Associate Planner

Job Information

Job Category

Land Use, Urban Design

Company Name

City of Del Mar

Position Level


Job Description

The City of Del Mar is seeking a full-time Associate Planner. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of three years of progressively responsible professional experience in planning and a four-year degree with a major in planning, public administration, public policy, law, environmental, or a closely related field. Ideal candidates will have experience with managing Current Planning development projects of moderate complexity, developing policy, and overseeing the preparation of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) determinations and documents.  Other desirable qualities include experience working directly with or for a public agency; experience with Coastal Zone development and/or policy; experience with zoning administration, design review, and/or housing policy; certification with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP); being a good communicator; working well with the public and internal cross-department teams; experience presenting to governance boards and the public; and being adaptive and versatile in a dynamic work environment.     The position is open until the needs of the City are met, so interested applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.  Interested applicants must submit an application.

Required Skills / Experience / Education

Under direction, performs responsible, professional planning activities involving current planning, long-range planning and special projects; and performs related work as assigned. The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the class. Under general direction, performs responsible, professional planning activities involving current planning, long-range planning and special projects; and performs related work as assigned. -Plans, organizes and conducts research studies and prepares reports and recommendations regarding land use, zoning, community design, coastal resources , housing policy and environmental issues; participates in the review, development or revision of the various elements of the Community (General) Plan, Zoning Ordinance, Local Coastal Program (LCP), California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) determination documents, ordinances and other policies and procedures -Reviews projects and development proposals for conformance with the City’s regulatory ordinances including Zoning, Design Review, LCP, and Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs); communicates with and assists developers, property owners, the public and elected officials regarding laws, policies, regulations, standards and procedures with respect to the submission of plans, processing of applications and imple­mentation requirements; determines conformity with codes, policies, regulations and procedures; recom­mends approval or identifies problems and assesses alternatives for projects. -Coordinates the preparation of meeting agendas for various committees, commissions, and community groups; including the Design Review Board, Planning Commission, and City Council; reviews draft materials and prepares comments; organizes and prepares agendas for public meetings and work sessions and ensures timely notification of appropriate parties. -Reviews, analyzes, and makes recommendations on applications such as Design Review Permits, Coastal Development Permits, Conditional Use Permits, Variances, and Tentative Parcel/Tract Maps; reviews drawings or blueprints for structural conformity, proposed uses and aesthetics; conducts site evaluations and analyses. -Provides written and oral information to the public on a wide range of planning issues, including project development, long range policy issues and capital improvement projects. -Utilizes various software systems including digital plan review (Bluebeam), project tracking (TRAKiT), and Geographic Information System (GIS). Acts as liaison with other governmental agencies; reviews regional projects and acts as City repre­sentative on regional project committees. -Coordinates with other planning staff and code enforcement staff as may be needed; may provide direction and oversight to others on a project basis. -Oversees the work of consultants, including monitoring consultant contracts and project budgets. Keeps abreast of, and attends related training as may be available, new legislation and other related developments impacting land use planning and policy.

US Citizenship Required?


Will security clearance be required?


Salary Range

$76,705.29 -$100,643.98

Other Benefits

WHAT DEL MAR HAS TO OFFER: -A monthly cafeteria allotment of $1,544 (maximum) which also allows employees to cash out unused cafeteria excess or receive $400 monthly opt-out provision. -Vacation Cash Out -eligible employees may cash out up to 80 hours of vacation time annually. -Voluntary retirement savings/deferred compensation: 457(b) plan and 457(b) Roth plan. -12 recognized holidays and an additional 2 floating holidays per calendar year -The City provides tuition reimbursement of up to $1,000 per fiscal year for reimbursement of directly related costs of tuition, school fees, books, and required materials for approved courses and professional development opportunities. -Sick Leave Conversion – eligible employees can convert up to 72 hours of sick leave to vacation hours at a rate 2 sick leave hours for 1 vacation hour. -The Retirement Benefit Formula for Classic CalPERS Tier 2 Members is 2% at 60. The current employee contribution rate is 7%.

Job Start Date


Position Type

Permanent Full-Time



Primary Language Required




Job Location

Location Address

1050 Camino Del Mar
Del Mar, California

Contact Information

Hiring Contact Name

Denise Galvan


[email protected]

Phone Number

(858) 755-9313