Placer County

Planning Manager (#11809)

$56.33-$70.36 Hourly / $9,763.87-$12,195.73 Monthly / $117,166.40-$146,348.80 Yearly



To assist in planning, organizing, directing, managing and administering various program areas of responsibility within the Planning Services Division including current planning, long-range planning, zoning administration, code compliance and enforcement, and other similar programs; to plan, direct, and supervise the work of assigned division staff; to participate in the development and implementation of the division’s goals and objectives; to serve as the County Zoning Administrator hearing officer; to serve as the acting Planning Director for the Planning Services Division in the absence of the incumbent, and to provide highly responsible complex and technical support to management staff.


This classification is a single position class that exercises full line and functional management responsibility for assigned employees within the Planning Services Division. This position reports to the Planning Director - Planning Services Division and assumes substantive and significant responsibility for operations and services related to zoning administration and code compliance and enforcement. This position is also responsible for serving as the Zoning Administrator hearing officer.


Receives general direction from the Planning Director of the Planning Services Division and/or higher-level management staff.

Exercises direct supervision over management, supervisory, professional, technical, and clerical personnel.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assist the Planning Director in managing and directing the Planning Services Division in compliance with California Government Code.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of division goals, objectives, policies, and procedures; assign work activities, projects, and programs; monitor workflow; and review and evaluate work products, methods, and procedures.
  • Manage production and implementation of major planning documents such as the County General Plan, community and area plans, specific plans, and other related planning documents.
  • Prepare zoning reports, proposals, preliminary and final drafts of zoning ordinance amendments and revisions.
  • Serve as Zoning Administrator and exercise independent judgment relative to various land use entitlement applications.
  • Plan, organize, direct, and review the activities and operations of the County’s code compliance and enforcement programs; direct interagency and intra-agency coordination in support of enforcement
    functions; interpret, evaluate and enforce complex codes and develop creative solutions to code issues and problems.
  • Advise management on all land use planning matters including zoning, code compliance programs, and related issues.
  • Administer all applicable zoning and related land use ordinances and regulations.
  • Administer citations; conduct, coordinate and attend administrative hearings pertaining to code compliance and enforcement regulations.
  • Testify and make presentations in court; respond to subpoenas.
  • Represent the division to the public, stakeholders, and to other agencies in a professional, positive, and productive manner; participate in outside community and professional groups and committees; and provide technical assistance, as necessary.
  • Develop and implement customer service policies and procedures related to planning services; ensure update and improvement of processes and programs; coordinate the consistency and improvement of the delivery of services provided to improve and streamline processes.
  • Serve as acting Planning Director of the Planning Services Division and represent the division in the absence of the Planning Director.
  • Coordinate division activities and projects with other land development departments within the County administrative structure.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Work is typically performed in an indoor office environment with controlled temperature conditions. Position may require travel to and from other locations in a variety of outdoor weather conditions.


Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:
Six years of increasingly responsible experience in land use planning and development, including two years of supervisory responsibility. 
Equivalent to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban or regional planning or a related field. 
Required License or Certificate:
Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid driver's license. Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required. 


Knowledge of: 
  • Principles and practices of land use planning and development.
  • Principles and practices of environmental planning and administration of environmental policies.
  • Principles and practices of policy development and implementation.
  • Principles and practices of leadership, motivation, team building and conflict resolution.
  • Principles and practices of business correspondence and report writing.
  • Pertinent local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Principles and practices of organizational analysis and management.
  • Principles and practices of supervision, training, personnel management, and performance evaluations.
  • Modern office procedures and computer equipment.
  • Planning related applications software.

Ability to: 
  • Organize, direct, and implement comprehensive current and long-range planning activities and programs related to zoning administration and code compliance.
  • On a continuous basis, sit at desk and in meetings for long periods of time. Intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; visually differentiate between colors on land use maps; and occasionally lift moderate weight.
  • On a continuous basis, analyze technical reports; interpret and evaluate staff reports; know laws, regulations, and codes; observe performance and evaluate staff; problem solve division related issues; remember various rules; and interpret and explain division policies and procedures.
  • Negotiate contracts and agreements.
    Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion.
  • Manage, direct, supervise, train, assign, review, and evaluate the work of assigned subordinate staff.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, including the ability to make concise and persuasive public presentations.


Length of Probation:
This position serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority having no specific term and no right to continuous employment.

Bargaining Unit:
Unclassified Management

CLASS: 11809; EST: 6/3/2021; REV: ;