Under general supervision, performs a wide variety of technical planning office work pertaining to land use and zoning ordinances, advises the public on general zoning and land use regulations and building permit procedures, checks building plans for conformance with zoning and land use regulations, conducts zoning or building research, and does other related work as required.
This is the entry-level paraprofessional class used to train for the professional planning series. The Planning Technician provides the public with a variety of technical information related to general zoning and planning ordinance requirements, zoning violations, environmental review procedures and application filing procedures. Supervision is received from a Principal Planner, as well as a Supervising Planner. This position is distinguished from the Planner series in that the latter adds the element of analysis of zoning and building applications as well as providing analysis of the more complex questions.
Provides information to the public on general zoning and land use regulations and building permit requirements. Assists applicants in filing building applications. Performs the initial zoning plan checking for all building applications for such things as setback, height, and location on site, access, and mapped constraints. Advises applicants on corrections needed. Refers the more complex plans to the planning staff, may sign off on the more routine plans submitted. Calculates fees, assigns application number. Conducts zoning or building research by looking up zoning, general plan and resource/constraint information for parcels and/or reviewing previous zoning and building permits for a given parcel. Prepares rural matrixes for review by supervisor and others. Maintain the Assessor's Parcel Map file.
Training and Experience: Any combination of training and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and abilities list, is qualifying. A typical way to obtain these knowledge and abilities would be:
Two years of clerical support experience, which relates to land use regulations, the building process, construction, drafting, or mapping that included six months of experience involving public contact.
Twelve semester units of college coursework in planning, urban studies, environmental sciences, architecture, engineering, construction technology, map reading or closely related field, AND six months of experience involving public contact.