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Associate Planner

City of Calabasas
Calabasas, CA
United States
$6,269.00 - $7,289.00 per month


Applications are available on the City’s website at: or by calling 818-224-1600. Faxed or emailed applications and/or resumes are not accepted.

Summary Description: Under general direction, performs moderate to complex technical and professional level work in the field of current and advanced planning.

Essential Job Duties: The following tasks are essential for this position. Incumbents in this classification may not perform all of these tasks, or may perform similar related tasks not listed here.

1. Responds to inquiries, requests and complaints from the public in person at the public counter, and on the phone.
2. Gathers, analyzes and presents data in the form of written, graphic or oral reports for the use of the Director, Planning Commission, City Council, or special committees on a varied range of urban planning matters.
3. Processes land use and development permits, including but not limited to: reviewing applications, plans and technical documents; assuring compliance with the City’s General Plan, Zoning Code and Plans; assuring compliance with state and federal law; conducting site visits; facilitating meetings with internal and external agencies; serving as a liaison between the applicant and affected City departments, external agencies, neighborhoods, etc.; identifying potential impacts and appropriate mitigation measures; presenting cases to the decision making body with recommendations for approval/denial; and monitoring projects for condition compliance while under construction.
4. Processes amendments to the City’s Zoning Code, General Plan, Specific Plans and Master Plans.
5. Prepares reports on planning policies and long range planning activities.
6. Conducts assessments of environmental issues in accordance with state and federal guidelines.
7. Assembles a variety of information and data for the preparation of staff reports and studies.
8. Seeks and administers grants.
9. Performs other related duties as required.


Minimum Knowledge, Skill and Ability:

Knowledge of:

- Principles and practices of land use planning.
- Standard office computer software applications.
- Current trends in federal, state, regional and local planning.
- California Environmental Quality Act
- State subdivision map act and pertinent laws, ordinances and regulations governing planning.
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Skill and Ability to:

- Perform a wide range of professional planning work.
- Organize, conduct and present major planning research studies.
- Interpret and apply laws and regulations to a variety of planning projects.
- Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
- Evaluate architectural proposals and urban design/site plans.
- Write and review complex CEQA documents.
- Apply GIS in a planning environment to solve problems.
- Conduct site inspections.
- Perform plan checks.
- Assist the public with answers to planning questions.
- Make presentations to boards and commissions.

Training and Experience:

Any combination of training and experience that could likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills and abilities would be a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in planning, urban studies or a related field and three years experience in municipal planning.

Special Requirements: - Possession of a valid California driver's license.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:

- Requires the mobility to stand, stoop, reach and bend.
- Requires mobility of arms to reach and dexterity of hands to grasp and manipulate small objects.
- Requires the ability to stand for long periods.
- Requires the ability to walk long distances.
- Performs lifting, pushing and/or pulling which does not exceed 50 pounds.
- Subject to inside environmental conditions.
- May be required to use personal vehicle in the course of employment.
- May be required to attend periodic evening meetings and/or to travel within and out of City boundaries to attend meetings.
- May be required to work at a video display terminal for prolonged periods.
- May be required to work evenings or weekends.

Supplemental Questions:

1) Describe your experience in current planning as it relates to:  reviewing planning applications, plans and technical documents; coordination with applicants, consultants, city staff and the public; conducting detailed analysis; preparing and presenting detailed reports in writing and orally; and managing multiple projects.
2) Describe your experience preparing and/or reviewing environmental documents.  Please cite an example of a recent project where you prepared or reviewed an environmental document.

Please visit the City of Calabasas Employment Opportunities page at: for instructions on how to apply. The final filing date is September 1, 2019.


Published on:
August 12, 2019 - 1:15pm
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