Associate Planner – Current Planning

Job Information

Job Category

Land Use

Company Name

City of Encinitas

Position Level


Job Description

The Associate Planner assigned to the Land Development (Current Planning) Section in the Planning Division of the Development Services Department, addresses current planning issues including implementing ordinances; reviewing development proposals; assisting customers at the front counter; and addressing local and regional planning issues affecting Encinitas.
  • Reviews development proposals of routine to medium complexity.
  • Prepares detailed technical reports on development proposals.
  • Attends public hearings regarding assigned projects and presenting reports to decision making bodies.
  • Manages a project workload.
  • Communicates and confers with citizens, architects, developers, and engineers regarding the City’s land use policies, development standards, and processes at the front counter; provides information related to zoning, general plan compliance, and other planning related issues, both in person and over the phone; computes acreages and frontages; reviews commercial, industrial, and residential development proposals, plans, and applications for issuance of zoning clearances; identifies corrective actions to be taken by owners; recommends improvement and rehabilitation programs; processes permit applications and calculates appropriate fees.
  • Conducts final inspections for projects.
  • Negotiates and mediates with applicants, developers, citizens, elected and appointed officials, project consultants, external agencies, and the general public on land use issues.
  •  Prepares and delivers agenda reports on development proposals and land use issues.
  • Reviews grading and improvement plans.
  • Reviews applications and submitted plans for various building permits, which may include: swimming pools, room additions, walls and fences, demolished properties, new developments, and/or other related structures.
  • Schedules intakes for coastal development permits, administrative/discretionary applications, plan submittals, and other related information.
  • Participates in a variety of staff and development review meetings to discuss projects with peers and staff; provides interpretive assistance to staff on development standards, project proposals, and/or clarification of policies.
  • Inputs a variety of planning information into databases; queries data and develops related reports.
  • Conducts research and analysis related to land use, legislative activities, social, economic, and population data on various local and regional planning issues and community matters for dissemination internally, to elected and/or appointed officials, Boards, Councils, Commissions, and to the general public; researches, collects, records, analyzes, interprets, and summarizes statistical and demographic information for regional and City data; creates related informational and advisory reports, presentations, maps, logs, and computer and paper files.
  • Organizes and participate in conducting workshops for the Planning Commission, City Council, citizen groups, and other interested parties.
  • Conducts studies, spatial analysis, surveys, and needs assessments for the development of programs to address significant development issues.
  • Represents the department at status meetings.
  • Manages assigned planning projects of greater complexity and community significance or sensitivity.
  • Demonstrating ability to address and evaluate medium to complex issues/projects. Works independently and exercises judgment and initiative.
  • Independently assists applicant/public on complex and sensitive matters.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.

Required Skills / Experience / Education

Bachelor's Degree in Planning, or a related field and a minimum of six years of progressively responsible technical level planning experience. A completed City application with both an attached resume and cover letter. Applications will be accept position until 10/12/2023 to apply visit

US Citizenship Required?


Will security clearance be required?


Salary Range

$75,312.00 - $105,972.00 Annually

Job Start Date


Position Type

Permanent Full-Time



Primary Language Required



Local Gov't

Job Location

Location Address

505 South Vulcan
Encinitas, California

Contact Information

Hiring Contact Name

Lisa Roner


[email protected]