City and County of San Francisco

Planner I (#5277)

$34.01-$41.35 Hourly / $5,896.00-$7,167.00 Monthly / $70,746.00-$86,008.00 Yearly


Definition

Under general supervision, the Planner I performs entry level planning work in the collection, analysis, interpretation and presentation of city planning data in one of a variety of phases of plan development and implementation. The essential functions of this job include: reviewing building permits, variances, use permit and other miscellaneous permit applications; recording appropriate data and preparing recommendations for the department, Planning Commission and other City Commissions; reviewing planning activities, goals, programs, zoning ordinances, rules, regulations, policies and procedures; providing information orally and in writing to City agencies, property owners, developers, community organizations and the general public; conducting site and field inspections of land, economic activities, transit patterns, buildings and streets; preparing computer based and hard copy graphic materials; conducting research studies, surveys and interviews to obtain data and formulating recommendations to assist in planning policies, plans for future developments and determinations of the environmental impacts of proposed projects; assisting in the preparation, revision and performing of updates of the General Plan and Planning Code and other governmental regulatory codes. Incumbents in this job code may be required to attend evening meetings occasionally held in community locations.

Distinguishing Features

The 5277 Planner I is the entry-level class of the Planner series. This class is distinguished from the 5278 Planner II in that the latter is the journey level class responsible for performing more progressively complex planning assignments.

Supervision Exercised

None.

Examples of Important and Essential Duties

According to Civil Service Commission Rule 109, the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this class and are not intended to be an inclusive list.

1. Reviews building permit, variances and use permit applications as well as may assist in the review of discretionary review, subdivision applications and other miscellaneous permits referred from other departments and the general public by checking plans and reviewing the applications for conformity to the General Plan and the Planning Code (Zoning Ordinances); records appropriate data and prepares recommendations for department or commission action.

2. Reviews Planning activities, goals and programs; zoning ordinances, rules, regulations, policies and procedures; procedural requirements for securing consideration of application requests; and federal and state environmental requirements and procedures (NEPA and CEQA).

3. Provides information orally and in writing to city agencies, property owners, developers, community organizations and the general public by answering questions, providing assistance, responding to complaints, presenting reports and draft plans; and explaining policies.

4. Conducts site and field inspections of land, economic activities, transit patterns, buildings and streets and conducts surveys and interviews to obtain data required for planning, zoning and environmental review.

5. Prepares computer based and hard copy graphic materials: land use maps, zoning maps, drawings, diagrams, graphs, charts, photographs, video and other display materials related to analysis and reports.

6. Conducts research studies and formulates recommendations by selecting, collecting, recording, tabulating, organizing and analyzing technical physical, economic, social and statistical data to assist in planning policies, plan for future developments, and determine the environmental impacts of proposed projects.

7. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of: the basic planning principles including land use, zoning, municipal regulation and community development, transportation and public utility systems as they relate to planning programs.

Ability to: organize and conduct investigations; anticipate, identify and analyze planning; visualize three-dimensional objects; prepare reports, memos, letters, etc.; explain complex ideas clearly and concisely to department personnel, the general public, applicants, special interest advocates, the Planning Commission and other governmental agency representatives; use basic computer applications; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with department personnel, other city departments, public officials, applicants, special interest advocates and the general public.

Experience and Training

Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in city, regional, or urban planning, or a closely related field such as architecture, landscape architecture, geography, urban studies, public administration, historical preservation, or environmental studies; OR Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; AND one (1) year of city or urban planning, transportation, urban design, historical preservation, architectural or environmental review experience. Special Conditions: Some positions may require possession of a valid driver's license.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

CLASS: 5277; EST: 1/1/1900; REV: 1/1/1900;