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Planning Technician

City of Sierra Madre
Sierra Madre, CA
United States
Professional Areas: 
Community Development
Public/Nonprofit Administration


Under direct supervision, assist professional planners in performing various planning and routine paraprofessional duties in a planning environment and perform related work as required.
The fundamental reason this classification exists is to administer specified planning activities including current planning, zoning and subdivision ordinances, advanced planning and the General Plan.

Examples of Duties

The following duties are normal for this position.   These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Reviews planning project and permit applications and plans for completeness and compliance with applicable codes;
  • Processes and approves applications and non-structural plans necessary for the issuance of a variety of permits;
  • Advises applicants regarding building, planning, and zoning information and proceedings;
  • Responds to customer inquiries related to planning, zoning, and building permit requirements, procedures, and policies, and other public information at the public counter, telephone, and electronic mail;
  • Calculates and collects fees;
  • Works with contractors and architects on routine zoning matters;
  • Maintains logs of plans and applications submitted;
  • Files, routes, and tracks applications and permit documents to City department staff and coordinates with other regulatory agencies;
  • Notifies applicants regarding plan corrections;
  • Issues a variety of permits;
  • Maintains public files and records and performs records searches;
  • Composes correspondences and prepares staff reports;
  • Conducts site inspections and field investigations;
  • Operates a computer workstation to input and retrieve information;
  • Works with supervisors and professional planners in more complex planning work;
  • Drives on City business;
  • Other duties as assigned.


Typical Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • Municipal planning and state housing law;
  • Functions and objectives of Federal, State and other local law planning agencies;
  • Principles of budget preparation and administration;
  • Pertinent Federal, State and local laws and ordinances that pertain to planning and housing legislation.
  • Organization and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of development programs, policies and operation needs;
  • Methods of effective report preparation and presentation;
  • Recent developments and practices in urban planning.

Ability to:

  • Comprehend a variety of reference books and manuals including city code manual, policies and procedures, and State codes;
  • Communicate effectively with subordinates, media representatives, peers, city department heads, and the general public orally and in writing.

General Abilities:

  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing;
  • Exercise good judgment, and sensitivity in response to changing situations and needs;
  • Knowledge of understanding the techniques of preparing plans, maps, graphs, and charts;
  • Basic zoning and planning concepts and codes;
  • Basic understanding of maps and plans;
  • Statistical, algebraic or geometric knowledge and ability to apply such knowledge in practical situations as applied to the calculation of fees and review of plans.
  • Record keeping and practices; office procedures and methods; skill in word processing, database, spreadsheet, and presentation software programs. 
  • Knowledge of Geographic Information Systems; 
  • Assess customer needs and make recommendations;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, fellow employees, and the public;
  • Work in a standard office environment with sit, stand and walk; 
  • exposure to outdoors in limited manner; travel to different sites and locations.

Associates degree or equivalent and one year of experience reviewing planning project or permit applications and plans; or two years of public counter or related experience in a planning department or similar public agency.  A bachelor's degree is preferred and may substitute for two years of experience.  
Licenses/Certificates/Special Requirements:
Possession of a valid California driver’s license: Class “C” or higher.


Supplemental Information

Equal Opportunity Employer
The City of Sierra Madre is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  In compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, the City of Sierra Madre will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

Published on:
April 19, 2021 - 12:17pm
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