City of Scotts Valley – Assistant Planner

Under direction, perform beginning professional level planning work including review of development proposals for consistency with City codes, research and prepare environmental assessment and staff reports;  explain and interpret planning ordinances and policies to developers and the public; and to do related work as required.


Essential Duties:

∙      Gathers and evaluates data for various planning studies relating to land use, conservation and development, transportation, economics and housing.

∙      Responds to personal and telephone inquiries from the public regarding zoning, annexation, use permits, variances and relate land use matters.

∙      Reviews building permits and business license applications for conformance with City codes.

∙      Responds to citizen complaints and pursues zoning violations.

∙      Assists in the processing of development projects.

∙      Assists in the study and approval of tentative subdivision plans in accordance with established ordinances and laws.

∙      Makes field trips and investigations pertaining to planning projects.

∙      Prepares and assembles maps, tables, charts, and reports on planning projects.

∙      Prepares graphic presentations.

∙      Conducts special research projects.

∙      Assists and/or reviews applications scheduled for Planning Commission or other meetings and prepares staff reports and recommendations and makes oral presentations at public meetings.

 Marginal Duties:

∙      Assists in preparation of agendas for Planning Commission.

∙      Prepares and post notices of public hearings before the Planning Commission and  other appropriate public review bodies.

∙      Performs related work as required.


Education, Experience and Licenses:  Any combination equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in planning or related field, some experience in current municipal planning, preferably in a California city; possession of a valid California motor vehicle operator’s license.

Ability to: Write clear, concise reports; exercise good judgment and tact; reason and learn new techniques and equipment, such as computer hardware and software; follow oral and written instructions; collect, assemble, analyze, interpret and apply data to various planning projects; prepare statistical or other technical reports; prepare maps, charts, and other graphic material for effective presentations;  establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, City staff, City Council and City advisory boards; plan own work independently and meet established deadlines; and interpret economic, sociological and statistical data.

Knowledge of: Statistical research techniques and procedures; principles and practices of governmental planning and zoning administration and of their sociological implications; communication techniques for gathering, evaluating and conveying information; state and local laws affecting planning; and proper English grammar and usage.

Please visit our website to apply for this opportunity. A completed City application is required and can be obtained on the City’s website at the following link:

The Position and Ideal Candidate:

The Assistant Planner position will assist the Community Development Director on a variety of projects and will perform beginning professional level planning work.

The ideal candidate will assist with and/or conduct development review, preparation of reports, analyzing data, and coordinating with the Building and Public Works Departments.

Persons with a high level of integrity, enthusiasm for their work, and an ability to work well with clients of all types, is desired. Planners will gain a broad range of experience and the satisfaction of taking a project from inception to completion.

Specific competencies should include strong interpersonal skills and predisposition for innovation, ability to write and communicate verbally with a variety of audiences. This position requires a person who is flexible and able to work on a variety of projects at one time.

Working knowledge of planning principles and practices is desired.

The City is a vibrant team-oriented environment with a tremendous opportunity to guide the current and future design of the City.

The Associate Planner will assist with a variety of projects including the General Plan Update and future Town Center.