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Planner II/III

County of Napa
Napa, CA
United States
Salary: 
$82,576.00 - $113,588.80 Annually

THE POSITION

The list established by this recruitment will be used to fill one current, full-time vacancy, as well as future full-time, part-time, limited term, and extra help positions as they occur over the next 12 months. The department may choose to fill the vacancy at the II or III level, depending on the qualifications of the candidate pool.
 
Salary:

Planner II:
$39.70 - $47.64 Hourly
$3,176.00 - $3,811.20 Biweekly
$6,881.33 - $8,257.60 Monthly
$82,576.00 - $99,091.20 Annually
 
Planner III:
$45.43 - $54.61 Hourly
$3,634.40 - $4,368.80 Biweekly
$7,874.53 - $9,465.73 Monthly
$94,494.40 - $113,588.80 Annually
 
Planner II and III performs a variety of responsible professional planning duties in the field of current and advance planning; prepares, processes and presents environmental analysis reports, reviews technical reports, conducts zoning research, and prepares findings and planning agenda items; disseminates zoning/regulatory and permitting process information to the public and provides assistance to the public and developers on complex planning matters; and, as assigned, performs business process analysis and oversees interdepartmental permitting coordination and ensures the efficiency of the Department's permit tracking systems.
 
THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS
 

1. Applications will be screened at regular intervals as this is a continuous opening.

2. Applications will have their supplemental responses scored by subject matter experts beginning June 9, 2021 and tentatively every two weeks thereafter. Only the most qualified applicants from the scoring of the supplemental questions will be invited to participate in the Oral Panel Interview.
 
3. Oral Panel Interviews will take place as qualified applicants are identified. Only the most qualified candidates from the Oral Panel Interview will be placed on the eligible list and may be considered to fill positions for up to one year.
 
The Human Resources Department reserves the right to change the recruitment process at any time.    

EXAMPLE OF DUTIES

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.

Planner II:
Investigates issues involving planning problems/opportunities, legal and public relation concerns and prepares detailed presentations of findings and recommendations; conducts field investigations to verify compliance with County regulations and planning related citizen complaints; prepares and presents agenda items for the Zoning Administrator, Planning Commission, Wildlife Conservation Commission, and other advisory committees and public agencies, including environmental documents in support of agenda items; conducts comparative studies of land use, population characteristics, and economic activity; assists other staff in completing complex assignments, either individually or as member of a team; assists in public meeting coordination and facilitation related to specific projects as well as countywide planning issues and community policy development; issues citations for code and zoning violations; coordinates with legal counsel staff to prepare for enforcement hearing, litigation proceedings or other means of violation resolution; provides technical information to the public, developers, builders and property owners regarding permit processing, environmental review and zoning requirements; maintains Parcel Map Books and updates zoning changes authorized through adopted ordinances and resolutions; utilizes GIS software to identify the geography and natural resources associated with proposed development areas; and, prepares maps for general public and other County Departments/Agencies to visualize potential impacts of proposed individual and small developments.

Planner III (in addition to the duties assigned to a Planner II):
Prepares draft zoning code ordinances, Department policies; general plan reports and policy recommendations; prepares findings and recommendations for action on petitions for zoning changes and specific and/or general plan amendments; conducts research, compiles and analyzes potential project environmental/ecological and economic aspects of varying degree of complexity: prepare and/or coordinate the preparation of negative declarations (ND), mitigated negative declarations (MND) or Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs) for new vineyard projects, winery proposals, and other use permit applications; prepares and presents agenda items to the Planning Commission, Wildlife Conservation Commission, Board of Supervisors and other advisory committees and public agencies, including environmental documents in support of agenda items; provides training to less experienced staff; recommends alternate enforcement actions to complex zoning compliance issues; reviews and identifies impact of proposed zoning ordinances and resolutions; represents the Department as needed at meetings, commissions, committees, boards and public hearings; provides technical information and policy interpretation regarding zoning ordinances, legislation and regulations the public, contractors and other County staff; utilizes GIS and graphic software to conduct analysis and produce mapping of potential environmental impacts of proposed large or complex development activities; provide oversight of vendors/consultants performing mapping and other related services for the County; and, ensures all resource data and GIS data layers are updated with current information relative to planning matters and management of the County's natural resources.

TYPICAL QUALIFICATIONS

KNOWLEDGE OF:

Planner II:

  • Principles, practices and theories of land use planning.
  • General Plan development and implementation.
  • Environmental laws and policies.
  • State planning, map and zoning laws and their application.
  • California Subdivision Map Act.
  • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
  • California Planning Act and other state or federal legal requirements related to general land use planning.
  • State and local zoning ordinances and regulation guidelines.


Planner III (in addition to the qualifications of a Planner II):

  • General principles, practices and theories of land use planning, general plan development, zoning ordinance development, local regulations and code compliance and monitoring mechanisms.
  • Procedural requirements of the California State Planning Act, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), California Subdivision Map Act and other state and federal regulations that directly related to rural and urban planning.
  • Principles of leadership, supervision and employee training.
  • Knowledge of the specific technology and software used in assigned Unit and those systems and data used throughout the Department.
  • Technical reports related to the assessment of groundwater, traffic, archeological, biological, aquatic and other natural resources.

