Town of Windsor, Planning Manager

Under general direction the Planning Manager plans, manages, coordinates, and supervises work activities of staff in the Planning Division within the Community Development Department; participates in advanced, highly-complex professional planning activities and projects, and provides overall management of division-related planning matters.


  • Plan, prioritize, assign, supervise, review, and participate in the work of staff responsible for providing day-to-day services and activities in an assigned section and/or functional area in the Planning Division including in the areas of current or advanced planning, zoning administration, housing, and/or special projects, code enforcement and environmental review activities.
  • Coordinating special planning studies and providing overall direction to the planning and development review process and coordinating the process with other agencies, divisions and Town departments; preparing or overseeing the preparation of staff reports, resolutions, research reports and other material for presentation to advisory bodies and to meet state and federal agency requirements.
  • Participates in and assists with the development and administration of departmental budgets.
  • Serves as project manager for multiple complex current and/or long-range planning projects and special planning studies.
  • Interprets and applies federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations to ensure that public and private projects are in compliance, including the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Subdivision Map Act, Public Resource Code, General Plan, Specific Plans, Design Specifications, and Local Guidelines and procedures.
  • Conducts plan check of improvement plans and maps related to development projects, as well as building permit-level plan submittals associated with complex projects to verify compliance with project approvals and zoning requirements; conducts over-the-counter plan check of less complex development proposals and land uses; approves minor development plans.
  • Coordinates project reviews by other Town departments and outside agencies and consultants.
  • Evaluates the conclusions of initial studies, mitigated negative declarations, environmental impact reports, and uses the evaluation to formulate a recommendation on projects; monitors project compliance with environmental document mitigation measures and conditions of approval.
  • Manage and staff assigned boards, commissions, and committees involved in the development, adoption, and implementation of Town plans and planning regulations including the Planning Commission.
  • Plans, oversees, and participates in the development and administration of the Affordable Housing and Energy Efficiency programs; insures that programs comply with federal and state laws, regulations, and reporting requirements.
  • Attend meetings of the Town Council, Planning Commission, various boards and committees, and public hearings; prepare and present staff reports; advise members and citizens on matters relating to planning activities, development, and ordinances.
  • May serve as Acting Community Development Director in the Director’s absence.


  • Modern principles, practices, and technical and legal issues of urban and regional planning, zoning, urban economics, demographics, and environmental planning and program management.
  • Principles, practices and methods of supervision, training techniques, personnel management, leadership, organizational and operational control;
  • Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, ordinances, and organizational policies and procedures relevant to assigned area of responsibility.
  • General concepts of architecture, landscaping, grading, drainage, traffic, and transportation engineering as they relate to the process of urban planning.
  • Project management and contract administration principles and techniques.
  • Research and reporting methods, techniques, and procedures.
  • Geographic, socio-economic, transportation, political, environmental, and other elements related to town planning.
  • Recent developments, current literature, and sources of information related to planning, zoning, and environmental review.

Human Resources Division
9291 Old Redwood Highway
Post Office Box 100
Windsor, CA 95492-0100
(707) 838-5362 for Human Resources


  • Modern office practices, methods, and computer equipment and applications, including computer hardware and software necessary for graphic presentation, mapping, and database management.
  • Practices of researching planning and land use issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations, and preparing and
    presenting effective staff reports.
  • Principles of advanced mathematics and their application to planning work.
  • Methods and techniques of effective technical report preparation and presentation.
  • English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary and punctuation.


  • Must be innovative, detail-oriented, and experienced in highly visible/controversial projects.
  • Capable of managing multiple, high-priority assignments.
  • Plan, direct, coordinate and supervise the work of professional and technical staff including evaluating the work of
  • Exemplify and foster an enthusiastic, resourceful and effective service attitude with public and co-workers.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, Town personnel, governmental agencies, community
    groups, and various businesses, professional, and regulatory organizations and individuals.
  • Interpret and explain planning and zoning programs to the general public; identify and respond to issues and concerns of the
    public, Town Council, and other boards and commissions.
  • Assess, monitor, and report environmental impact on and of various Town programs and services.
  • Conduct complex research projects, evaluate alternatives, and make sound recommendations.
  • Interpret, apply, explain, and ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures, and Town planning policies and procedures.


Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in urban planning, community
development, business or public administration, or a related field and five (5) years of professional experience in planning, zoning and related community development activities, with two years of supervisory and project management experience.


  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California Driver’s License by time of appointment.
  • AICP certification preferred.

A completed Town of Windsor application and resume are required to be considered for this position. Application materials will be accepted by the Town of Windsor Human Resources Division until Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. Closing date postmarks will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted without the required application materials. To apply online visit:

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