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Senior/Associate Planner

City of Glendora
Glendora, CA
United States

The City of Glendora seeks a planning professional to join the Community Development team in the role of Senior Planner or Associate Planner (Depending on Qualifications). This exciting and multi-faceted position calls for someone who leads and participates in presentations to City Council, the public and Planning Commission and other stakeholders with great integrity and tactfulness; works independently and with little supervision. This is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to step into a lead role and make an impactful contribution to the City of Glendora and the community it serves.

The ideal candidate will be innovative, results-oriented and will have knowledge of the California Environmental Quality Act, Subdivision Map Act, Planning and Zoning Law, Site Planning and Architectural Review; advance planning and municipal experience. GIS experience is a plus!  

Under limited supervision, performs complex professional work in current and long-range planning related to the implementation of the General Plan goals and programs of the Planning department; performs related duties as assigned.

Some of the typical duties of the Senior Planner include but are not limited to:

  • Collects and analyzes statistical and other data relating to land use, housing, population distributions and projections, economic studies and projections; conducts surveys and compiles data relating to zoning development for compliance with ordinances and regulations and policies established by the Planning Commission and the City Council; assists in preparing comprehensive current and long-range plans for subdivision and zoning activities, land use and community design.
  • Organizes and manages planning activities for the City's long-range planning objectives, including, but not limited to, the following: preparation of advance planning reports and studies including land use, zoning, population, housing and environmental impacts; conduct current and long-range planning, zoning and subdivision review; conduct special research and/or support service assignments; maintain and update the general plan and zoning codes.
  • Acts as a project manager to secure the zoning entitlements and environmental clearances for significant current development projects and long-range planning programs.
  • Develops requests for proposals; manages consultant contracts associated with assigned planning and policy studies; develops work programs and methodologies and establishes project schedules.
  • Assists the Community Development Director in projecting budget and staff requirements for the City's planning functions, and in consultation with the City Planner, establishes objectives, priorities and schedules for planning and long-range planning.
  • Plans and conducts public information meetings on planning matters; researches, writes and presents zoning code and general plan amendments; represents the Community Development Department at public meetings and in matters before the Planning Commission and City Council.
  • Prepares and/or supervises the preparation of environmental impact analysis on General Plan Elements, Zoning, design guideline and policy revisions, legislative actions or land use entitlements requiring discretionary approval.

Some of the Typical Duties of the Associate Planner include but are not limited to:

  • Conducts assignments involving current and long range planning projects; confers with applicants and agency representatives to identify problems; evaluates data and proposes methods to resolve conflicting issues of plan implementation, zoning requirements, and environmental impact.
  • Evaluates current development projects by detailed review of plans for architectural, zoning and general plan requirements; performs field surveys to identify problems and upon completion of projects to ensure conformance with applicable requirements, discusses recommendations with builders, developers, architects, and real estate professionals.
  • Contributes to the review and revision of local ordinances; conducts research; prepares planning reports including staff reports, EIR’S, negative declarations and special studies.
  • Confers and advises architects, engineers, attorneys, developers, and the general public regarding City development procedures and processes.
  • Responds to inquiries, both orally and in writing; applies planning policies, state laws and local ordinances, or explains procedures; provides assistance to the Planning Commission, City Council, and other committees and commissions; attends Planning Commission meetings; prepares staff reports including graphic presentations; make presentations to the Planning Commission, City Council and other committees.
  • Coordinates planning activities, special studies, and reports with consultants, other departments, state, county, and federal agencies; schedules project review committee meetings to solicit preliminary review comments from affected departments.
  • Reviews business licenses for compliance with zoning; negotiates contracts and prepares agreements; monitors contract provisions; coordinates financing provisions with the Finance Department; ensures compliance with applicable laws.
  • May have lead supervision over interns, professionals, and technicians.

For a complete job description of the Senior Planner position click here.

For a complete job description of the Associate Planner position click here.


Education and/or Experience

Senior Planner: Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent with major coursework in planning, public administration, geography, architecture, or a closely related field and four years of progressively responsible professional experience in local government in the field of Planning, including one year of supervisory experience and one year in advance planning.

Associate Planner: Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent with major work in planning, architecture, environmental design, landscape architecture, or a related field and two years of related work experience.

Knowledge and Skill Levels

Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of planning; related state and federal laws, ordinances, rules and regulations; the California Environmental Quality Act; Subdivision Map Act; site planning and architectural review; building and engineering principals; ability to read plans and maps including grading plans.  The Senior Planner will some knowledge of the principles and practices of employee supervision.

Special Requirements

Possession of or ability to obtain a Class C California driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record

Selection Process:  All applications will be reviewed and evaluated.  Those candidates who are determined to be best qualified based upon the information presented on the application materials will be invited to continue in the selection process which may include a qualifying written or performance evaluation and will include an interview weighted 100%.



A completed online employment application is required and must be submitted at Incomplete, late, emailed, faxed, and hard copy applications are not accepted. Resumes are not considered in lieu of the required employment application available at CalOpps. Certificates, resumes, and cover letters must be uploaded with your application on the CalOpps website.  The City of Glendora is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  The City does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, religion, national origin, marital status, medical condition or disability.  Please notify the Human Resources Department in advance if you require special accommodations to participate in any phase of the selection process.

Published on:
September 20, 2019 - 4:43pm
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