Planning Director

Town of Los Altos Hills, CA

Los Altos Hills, CA

Salary: $136,882 to $206,234

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Planning Director

Town of Los Altos Hills, California

The Town of Los Altos Hills is nestled in the scenic hills of northern Santa Clara County adjacent to the cities of Palo Alto and Los Altos and is located 35 miles south of San Francisco, 5 miles south of Stanford University and 17 miles north of downtown San Jose.  The Town of Los Altos Hills encompasses nine square miles, making it one of the smallest incorporated towns in Santa Clara County. The Town is primarily residential, with a population of approximately 8,300.  Many are drawn to this Town because of the beauty of the area - rolling hills, numerous creeks, densely wooded areas, and an extensive Pathway System comprised of 85 miles of beautiful trails and off-road paths that meander around and connect to most of the community. Combined with the natural beauty, physical assets and the determination of the residents to maintain their rural lifestyles, the Town remains one of the most beautiful and desirable residential communities in Northern California.

The Planning and Building Department is comprised of 7 staff and a budget of $3.5 Million and administers Site Development, Zoning and other policies, reviews proposed development for compliance with the General Plan, Zoning Ordinance and other polices and regulations, prepares long range planning and policy documents. Planning is also responsible for the administration and updates to the General Plan and Zoning Ordinance, conducting environmental review pursuant to CEQA and providing general customer service to the public.  Planning provides support to the Planning Commission and City Council on development and land use matters, and coordinates with the Environmental Design and ProtectionOpen Space, and Pathway committees in the review and processing of Site Development applications.

The ideal candidate will be a “hands-on” leader with the ability to lead the housing element update and policy amendments related to state housing legislation.  This candidate will be skillful at interacting with the public, responsive and diplomatic, patient, and understand how to balance planning principles with the Town’s commitment to work with the desires of the Los Altos Hills community. 

The annual salary range is $136,882 - $206,234 and is currently under review.  Appointment will depend on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.  In addition, the Town offers an attractive benefits package.


Please submit your cover letter and resume (including month/year of employment) via our website:

Peckham & McKenney, Inc.

Feel free to contact Maria Hurtado at (831) 247-7885 if you have any questions regarding this position or recruitment process.  Resumes will be acknowledged within two business days.


Filing Deadline:  August 13, 2021    


Posted July 12, 2021, 11:24 AM PDT

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