Implement the City’s Comprehensive Plan, Development Code, and other applicable regulations as related to land use decisions and recommendations with the overall goal of promoting the responsible growth of the City. A Planner II assists customers with conformance to applicable regulations pertaining to development or redevelopment of land. The position exists to review, analyze, and make decisions and recommendations on a variety of complex development proposals, and direct development proposals through the city staff review, public hearing.
Experience, Knowledge, Skills:
Bachelors degree gained through a four-year college/university academic program or specialized technical training of equivalent length.
Experience with complicated practices and precedents. Typically requires a basic understanding and application of theoretical or scientific principles, acquired through college education or advanced vocational skills strengthened by years of on-the- job experience. The nature of the tasks typically requires a specialized field of knowledge (e.g., engineering, accounting, health sciences, education, computer systems, human resources, etc.).
Examples: Working with developers and development proposals requires knowledge in many different fields outside of urban planning. Typically, planners are the first person that a customer meets at the City. For example, zoning and land use laws are always changing, so it is important for planners to be aware of current federal and state regulations such as Colorado Revised Statutes, to be able to anticipate the impact of these new standards. Other areas of basic knowledge include landscape architecture, constructing management, transportation planning, environmental planning, urban design, basic architectural concepts, economic development, re-development principles, financing techniques (such as Tax Increment Financing, Special Improvement Districts, etc.) and other associated fields. Knowledge of quantitative and statistical analysis, computer assisted mapping and drawing software and methods allows for a better understanding of the built environment and human patterns and assists in making decisions for the future.
Knowledge of modern office practices, procedures, and methods, including knowledge of TRAKiT (or similar project management systems), Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Review and process various land use applications from conceptual plans through permit issuance for new, infill and redevelopment land use proposals. Land use applications include, but are not limited to annexations, zonings, site plan reviews, Planned Unit Development (PUD) proposals, subdivision plats, variances, use by special reviews (USR), and landscape plans. This position reviews development plans as they relate to the long-range goals of the City, City’s Comprehensive Plan, Development Code, and other regulations, and policies. Assures compliance with the various provisions of the City’s Municipal Code, Development Code, applicable state and federal regulations, previous City approvals, and professional planning practices.
Conduct research and prepare studies, analyses and recommendations for specific plans, neighborhood plans, City’s Development Code updates, Comprehensive Plan updates and other planning-related plans. Assist with community-wide and regional plans, including transportation master plans, fiscal impact analysis, adequate public facilities analysis and other studies. Assist in the revision of zoning ordinances, subdivision regulations, design standards, building codes and other regulatory controls.
Provides customer service related to land use and application inquiries for the general public and private sector (realtors, investors, builders, and other interested parties). Answer customer service phone calls and walk-ins, regarding land use code inquiries, provide research information; interpret data and explain regulations to public; provide information pertaining to due diligence on specific properties. Answer questions and provide information to the public; research information; interpret data and explain regulations to public; and assist with inquiries pertaining to current development activity. These job duties require a general knowledge of the planning principals and the Colorado Revised Statutes (annexation, zoning, subdivision laws), and more specific knowledge of the City's Comprehensive Planning goals, Development Code and City policies.
Research, analyze and prepare reports and recommendations on land use decisions to the City’s Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, and City Council.
Communication: Explaining regulations and procedures to customers. Assisting customers with compliance to the City's Development Code and/or other applicable regulations. General assistance, entitlements; assistance with development proposals - explaining regulations, procedures, assisting customers with City's Development Code (and other applicable regulations), guiding the professional through the planning process from conceptualization to construction. Coordination with Engineering, Building Inspections, Fire Prevention, Forestry, Attorney's Office, City Manager’s Office, Finance, GIS, GURA, Neighborhood Resource Office, Poudre River Trail, DDA, Economic Development and other City departments/divisions pertaining to development proposals. Meeting, discussing, and evaluating impacts, mitigation techniques and proposing solutions to land development issues. Providing design support and framing for land use studies as well as assisting in the data collection, collaboration, and analysis for any number of entities and departments to assist in understanding and decision making. Providing land use background and site analysis capabilities for the City's Economic Development program. Nature or purpose of contact: Providing an overview of development proposals to Planning Commission and, on occasion, providing the same to Zoning Board of Appeals as it relates to variances, including staff's recommendation of support or denial. Information on pertinent studies, plans, or proposed code changes which may impact a specific area or industry.
Problem solving and decision making: Incumbent is expected to solve a variety of problems in situations where there are substantially diversified procedures, specialized standards, and only limited standardization. Changing priorities or differing situations require the incumbent to consider which among many procedures should be followed in what sequence to achieve the required job results. Requires reasoning to produce a practical course of action within the established process. Choices fall within the range of specified, acceptable standards, alternatives, and technical practices.
Minimal physical effort typically found in clerical work. Primarily sedentary, may occasionally lift and carry light objects. Walking and/or standing as needed and minimal.
Work is primarily within an office setting, at desks or around tables in meetings. Trips to visit with other departments occur about once or twice a day requiring travel to another floor or municipal building. Additional field checks or site inspections are required which involve travel to all parts of the City and surrounding county.
Safe to minimal hazards that are typically found in general office environment where there is rarely little or no exposure to injury or accident.