Assistant Planner Job at County of Nevada in Nevada City, CA

Job Description

Definition and Class Characteristics

Under direction, conducts planning studies and related activities pertaining to the administration, development and enforcement of the general and community plans, land use and zoning ordinances; and performs related work as required.

This is the entry-level class in the series, requiring basic knowledge of planning principles. Initially, under close supervision, Incumbents perform the more routine current and advanced planning duties, while learning the more skilled and complex work. Assignments typically involve the preparation of planning reports or elements of the general or community plans, and land use permit application review and processing. This class is flexibly staffed with the Associate Planner and incumbents normally advance to the higher level after gaining the necessary experience and achieving proficiency.

Examples of Duties

As Assistant Planner:Essential:
Maintains the County code addressing system

Processes administrative permits

Coordinates with GIS (Geographic Information Services) to update planning/General Plan and Zoning maps, including preparation of GIS baseline data

Reviews building permit/grading permit applications, subdivision maps and site plans for conformity with zoning, General Plan policies and previous approvals

Assists Associate or Senior Planners with gathering data and preparing maps, charts and other illustrative materials

Knowledge and Skills Required

NOTE: The required level and scope of the following knowledge and skills relate to the level of the position as defined in the class characteristics.

Knowledge of:
Principles and practices of land use, transportation, housing and environmental planning

Purposes, policies and procedures of the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, and other agencies concerned with public planning

Statutes, ordinances, rules and regulations related to general plans, zoning, subdivisions, environmental review and land use

Statistical and research methods relevant in the collection and analysis of data affecting public planning

Federal, State, regional and local planning laws, regulations, case law and trends

Skill in:
Collecting, compiling, analyzing and presenting technical, statistical, and graphical information pertaining to planning and zoning research

Interpreting and explaining policies and regulations accurately and tactfully to the public

Reviewing permit applications for accuracy and completeness

Preparing clear, concise and comprehensive planning reports

Making presentations to governmental bodies with planning related responsibilities

Using computer technology and applications in the performance of daily activities

Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work

Adapting to changing priorities and requirements in a fast-paced environment

Education and Experience Required

Assistant Planner:
Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in planning, natural resources, environmental studies or a related field, and one year of experience in a public or private land use environment performing planning related duties comparable to those of a Planning Technician; OR three years of experience performing duties comparable to those of a Planning Technician.

Possession of a valid California driver’s license within 30 days of hire.

About Company

Company: County of Nevada

Company Location:  Nevada City, CA

Job Category: Entry Level Jobs

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