Assistant Planner/Code Compliance Officer
Position Summary:Under general supervision of the Community Development Director, perform a variety of professional current and long range planning duties, including day to day administration of planning ordinances, project environmental review, and preparation of technical reports; performs skilled work in the investigation, inspection and enforcement of City codes; performs related work as assigned.
Typical Duties and Responsibilities:
These examples are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed in positions allocated to this class. The examples of work performed are neither restricted to nor all-encompassing of the duties to be performed under this job title.
- Responds to public inquiries received by telephone or personal contact in matters pertaining to planning, zoning, and related policies.
- Review development proposals and other requests made to the Community Development Department for conformance with appropriate regulations; prepare reports and make recommendations.
- Prepares planning reports and develops agenda material for Planning Commission and City Council meetings.
- Conducts Initial Studies and prepares basic environmental documents (Exemptions, Negative Declarations, etc.) pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
- Collects and records land use data, and prepares base maps, zoning maps, charts, and graphs.
- Performs field work and site visits (occasionally in extreme weather conditions) to fully comprehend, analyze, and document development proposals.
- Coordinates the receipt of inquiries regarding zoning and municipal code violations.
- Documents violations and ensures that accurate case files are maintained.
- Conducts follow-up procedures including the preparation of additional correspondence, site visits, communication with complainants, attorneys, and property owners involved in code violation cases.
- Prepares required documentation for legal actions and conducts follow-up once legal activities have been initiated; appears in court as a City representative.
- Confers with planning, building, and other staff, and the City Attorney regarding complaints to clarify interpretation of the law and procedures to be followed, particularly those referred for prosecution.
- Encourages voluntary compliance by property owners of code requirements.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Desirable Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
- Principles, methods and procedures of governmental planning and zoning.
- Federal, state and local laws, codes and ordinances related to city planning, zoning and environmental analysis.
- Functions of other governmental agencies involved in the planning process.
- Modern office practices, procedures, equipment (computers), programs, and techniques.
- Work under pressure.
- Prepare clear and comprehensive letters and reports.
- Establish and maintain cooperative and productive working relationships with the public and staff.
- Work independently while maintaining a high level of productivity.
- Work in a well organized detailed manner and meet deadlines.
- Compose planning reports, technical studies, and other planning-related documents with little supervision and editing input from supervisor(s).
- Interpret technical and legal documents related to planning.
- Operate word processing and graphic computer programs.
- Read, interpret, apply, and explain related laws, ordinances, rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
- Research technical topics and prepare detailed concise written reports.
- Deal constructively with conflict and develop effective resolutions.
- Deal professionally and effectively with the public when enforcing zoning, building, and other codes.
- Operate a motor vehicle safely and according to traffic laws and rules.
- Perform fieldwork that may be physically demanding.
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university in urban or regional planning, or a related field.
- Two years of progressively responsible related experience in city, county or regional planning.
- Must possess and maintain a valid California Class C Driver License and satisfactory driving record. Out of state valid motor vehicle operator's license will be accepted during the application process.
- One (1) additional year of qualifying experience may be substituted for the required academic major.
Desirable Experience/Education Special Requirements:
- Experience performing enforcement work consisting of the inspection of violations of laws, codes, or ordinances for a public agency is highly desirable.
- Experience using GIS software to create reports and maps.