changing, highly diverse community located midway between the cities of San Francisco and Sacramento. It is a friendly, active waterfront community that attracts innovative, hardworking people and takes great pride in its 148-year history and maritime heritage. Residents of Vallejo are situated to take advantage of the best of what the area has to offer. Golf, museums, performing arts, boutique shopping, brewpubs and a wide selection of restaurants are all available in Vallejo. Residents and visitors alike enjoy Vallejo's delightful historical downtown area, weekly downtown farmer's market, and beautifully restored Victorian homes and business facades. Vallejo is also home to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, one of America's only combination wildlife, oceanarium and theme parks.

The Planning and Development Services department is organized across three divisions: Planning (Current Planning and Advanced Planning), Building, and Administration. The Department provides several vital services to the Vallejo community, including long-range planning for future City development; processing building and land use applications; facilitating the development review process; issuing permits and inspecting for code compliance; facilitating green building practices; as well as other policy work as required.

With the recent adoption of General Plan 2040 and undergoing a new zoning code update, it is an exciting time to join the City of Vallejo's Planning Department! For more information on General Plan 2040 and the City's current and long-range Planning, please visit Planning's webpage. 

This recruitment is being conducted to fill three full-time vacancies. The list established by this recruitment may be used to fill future full-time, part-time, limited term, and temporary vacancies for up to one year.

The City of Vallejo is seeking candidates for three Associate Planner positions, as collaborative members of the City's Planning and Development Services Department. This position serves as an integral role reviewing current planning applications and stewarding advanced planning work program items, and offers a unique opportunity for an individual interested in a variety of topics including progressive mixed-use redevelopment in a culturally-significant community. 

The incumbent in this position will perform professional and technical level work in the field of current planning; will support advanced planning; and provide information and assistance to developers, the business community and the public on planning, zoning, resource management, GIS, historical preservation and development related matters.

Associate Planner - This is the full journey level class within the professional planning series. Employees within this class are distinguished from the Assistant Planner by the performance of the full range of duties as assigned including responsibility for the application of professional knowledge and skills to various municipal planning, zoning and development problems and projects. Responsibilities include the preparation of specific reports and plans with opportunity for independent judgment in planning work details and making technical determinations. Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise, and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit. Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled from advancement from the Assistant level, or when filled from the outside, requiring prior planning experience.

Receives direction from the Planning Manager.

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

  • Research, analyze and interpret social, economic, population and land use data and trends; prepare written reports on various planning matters and elements of the general plan.
  • Conduct studies and needs assessments for the development of programs to address significant development issues.
  • Confer with and advise architects, builders, attorneys, contractors, engineers, and the general public regarding City development policies and standards.
  • Prepare initial studies; assist in preparing or reviewing environmental impact reports.
  • Compile information and make recommendations on special studies and prepare planning reports.
  • Review development proposals and applications for compliance with appropriate regulations and policies; prepare reports of recommendations.
  • Assist in preparing staff reports for the Planning Commission, various committees and advisory boards as directed; prepare research, reports, maps, and conduct public hearings.
  • Check commercial, industrial and residential development plans for issuance of zone clearance; process permit applications and calculate appropriate fees.
  • Research and draft ordinances for review.
  • Collect, record and summarize statistical and demographic information; establish and maintain a comprehensive database.
  • Participate in the implementation and promotion of the City's resource management program; research recycling and waste disposal options and alternatives and make recommendations; respond to questions from the public pertaining to program.
  • Participate in coordinating City planning and development related activities with outside departments.
  • Answer questions and provide information to the public; investigate complaints and recommend corrective action as necessary to resolve complaints concerning the City's planning function.
  • Implement and enforce the City's General Plan and Zoning Ordinance; answer questions of the public; check plans for compliance; conduct follow-up inspections and rechecks as required.
  • Inspect properties and structures for compliance with current City zoning codes and regulations; recommend improvement and rehabilitation programs; identify corrective actions to be taken by owner.
  • Carry out a variety of operational and administrative activities such as preparation of annual budgets and the development and implementation of Departmental policies and procedures.
  • Assist in long range planning projects.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.

Knowledge of:

  • Basic principles and practices of urban planning and development.
  • Basic site planning and architectural design.
  • Modern office methods, practices, procedures and equipment including a computer.
  • Principles and practices of urban planning and development.
  • Site planning and architectural design.
  • Current literature, information sources, and research techniques in the fields of planning, zoning, resource management and historical preservation.
  • Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes and regulations including applicable environmental laws and regulations.
  • Modern office methods, practices, procedures and equipment, including computer hardware and software necessary for graphic presentation, mapping and database management.
  • Current social, political planning and economic trends.
  • Research and reporting methods, techniques and procedures.

Ability to:

  • Learn laws underlying general plans, zoning and land divisions.
  • Learn applicable environmental laws and regulations.
  • Learn about current literature, information sources, and research techniques in the field of urban planning.
  • Learn to interpret planning and zoning programs to the general public.
  • Learn to analyze and compile technical and statistical information and prepare reports.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Interpret planning and zoning programs to the general public.
  • Effectively administer a variety of land use and development programs and activities.
  • Analyze and compile technical and statistical information and prepare reports.
  • Identify and respond to public and City Council issues and concerns.
  • Interpret and apply Federal, State and local policies, procedures, laws and regulations.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Perform professional planning work with a minimum of supervision.
  • Analyze and compile technical and statistical information and prepare reports.
  • Enforce ordinances and regulations effectively and tactfully.

Experience and Training Guidelines
Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Two years of responsible urban planning experience.

Equivalent to a Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban planning, public or business administration, or a related field.

Published on:
August 12, 2019 - 9:47am
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