SKILL TO:

Planner II:

  • Compile and analyze technical and statistical information and data.
  • Apply applicable State and County laws and regulations to land use permit requests and planning projects.
  • Collect, analyze, interpret and apply data summary information to assigned planning projects.
  • Analyze planning and land use situations accurately, make recommendations and take effective action to resolve potential conflict.
  • Prepare and maintain clear, concise and complete records and reports.
  • Carry out assigned tasks and meet specific deadlines.
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Investigate multiple inquires and complaints and conduct multiple field inspections.
  • Utilize mapping software to produce visual representation of various GIS data layers to get a precise picture of the geography of identified land use projects.
  • Prepare reports for use in determining potential environmental impacts of proposed development projects.
  • Analyze environmental impacts; prepare necessary documents, studies, findings and recommendations for various development projects including minor zoning amendments and related planning documents.
  • Collect, analyze, tabulate and present land use, economic and other data summaries necessary to complete required work assignments.
  • Make effective presentations to Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission and other public and private agency meetings.
  • Prepare amendments to the General Plan and specific plans as needed
  • Independently perform routine investigations and inspections regarding possible or known code violations.
  • Prepare evidence and files for enforcement cases including testimony in court as necessary.
  • Use analytical software (GIS and others) to provide accurate projections of selected areas to identify sensitive resources, potential erosion, soil characteristics and slope stability to ensure proposed developments are planned for accordingly.

Planner III: (in addition to the skills of a Planner II):

  • Manage numerous projects simultaneously to meet multiple deadlines.
  • Plan workloads, schedule assignments, prioritize tasks, and assign projects; train other planning employees.
  • Prepare amendments to General Plan, specific plans or required elements thereof for assigned complex projects, which are difficult or high priority.
  • Analyze potential environmental impacts and related technical documents such as traffic impact analyses, groundwater availability analyses and biological reports; prepare necessary documents required for complex or large development or research projects, general plan amendments, zoning and ordinance revisions.
  • Coordinate consolidated efforts with other County departments and land use agencies to ensure potential impacts related to traffic, soil erosion, water supply, sensitive habitats/resources, historical preserves are considered and the public interest are represented when large, complex or controversial developmental plans are reviewed, approved and implemented.
  • Analyze environmental impacts; prepare necessary documents, studies, findings and recommendations for various development projects including minor zoning amendments and related planning documents.
  • Collect, analyze, tabulate and present land use, economic and other data summaries necessary to complete required work assignments.
  • Make effective presentations to Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission and other public and private agency meetings.
  • Independently perform routine investigations and inspections regarding possible or known code violations.
  • Prepare evidence and files for enforcement cases including testimony in court as necessary.
  • Use analytical software (GIS and others) to provide accurate projections of selected areas to identify sensitive resources, potential erosion, soil characteristics and slope stability to ensure proposed developments are planned for accordingly.

ABILITY TO:

Planner II:

  • Work cooperatively with the public, other departments and outside agencies.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others on staff.

Planner III: (in addition to the abilities of a Planner II):

  • Carry out assigned tasks and meet specific deadlines.
  • Communicate effectively in English both verbally and in writing.
  • Work cooperatively with the public, other departments and outside agencies.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with staff, other departments and agencies, the private sector and the public.
  • Use persuasion and diplomacy to achieve consensus and cooperation, especially on difficult or divisive issues.
  • Exercise initiative, ingenuity and good judgment in decision-making and in solving problems, including problem of a sensitive or political nature.
  • Work independently in the absence of close supervision.
  • Adapt quickly and appropriately to a variety of situations and personalities.
  • Communicate tactfully in stressful situations when dealing with individuals holding differing opinions and viewpoints.
  • Make appropriate decisions when faced with time constraints and limited information.
  • Remain flexible in adapting to changes in priorities, assignments and other interruptions that may influence pre-established timelines and courses of action for completing projects and assignments.
  • Work on multiple projects and assignments simultaneously.
  • Carry out assigned tasks to meet specific deadlines.
  • Work without immediate supervision.
  • Analyze situations accurately and take effective action.
  • Represent the County in an effective and professional manner.

EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills and abilities would be:

Experience:
Planner II: Two years professional experience in the planning field.

Planner III: Three years of responsible professional experience in the planning field or related field. (A Master's degree in planning or related field may be substituted for one year of the required experience.)

Education:
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in urban, regional, land use or environmental planning or related field.

License or Certificate*:
Possession of a valid California Driver's License.
Active membership in the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is preferred.
*Any license, certification, or registration required for this position shall be maintained (i.e. active and in good standing) at all times during employment with Napa County.  For continued employment with Napa County, you must maintain such license, certification, or registration to meet the minimum qualifications of this position.

ADA Accommodation:
Applicants requiring accommodation during the application and/or selection process pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act should contact County of Napa Human Resources at (707) 253-4303.    

Napa County is an Equal Opportunity Employer 

Published on:
May 27, 2021 - 12:11pm
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