Senior Planner

Job Description

Under direction, to perform comprehensive, professional planning duties; to review development proposals for consistency with City Codes; to do research and prepare reports for the Planning Commission and City Council; to provide consultation to other Planning staff members; to explain and interpret Planning Ordinances, policies and philosophies to developers, the public, the boards and commissions of the City; to do related work as required; act as Planning Department representative before public or private groups.

Job Information

Position Title: Senior Planner

Position Level:

Position Reports To:

Required Skills/Experience/Education:

Essential Duties:

Prepare annual General Plan Amendment hearing schedule; C Prepare background, schedule, notices and environmental review for General Plan Amendment hearings;

Coordinate projects with other departments, including Public Works/Engineering, Police and Fire District;

Review and update the Zoning Ordinance;

Prepare long-range studies on economic trends, technological changes, and other research on changes affecting the planning of the City;

Maintain inventories of areas available for development/redevelopment within the City;

Assist with application and administration of the Redevelopment Agency; 

Prepare specific plans;

Provide detailed analysis for projects that require experienced planning expertise;

Prepare staff reports for Planning Commission, City Council or other meetings and make oral presentations at public meetings;

Process major development projects;

Conduct special research projects;

Provide computer program analysis of impacts of development, including physical and economic factors based on computer entry data base;

Develop procedures to streamline and clarify application processing.

Marginal Duties:

Represent the Planning Department at public or other meetings;

Provide other assistance to the Planning Director as required.



Education, Experience and Licenses: Minimum qualifications include graduation from an accredited college in Planning or a related field, plus five years of experience in municipal Planning, preferable in a California city; possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operators License.

Ability to: write clear, concise reports; exercise good judgment and tact; learn new techniques and the use of equipment, such as computer hardware and software; read, comprehend and analyze complex documents; follow oral and written instructions; collect, assemble, analyze, interpret and apply data to various Planning projects; prepare statistical or other information and present technical reports; make effective public presentations by clearly communicating ideas and information; establish and maintain effective working relations with the public, City staff, City Council and other Boards and Commissions; work independently and meet established deadlines; reason logically and arrive at sound planning recommendations.

Knowledge of: Federal, State and local planning requirements; California General Plan, California Environmental Quality Act and municipal requirements and guidelines; statistical research, techniques and procedures; principles and practices of governmental planning and zoning administration and their sociological implications; techniques for clearly communicating information; methods of information gathering; evaluating and presenting information; proper English grammar and use.

US Citizenship: no

Security Clearance: no

Salary Range: $6,933 - $9,291

Other Benefits: -Retirement: California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CALPERS). State laws have established the following retirement requirements: -Classic Members: Retirement formula of 2.5% at 55 based on a single highest year compensation with employee paying an 8% contribution. o New Members: Retirement formula of 2% at 62, based on a 3 year final compensation period, with employee paying a 6.75% contribution. -Social Security: The City participates in Social Security. -Excellent Health Benefits: The City contracts with CalPERS for a variety of medical plans and offers tiered coverage of medical benefit premiums. Based on the employee’s choice of medical plans, City contributions pay for most or all of the medical benefit premium for an employee and eligible dependents. The City also pays 100% of premiums for vision coverage and has a self-insured dental plan. -Retiree medical: Retiree medical contribution for employee and spouse. -Vacation: 12-23 days annually depending on years of service. -Administrative Leave: 56 hours per year for mid-management employees. -Holidays: 14 designated days and 2 floating holidays per year. -Sick Leave: 12 days per year. -Life Insurance: City paid life insurance policy of $50,000.

Start Date: March 7, 2022

Position Type: Permanent

Travel: None

Language: English

Contact Information

Name: City of Scotts Valley

Address: 1 Civic Center Drive Scotts Valley CA 95066

Industry: City of Scotts Valley

Phone: 8314405613



Contact: Human Resouces

Job Reference Code:

Agency: Yes