Placer County

Planner - Assistant (#14221)

$32.53-$40.63 Hourly / $5,638.53-$7,042.53 Monthly / $67,662.40-$84,510.40 Yearly

Planner - Associate (#14222)

$36.79-$45.95 Hourly / $6,376.93-$7,964.67 Monthly / $76,523.20-$95,576.00 Yearly


DEFINITION

To perform professional planning duties in the preparation and review of plans and other documents relating to land use, environmental protection, economic development, environmental compliance and related topics; to administer applicable local ordinances and State and Federal statutes; and to assist the public in understanding and complying with adopted plans and regulations.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Assistant Planner
This is the entry level class in the Planner series.  This class is distinguished from the journey by the performance of the more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions within this series.  Employees at this level are not expected to perform with the same independence of direction and judgement on matters allocated to the journey level.  Since this class is typically used as a training class, employees may have only limited or no directly related work experience.  Employees work under immediate supervision while learning job tasks.
 
Associate Planner
This is the full journey level class within the Planner series.  This class is distinguished from the Assistant Planner by the assignment of the full range of duties.  Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies within the work unit.  Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from the entry level.
 
This class is distinguished from the Senior Planner in that the latter exercises technical and functional supervision over less experienced professional planning, technical and clerical staff and performs the full range of duties as assigned including oversight of a variety of complex planning projects.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED

Assistant Planner
As assigned, receives general supervision from higher level management staff   May receive technical and functional supervision from other professional or management personnel.

Associate Planner
As assigned, receives direction from higher level management staff.  May receive functional supervision from other professional or management personnel.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES

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

  • When assigned, evaluate public and private development project applications for variances, conditional use permits, subdivision approval, design review, lot line adjustments, etc. for conformance to zoning, environmental and other legal requirements; process applications from submittal through construction, making recommendations regarding conditions, approval or denial; conduct field review as necessary to assure compliance with approval conditions; and review and approve building and sign permits and business licenses. 
  • Participate in the production of major planning documents such as the County General Plan, community plans, environmental documents and specialized plans such as area specific plans, air and water quality plans, environmental compliance and related topics.  
  • Conduct environmental assessment of public and private projects; make recommendations regarding mitigation measures or negative declarations; and review environmental impact reports. 
  • Assist the public with information at the public counter and by email and telephone regarding applicable county codes, ordinance, regulations and procedures.
  • Coordinate with other County Departments and public agencies; meet with applicants as necessary and correspond with applicants and/or their representatives regarding project status; and write staff reports and make presentations of findings and recommendations at public hearings and to public bodies.  
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service. 
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

When assigned to the Air Pollution Control District:

  • Review and prepare comments on land use environmental documents forwarded from federal, state and local agencies.
  • Monitor the performance of land use development mitigation measures.
  • Develop air quality plans required by the federal and state ambient air quality standards.
  • Update and maintain emission inventories.
  • Prepare research and technological analyses for air quality rules and regulations.
  • Coordinate research, administrative and technological activities to support District environmental review, incentive grant, air quality planning, and regulatory development programs.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Assistant Planner

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:

Experience: One year of experience involving public contact is desirable.

Training:
Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban, regional or environmental planning, or a related field.

License or Certificate:
May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.
 
Associate Planner

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:

Experience: Two years of planning experience performing duties similar to those of an Assistant Planner in Placer County. 

Training: 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.

License or Certificate:
May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Assistant Planner

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of land use planning and development.
  • Principles and practices of environmental planning and administration of environmental policies.
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment.
  • English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Arithmetic, basic statistics and mathematical calculations.

In addition to the above, when assigned to the Air Pollution Control District:

  • Principles and practices of computer models to quantify air quality impacts from land use projects.
  • Principles and practices of governmental air quality planning development.
  • State and federal air quality statutes and legislation, and air district rules and regulations.
  • Point and area emission source inventory determinations and reporting procedures.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis sit at desk for long periods of time; intermittently stand at counter for long periods of time; twist and reach office equipment; write and use keyboard to communicate through written means; and occasionally lift moderate weight.
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job.  Intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe planning activities and problem solve when appropriate; understand, interpret and explain applicable ordinances and statutes and Department policies and procedures.
  • Compile, analyze and evaluate technical, statistical and economic information; read and interpret maps and legal property descriptions.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Obtain information through interviews and dialogue; work fairly and courteously with the public; work effectively with interruption.
  • Analyze situations quickly and objectively and determine proper course of action.
  • Use a computer, calculator, typewriter, telephone, dictation machine, facsimile machine, photocopy machine and microfilm reader printer.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

In addition to the above, when assigned to the Air Pollution Control District:

  • Conduct modeling analysis to estimate land use project’s related air pollution emissions.
  • Collect, analyze and interpret air quality data pertaining to air quality planning.
  • Review land use permit applications and identify potential emission sources and environmental review requirements.
  • Prepare comments/recommendations in the review of air quality analysis prepared for land use projects.

Associate Planner

In addition to the qualifications for Assistant Planner:

Knowledge of:

  • All applicable local ordinances and State and Federal statutes.
  • Operation, policies and procedures of the County Planning Department and/or Air Pollution Control District.

In addition to the above, when assigned to the Air Pollution Control District:

  • Operation, policies, and procedures of the District’s CEQA review program.
  • Operation, policies, and procedures of the District’s incentive programs.
  • Principles and practices of emission inventory development.
  • Principles and practices of air monitoring data analysis for planning purposes.
  • Principles and practices of air pollution dispersion modeling technologies and applications.

Ability to:

  • Independently compile, analyze and evaluate technical, statistical and economic information; read and interpret maps and legal property descriptions; read and interpret applicable laws and regulations.

In addition to the above, when assigned to the Air Pollution Control District:

  • Oversee the CEQA review program.
  • Oversee the incentive grant program.
  • Update and maintain the District’s emission inventory.
  • Coordinate research, technological, and administrative activities necessary for air quality planning programs.

CLASS: 14221; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: 5/8/2017;
CLASS: 14222; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: 5/8/2017;