Senior Planner

Job Information

Company Name

City of Chula Vista

Position Level


Job Description

The Senior Planner performs the more difficult professional planning and environmental review work including research, analysis and technical studies in the development of planning projects and related planning activities; ensures project compliance with a wide variety of local, State and Federal requirements; provides assistance in interpreting, analyzing, and complying with environmental policies, rules and regulations; performs initial environmental studies; and performs related work. There are currently two (2) full-time, benefits-eligible vacancies in the Development Services Department's Current Planning Division. Employees in this job classification are scheduled to receive a 3% base pay salary increase effective January 12, 2024.  Distinguishing Characteristics This is the advanced journey level class within the Planner series.  Employees in this class are distinguished from the Associate Planner by the performance of the full range of duties and are generally assigned the more complex and difficult work projects, including serving as project lead and/or project manager.  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 of the work unit and the Development Services Department. Supervision Received and Exercised Receives direction from an assigned supervisor. May exercise functional or technical supervision or lead responsibility on a project basis. Essential Functions Functions may include, but are not limited to, the following: Coordinate and perform the more complex and difficult planning and environmental work on various projects including the review of revisions to the General Plan, General Development Plans (GDP), Sectional Planning Area (SPA) plans, Specific Plans, Multiple Species Conservation Plan and other land use plans and policy documents, regional issues, environmental issues, site development, building and grading plans, subdivision and parcel maps, environmental analysis and similar applications; research, review, and analyze information and data for the preparation of comprehensive planning and environmental reports on both current and long-range issues; plan, organize and conduct research studies regarding land use, zoning, community design and environmental issues; prepare reports, recommendations and presentations; perform highly technical research in zoning changes, zoning variances, conditional use permits and other planning matters including population, housing, transportation, land use and economic studies and growth management; administer and implement various environmental plans and programs, such as California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); review projects for compliance with CEQA, NEPA and any local environmental programs, regulations and/or standards; determine if projects meet provisions of these plans/programs; review and manage for small and large projects, Environmental Impact Reports (EIR), Negative Declarations, addenda, and exemptions for compliance with CEQA; oversee and prepare consultant contracts; prepare and/or review mitigation measures; prepare and distribute CEQA notices; conduct initial studies pursuant to CEQA and produce Negative Declarations; manage large and small complex projects involving Mitigated Negative Declarations, Environmental Impact Reports, and Environmental Impact Statements; develop and coordinate project compliance with a wide variety of local, State, and Federal requirements; coordinate field analysis and studies on a variety of planning topics; develop new ordinances and resolutions; participate in the administration of land use regulations, the City's General Plan, General Development Plans, Sectional Planning Area (SPA) plans, Specific Plans, Multiple Species Conservation Plan, environmental review and design review; provide support at the permit counter as necessary; review development proposals for conformance with General Plan/City zoning; communicate with and assist developers, property owners and the public regarding laws, policies, regulations, standards and procedures with respect to the submission of plans, and processing of applications; implement requirements; identify problems and assess alternatives for projects; recommend project approval or denial; act on behalf of the Zoning Administrator as necessary; conduct meetings and hearings as necessary; act as a project manager for the complex departmental assignments and projects which may include planned communities, redevelopment areas and special planning or development projects; manage and assist in the creation of SPA plan design and development standards and guidelines including zoning, financing and precise planning for specific development zones within SPA planning areas; prepare and present reports related to local and regional planning and zoning issues; make recommendations on a wide variety of planning subjects including zoning changes and subdivision maps; attend meetings of the City Council, Planning Commission and Design Review Committee and provide technical support to various agencies and community groups as required; serve as project leader on complex departmental assignments and projects; provide written and oral information to the public on a wide range of planning and environmental issues, including current, long term and capital improvement projects; attend meetings and make presentations to various committees, commissions, professional and community groups; build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees and the public using principles of good customer service; and perform related duties as assigned.

Required Skills / Experience / Education

Minimum Qualifications Any combination of education and/or experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be four years of increasingly responsible experience in planning involving city and/or regional planning work, including environmental-related program assignments AND training equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in planning, architecture, landscape architecture, environmental studies, natural resources management or a closely related field. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Physical Demands and Working Conditions Knowledge of: principles and practices of land use and urban planning, environmental law and zoning; State and local laws and regulations on planning and zoning; the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and other governmental environmental policies, rules, and regulations; Environmental Assessment; Federal, state, and local environmental regulatory agency requirements; environmental review procedures and redevelopment area issues; research methods as applied to the collection, tabulation and analysis of statistics and information affecting public planning; Engineering drawing and topographic mapping; English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation; computer equipment and software applications related to assignment.  Ability to: read and interpret complex policies, rules and regulations; develop and implement appropriate compliance procedures; review and analyze technical studies; conduct site inspections; collect, tabulate and compute planning statistics; organize and conduct various planning research studies; maintain records and prepare reports; make oral presentations at various meetings; operate computer equipment and software applications related to assignment; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner. Physical Demands and Working Conditions On a continuous basis, sit at a desk for long periods of time, intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone, write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; occasionally lift or carry weight of 15 pounds or less.  See in the normal vision range with or without correction; hear in the normal range with or without correction.  Primary work is performed indoors in a carpeted and air-conditioned office environment with fluorescent lighting and moderate noise level.  Some movement is required from office to office and there is exposure to the external environment when going to outlying offices, meeting, or performing field inspections.  Work is frequently disrupted by the need to respond to in-person and telephone inquiries. Recruitment No. 23443209 To be considered, applicants must submit a City Application by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date listed. Candidates whose applications indicate education and experience most directly related to the position will be invited to participate in the selection process. All notices will be sent via e-mail. Unless otherwise noted, a passing score must be achieved at each step of the selection process in order to have your name placed on the eligibility list for hiring consideration. The examination materials for this recruitment are validated, copyrighted and/or inappropriate for review. The eligibility list established as a result of this recruitment will be for a duration of six (6) months, unless otherwise extended.

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Salary Range

$7,958.77 - $9,673.93 Monthly

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Job Start Date


Position Type

Permanent Full-Time



Primary Language Required


Job Location

Location Address

276 Fourth Avenue
Chula Vista, California

Contact Information

Hiring Contact Name

Jennifer Abalos


[email protected]

Phone Number

(619) 409-5948