Associate Planner

City of Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach, CA

Experience Level: Mid-Level

AICP Certification: AICP Not required

Salary: $85,116.00 - $108,624.00 Annually

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Under general direction, prepares reports on current and advanced planning projects; conducts environmental impact assessments in accordance with CEQA; reviews and analyzes proposals for conformance with Coastal requirements; reviews development plans for compliance with zoning and related requirements; conducts code and General Plan amendments and general planning studies; and performs other related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics:
This is the journey level classification in the professional planning series of Assistant Planner, Associate Planner, Senior Planner, and Planning Manager. Work performed at this level is distinguished from Assistant Planner by the complexity of assignments and greater independence with which the incumbent is expected to operate.


The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the class.

  • Conducts comprehensive studies for current and advanced planning projects; compiles and analyzes data on land use and other planning related topics.
  • Gathers information and objectively analyzes development proposals for Coastal Act compliance, use permits, variances, subdivisions, and other general development proposals and conducts physical inspections of job sites.
  • Performs graphic illustration work; prepares planning studies and reports; and conducts detailed review of development plans and projects for compliance with Municipal and related Codes.
  • Provides information and assistance to project applicants, consultants, other City and agency staff, and to the public via the telephone, email and at the service counter.
  • Prepares environmental assessment reports under the California Environmental Quality Act.
  • Reviews zoning violations and determines appropriate actions and performs periodic reviews of projects for compliance with conditions of approval.
  • Assists the public in the interpretation of zoning, coastal, State, and other mandated regulations.
  • Prepares and presents City boards, commissions, and committees and other agencies such as the California Coastal Commission. May occasionally lead meetings.
  • May be required to work shifts, weekends, and/or holidays.

Training and Experience: 

  • Requires a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major work in urban planning, architecture, engineering or related fields AND two (2) years of experience in municipal planning or related field. Master’s degree in a related field desirable.


  • Possession of a valid California driver’s license is required at time of employment.

Knowledge of: 

  • Principles and practices of urban planning. 
  • Code enforcement, building safety and traffic, the proper administrative procedures to be followed in implementing environmental studies. 
  • Record keeping procedures.

Ability to: 

  • Understand and visualize how development projects may impact the community in various ways in the short and long term. 
  • Including understanding and interpreting architectural and construction development plans. 
  • Conduct proper analysis of collective data and other input and to arrive at reasonable conclusions.
  • Make presentations before hearing boards; prepare comprehensive and analytical reports. 
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with City staff and officials, civic groups, and other agencies. 
  • Make clear and concise oral and written presentations. 
  • Operate computer hardware and standard office equipment. 
  • Use word processing, spreadsheet and plan checking and permits software.



Filing deadline for this recruitment is Friday, August 6, 2021.

All applicants will be screened in relation to the criteria outlined in this job announcement. Candidates will be reviewed and only those candidates determined to be most qualified on the basis of experience, training and education, as submitted, will be invited to participate further in the selection process.
The selection process will consist of the following component and weight: Oral Interview (100%)

If you need special assistance in the recruitment process please contact the Human Resources Department at (310) 802-5258.   

Posted July 8, 2021, 3:29 PM PDT

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