City of Fort Bragg – Assistant Planner

REPORTS TO: SENIOR PLANNER                        TYPE: FBEO

Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in this classification. Specifications are not to reflect all duties performed within the job.

The Assistant Planner is an entry-level classification in the planning series. Under supervision, incumbents in this class will perform technical and professional planning work in a variety of functional planning service areas. The incumbent will review and analyze development applications; prepare staff reports for various committees and commissions; assist with the development of guidelines, policies, ordinances and procedures pertaining to land use planning and development; provide information regarding land use matters to the public; serve as a liaison with consultants, developers and staff of other agencies; investigate a wide variety of issues/activities for code compliance; initiate, monitor and complete code enforcement actions, and perform other duties as assigned. Assistant Planner is distinguished from Associate Planner in that the former learns to perform the assigned duties while the latter performs the duties at a journey-level with considerably more independence.

Typical duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Current Planning

• Provides answers to questions from the public on the phone, in person, and in writing regarding City planning regulations and applicable statutes, regulations and procedures, planning program and projects.
• Assists applicants through the permit process by: 1) coordinating and conducting comprehensive pre-application conferences; 2) preparing application completeness letters; 3) analyzing proposed project compliance with the General Plan, Land Use and Development Code, and Local Coastal Program; 4) working with applicants to address identified issues; 5) developing special conditions to ensure that projects comply with applicable policies and regulations and 6) preparing staff reports for the Planning Commission to review for consideration of permits.
• Reviews data and information received from other agencies and incorporates data/information into report recommendations and/or environmental documents.
• Prepares detailed staff reports for projects of varying complexity for presentation and recommendation to the Planning Commission, City Council and/or Community Development Director.
• Prepares and processes Negative Declarations, Mitigated Negative Declarations, and CEQA notices, and assists with other environmental documents (Environmental Impact Reports, Environmental Assessments, Environmental Impact Studies, etc.).

• Coordinates activities of the Technical Advisory Committee for review and approval of community events (parades, run/walks, fairs, etc.).
• Reviews building permit and business license applications to determine consistency with zoning regulations.
• Prepares and issues notices of action and permit documents.
• Monitors construction sites and ensures compliance with mitigation measures and special conditions of permits.
• Maintains complete current planning applications files.

Code Enforcement
• Conducts field inspections and investigations of planning projects to assure compliance with applicable codes, laws, and specifications.
• Enforces zoning rules and regulations; activities include phone contact with code complaint lodgers, phone contact with code violators, preparation of letters to enforce the code, follow up with additional letters and fines for code enforcement.
• Maintains code enforcement files and database.
Long Range Planning
• Reviews and makes recommendations regarding General Plan amendments and zoning changes.
• Assists other Community Development Department staff in the development of and revisions to major planning documents such as the General Plan, Local Coastal Program, environmental documents, specific plans, transportation plans, and related topics.
• Conducts studies and prepares basic planning reports.
• Prepares maps, charts, and other graphic information for presentations and/or reports concerning planning matters with the City’s GIS system.
• Performs basic research and compiles data to implement a comprehensive plan or other programs, or for preparation of staff reports for planning studies.
• Serves as liaison with consultants, developers and staff of other agencies relative to planning and code compliance matters.

General Activities
• Attends and participates in community meetings, City Council meetings, and Planning Commission meetings as directed by the Senior Planner. Many of these meetings are in the evenings and some are on the weekends.
• Attends and participates in staff meetings and provides status reports on assigned projects.
• Reviews professional journals, periodicals and legislation to keep informed of regulatory changes.
• Performs other related duties as assigned.

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required. A minimum of 15 semester units or 22 quarter units of course work in urban/rural and regional planning, environmental studies, or life, physical, or social sciences is necessary for this position. Full time work experience in a similar position may substitute for the required coursework in a related field.

License: possession of a valid Class C or higher California driver’s license.

Master’s degree in urban/rural or regional planning, or a related discipline; and at least one year of experience involving professional and technical work in land use planning or any related field.

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