Senior Planner

City of Vancouver
Vancouver, WA
United States
Professional Areas: 
Community Development
Experience Level: 
AICP Certification: 
$74,124 - $96,360

The purpose of this position is to perform advanced level professional planning work.  Review complex land use applications and proposals and shepherd cases through the approval process.  Conduct research on various land use topics and provide analysis and recommendations.
Position Status:  This is a full-time, regular, non-union, exempt position. 


  • Review complex land use applications and proposals including, but not limited to, subdivisions, site plans, planned developments, master plans, and development agreements, and evaluate for compliance with various local, state and federal requirements; shepherd cases through the approval process including presentations at public hearings if needed.  Meet with developers for pre-application meetings and to discuss plan deficiencies and remedies.
  • Conduct research, perform analysis and integrate completed work into composite reports or presentations of both narrative and graphic nature; present findings, analysis and recommendations to the hearing bodies, community groups or representatives of other agencies.
  • Participate in and/or attend community/citizen/advisory/commission and Council meetings to learn about the interest to the community and provide an interested presence.  Attend evening and weekend meetings as needed.
  • Initiate development and review of land use, transportation, development and environmental codes and other policies; writes and/or coordinates the review of code/policy language
  • Respond to inquiries and counsels customers on problems, questions, and complaints regarding the planning, zoning, housing, transportation, annexation, growth management and other land use and community planning issues.
  • Provide technical and functional direction to lower level professional staff.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience

  • Equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree urban planning, architecture, engineering, or related field.
  • Five (5) years  of related experience in planning, zoning, and/or related community development activities.  Experience with working with Washington State land use and environmental law preferred.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered

Computer Skills

  • Basic skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.

Required Licenses and/or Certifications

  • AICP Certification is preferred.

Published on:
February 7, 2018 - 9:13am
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