Del Mar – California


The Associate Planner is a full professional, journey-level class in the planning series. Incumbents conduct planning research and analysis on moderate to difficult and complex projects. The work requires independence in preparing planning studies and reports on short- and long-range, well-defined assign­ments and making presentations on such projects. Work may include assisting with the work instruction or project direction of lower-level professional and para-professional staff members, including coordination with code enforcement officer. This class is distinguished from Principal Planner in that the latter is a management class, exercising a higher degree of independent judgment on diverse and specialized assignments with a greater degree of accountability and ongoing decision making.


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.

  • Plans, organizes and conducts research studies and prepares reports and recommendations regarding land use, zoning, community design, transportation, housing and environmental issues.
  • Participates in the review, development or revision of the various elements of the General Plan, Environmental Impact Reports, ordinances and other policies and procedures.
  • Coordinates GIS implementation and use.
  • Reviews development proposals for conformance with city zoning codes; 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.
  • Reviews draft materials and prepares comments, organizes conferences and work sessions and ensures timely notification of appropriate parties.
  • Reviews, analyzes and makes recommendations on applications such as Conditional Use Permits, Variances, Tentative Parcel Maps and Design Review Permits.
  • Reviews drawings or blueprints for structural conformity, proposed use and aesthetics; conducts site evaluations and analyses.
  • Provides written and oral information to the public on a wide range of planning issues, including current, long-term and capital improvement projects.
  • Acts as liaison with other governmental agencies, reviews regional projects and acts as City representative on regional project committees.
  • Instructs and checks the work of less experienced planning and coordinates with code enforcement staff, may provide work direction to others on a project basis.
  • Oversees the work of consultants, monitors consultant contracts and project budgets.

Knowledge of:

  • City, state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to land use, building and development
  • Objectives, principles, procedures, standards, practices and information sources of City planning
  • Implementation of zoning and other municipal ordinances
  • Methods used in developing information­ for General Plan modifications
  • Application of land use, physical design, economic, environmental, and/or social concepts to the planning process
  • The California Environmental Quality Act, The Subdivision Map Act
  • Community trends and market analysis techniques
  • Math concepts, including statistical analysis techniques and formulas relevant to the planning process
  • Terminology, symbols, methods, techniques and instruments used in planning
  • Local government organization and the functions and practices of a municipal planning unit

Ability to:

  • Perform responsible and complex current and long-term planning assignments
  • Understand and apply those aspects of federal, state and local laws, regulations, policies, procedures and standards pertaining to the planning process
  • Interpret maps, site and building plans and specifications, graphs and statistical data
  • Research, analyze and summarize planning data both manually and with computer programs
  • Interpret and understand engineering and architectural plans, concepts and methodologies
  • Prepare clear visual displays, Present ideas persuasively
  • Prepare clear and concise technical documents, reports, correspondence and other written materials, including staff reports to commissions, boards and the City Council
  • Exercise sound independent judgment within established guidelines
    Instruct others in work procedures and provide specific project direction
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those encountered in the course of work


A typical way of obtaining the knowledge, skills and abilities outlined above is graduation from a four-year college or university with a major in planning, geography, law, public administration, or a closely related field; and four years of professional planning experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Licenses, Certifications, and Special Requirements:

  • A valid Class C California driver’s license may be required
  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification is desired


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


$2,335.05 – $3,063.79 Biweekly
$5,059.29 – $6,638.22 Monthly
$60,711.42 – $79,658.64 Annually


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