City of Scotts Valley – Associate Planner


Under direction, perform comprehensive, professional planning duties; to review development proposals for consistency with City Codes; to do research and prepare environmental assessment and staff reports for the Planning Commission and City Council; 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 related land use matters.

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

∙  Responds to citizen complaints and pursues zoning violations.

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

∙  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.

Marginal Duties:

∙  Prepares 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 and considerable experience in municipal current 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; learn new techniques and equipment, such as computer hardware and software; read, comprehend and apply moderately complex documents; 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; speak effectively in making presentations to staff and the public; 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.

The Position and Ideal Candidate

The Associate Planner position will report to the Community Development Director on a variety of projects and will perform comprehensive, professional planning duties. Including development review, environmental assessments and preparation of staff reports for the Planning Commission and City Council.

The ideal candidate will be able to review projects, prepare reports, analyze data, and coordinate 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 have the opportunity to 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, CEQA, and Affordable Housing 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 be involved in a variety of projects including the General Plan Update and future Town Center.

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: