Land Use Planner I

Portland, OR
United States
May 19, 2017
Professional Area: 
Civil Engineering
1-3 years
Salary Range: 
Commensurate with Industry Standards

This is a full-time entry-level position to provide geographic information system (GIS) and land use analytical support for planning, landscape architecture, and land development projects. The position will involve preparing land use narratives and land use application materials for development projects and providing land use research and analytical support for long-range subarea plans and master plans.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • Prepare GIS exhibits and conduct GIS-based land use analysis to support current and long-range planning efforts.
  • Research local, state and federal land use regulations to assist in site planning for development projects.
  • Prepare land use application packages for projects requiring rezones, conditional use, subdivision and site plan review requests. This includes preparing application checklists and coordinating with project team members to ensure the timely delivery of application materials, including traffic impact analyses, natural resource reports, geotechnical reports, arborist reports, economic studies, and other necessary application components.
  • Prepare land use narratives with well-organized findings that succinctly and effectively demonstrate project compliance with applicable jurisdictional review criteria.
  • Perform public outreach activities necessary to meet public notice requirements associated with land use applications and long range planning projects. This includes preparing site postings, public meeting announcements, and assisting in the coordination of public meetings.
  • Assist with project team and agency meetings by preparing meeting agendas and thorough meeting minutes for team and agency distribution.
  • Consistently exercise discretion and judgment in all work tasks.
  • Other duties may be assigned.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee is required to talk and hear. The employee is regularly required to stand; walk and use hands. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

To be successful in this position, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:
Baccalaureate degree in urban design, community planning, engineering, or related program and two years of work experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. A masters degree in urban planning and/or geography is preferred.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations :
Must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record.

Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
To be successful in this position, an individual must demonstrate the following:

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret scientific and technical journals. Ability to respond to inquiries or complaints from clients, co-workers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to effectively present information to clients, co-workers, and the public.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with abstract and concrete variables.
  • Exceptional technical writing skills and the ability to prepare thorough findings of compliance for land use application narratives. The ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects and competing deadlines.
  • The ability to clearly and effectively communicate with project team members in an informal setting and with the general public in formal public meetings.
  • The ability to thoroughly and thoughtfully analyze zoning codes and plan documents.
  • A desire and ability to present solutions to challenges revealed through land use research.
  • Competency in GIS as necessary to prepare land use maps and conduct analyses regarding buildable land, densities, and other relevant land use metrics.
  • Must be able to use Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook software.
  • Competency in ESRI ArcGIS software


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