Job Title: Senior Planner

Job Location: Del Mar

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Job Description:

The City of Del Mar is seeking one (1) full-time Senior Planner. The position is envisioned to primarily support the City’s Current Planning initiatives, and may participate in long-range planning projects and initiatives, as assigned.

Ideal candidates will have a minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience in planning and a four-year degree with a major in planning, public administration, public policy, law, environmental, or a closely related field.

The City is seeking an individual with strong communication skills and who can be adaptive and versatile in a dynamic and fast paced work environment. The Ideal candidate will have experience with managing complex and sensitive Current Planning development projects, developing policy, and overseeing the preparation of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) determinations and documents.  Other desirable qualities include experience working directly with or for a public agency; Certification with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP); experience with Coastal Zone development and/or policy; experience with zoning administration and design review and/or housing policy; working well with the public and internal cross-department teams; experience presenting to governance boards and the public; and supervisory experience.

The position is open until the needs of the City are met, so interested applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.  Interested applicants must submit an application and supplemental questionnaire. First review of applications will begin after close of business on Monday, March 24, 2022 at 5:30pm.


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, administers and coordinates multiple, complex current, advanced, and/or special projects; organizes and employs resources to achieve project objectives; prepares and monitors project budgets.


  • Prepares and presents complex agenda reports, presentations, and other materials for public meetings including City Council, Planning Commission, Design Review Board, City advisory committees, and community workshops.


  • Organizes and administers complex research studies, conducts analyses and prepares reports/recommendations regarding land use, zoning, infrastructure improvement, environmental requirements and issues, community design, coastal resources, housing policy, and other matters.


  • Conducts the review, development, or revision of the various elements of the Community (General) Plan, Zoning Ordinance, Local Coastal Program (LCP), California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) determination documents, ordinances and other policies and procedures; analyzes planning issues and determines project schedules and priorities.


  • Reviews development proposals for conformance with City’s Community (General) Plan, Design Review Ordinance, and Zoning/development regulations; performs highly technical research related to discretionary planning projects and other planning matters including populations, housing, transportation, land use, and economic studies.


  • As assigned, acts as the liaison with other governmental agencies and the City’s Planning Commission and Design Review Board and attends public meetings as assigned; reviews regional projects and makes recommendations for City comments, and acts as City repre­sentative on regional project committees.


  • Provides written and oral information and assistance to City staff, applicants, architects, builders, developers, attorneys, contractors, engineers, consultants, the general public, and outside organizations and agencies regarding a wide variety of planning and environmental issues, including current, long range planning and capital improvement projects; explains the City’s development and public hearing process to design and development professionals, property owners, and the general public; provides support at the public counter as necessary.


  • Processes federal, state and local permits for private development projects and the City’s capital improvement plan projects, such as Design Review Board Permits, Coastal Development Permits, Conditional Use Permits, Variances, and Tentative Parcel/tract Maps; reviews drawings for structural conformity, proposed uses and aesthetics; conducts or directs staff to conduct site evaluations and analyses; reviews and analyzes civil engineering, architectural, landscaping, and other development plans for conformance with the City’s Zoning and Community (General) Plan, conditions of approval, and mitigation requirements.


  • Manages and administers consultant contracts; develops and negotiates scope of work; establishes timeframes; ensures adequate funding; prepares requests for qualifications or proposals; prepares contracts; monitors consultant contracts and project budgets; authorizes invoices; provides direction to consultant; reviews technical studies and environmental documents prepared by consultants..


  • Utilizes various software systems including digital plan review (Bluebeam), project tracking (TRAKIT), and Geographic Information System (GIS).


  • Manages the preparation of environmental documents pursuant to California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) including Mitigated Negative Declarations, Environmental Impact Reports, and related documents; reviews the work of consultants responsible for preparation of same.


  • Prepares CEQA pre- and post-Environmental Impact Report (EIR) documentation including Notices of Preparation, Notices of Determination, Requests for Proposal, Request for Qualifications, Scopes of Work, and related documentation


  • May participate in selecting, training, motivating, and evaluating assigned personnel; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; participates in the conduct of performance evaluations; implements discipline and termination procedures in coordination with Human Resources; provides supervision and technical assistance to professional and technical planning staff, as assigned; instructs and checks the work of less-experienced planning staff.
Knowledge of:
  • City, state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to land use, building and development, environmental impact, housing, and municipal capital improvements.
  • Objectives, principles, procedures, standards, practices and information sources of City advance planning.
  • Implementation of state, regional and municipal ordinances.
  • Methods used in developing information for modifications to regulatory documents.
  • Application of land use, physical design, economic, environmental, and/or social concepts to the planning process.
  • The California Environmental Quality Act, National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA), and other governmental, environmental, and local regulatory agency policies, rules, regulations, and requirements; and Subdivision Map Act; community trends and market analyses techniques.
  • Project management principles and practices.
  • Math concepts, including statistical analysis techniques and formulae 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:
  • Independently perform responsible and complex current and long-term planning, environmental planning, housing, and capital improvement assignments 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; read and interpret complex policies, rules, and regulations; analyze projects and potential projects for consistency with zoning ordinance standards, planning and environmental regulations, general planning principles, Community (General) Plan, policies, and architectural quality.
  • Prepare clear visual displays.
  • Present ideas persuasively.
  • Prepare clear and concise technical documents, reports, correspondence and other written materials, including staff reports to the City Council and other boards/committees.
  • Exercise sound independent judgment.
  • Instruct others in work procedures and provide specific project direction.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those encountered in the course of the work.
Training and Experience:

A typical way of obtaining the knowledge, skills and abilities outlined above is graduation from a four-year college or university with major course work in planning, public admin­istration, law, environmental, or a closely related field; and at least five years of progressively responsible experi­ence in municipal plan­ning/community development, including one year of project manage­ment experience. An advanced degree in urban planning is desirable as is prior planning experi­ence in a California coastal municipality. Supervisory experience is desirable but not required.


Licenses; Certificates; Special Requirements:

A valid Class C California driver’s license may be required.

Link or email to apply:

Apply by date: 04/18/2022