Job Title: Urban Regional Planner lll/lV

Job Location: Riverside

Employer Website: https://rivco.org/

Job Description:

ABOUT THE POSITION

Urban Regional Planner lll/lV description image

A list of eligible candidates will be established to fill current and future vacancies.
The County of Riverside’s Transportation and Land Management Agency has an opportunity for an Urban/Regional Planner III/IV who will be assigned to the Current Planning Division in Palm Desert. The incumbent will be responsible for performing the most difficult and complex planning work reviewing land use plans, evaluate current land use requests, conduct various planning studies, project case management, technical analysis, public presentations, and will provide planning information to the public via phone, email, and at the public counter. The Agency desires candidates with experience in land use planning, the ability to work in a team environment, proficiency with MS Office programs, strong writing skills, and the ability to plan, organize and carry out work independently.
Competitive candidates will possess an understanding of the organizational structure and jurisdiction of governmental agencies involved in the planning process and their interrelationship as well as knowledge of mandated General Plan elements, zoning laws, and the permitting/entitlement process.
The level at which the position will be filled is at the Department’s discretion and is contingent upon the candidate’s experience, qualifications, and educational attainment.
Meet the Team!
The County of Riverside 
Transportation & Land Management Agency (TLMA) is the umbrella agency for six county departments. They are the Planning Department, Building & Safety Department, Transportation Department, Code Enforcement Department, Environmental Programs Department and the Administrative Services Department.

 

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES

 

URBAN/REGIONAL PLANNER III

• Conducts studies necessary to meet urban/regional planning objectives for social, physical, environmental, economic and/or governmental resources, by researching, compiling, synthesizing, analyzing and interpreting information and data, either in the course of routine work (such as processing development applications), or for purposes that are described in a specific assignment (such as drafting parts of developmental policy guidelines or assigned sections of the general plan and area plans) the results of which are submitted for review and acceptance, or for consolidation by a supervisor.

• Contacts other parties (individuals, groups, sections, divisions, departments and regional or state agencies) to discuss review of various technical or legal aspects of projects or programs (i.e., applications for zoning changes, conditional uses, variances, plot plan approvals, and subdivision approvals), some of which may be controversial or politically sensitive, in order to define problems and alternative solutions, by guiding reviews for: consistency with the general plan or other policy plans, compliance with local ordinances and regional and state requirements, and extent of environmental impact; or, to exchange or clarify information used in developing regional plans, including analysis of existing plans and identification of deficiencies in policy or legal authority, and definition of areas for policy consideration and decision, using coordination efforts and/or a negotiation process to achieve the desired outcome, as part of the direction in an ongoing planning process.
• Makes field trips to property sites and surrounding areas to gather facts and conduct investigations of proposed project sites, or in order to have direct knowledge of the location or project under study,. The incumbent will normally use a County vehicle to arrive at the site, and may have to walk or other means to access portions of the property as necessary to examine features requiring detailed evaluation; assignments could include direction to carry out specific tasks (i.e., record field notes, or take photographs and other preparations to assist with related visual displays).
• Prepares written reports used to communicate information, findings and recommendations (often as part of a decision-making process), by assembling pertinent facts in a format adopted for the specific purpose (such as public hearing case reports), with completed work subject to review by a supervisor.
• Makes oral presentations to public groups and governmental bodies to explain and clarify planning reports and recommendations, with presentations supported by subject matter research and data consistent with the needs of the forum or audience.
URBAN/REGIONAL PLANNER IV 
• Prescribes procedures, methods, materials, and formats acting as a planning program technical expert; and may produce or approve specifications, guides, lists or directions. Exercises direct supervision to schedule and assign work tasks for professional and support staff, monitor progress, review results, and be responsible for completed project work.
• Receives applications for the most technically challenging zoning changes, conditional uses, variances, plot plan approvals, and subdivision approvals and reviews for complex elements of consistency with adopted policy plans, compliance with local, regional and state laws and requirements, and assesses the extent of environmental impact; contacts various public agencies acting as a representative of the department, to gather information pertinent to specific case or transportation studies.
• Meets with consultants or developers to advise them on requirements applicable to proposed projects and to assist in developing plans to meet these requirements; visits property sites and surrounding areas to gather facts; takes photographs of significant community features; plans and coordinates with delineators on the preparation of maps, graphs, and other visual displays; analyzes collected case or project data and formulates recommendations; prepares master environmental assessments and environmental impact reports.
• Conducts, leads, or coordinates planning studies of human, physical, natural, economic and/or governmental resources for the general plan, regional plans, area plans, highway plan or operating work plan; works with staff of regional and state agencies to exchange or clarify information used in developing regional plans; analyzes existing plans and identifies deficiencies in policy or legal authority and defines areas for policy consideration and decision; drafts or oversees preparation of significant parts of developmental policy guidelines or assigned sections of the general plan, area plans, highway or transportation plans, for review and approval.
• Prepares drafts of reports for incorporation into regional plans; prepares written staff or project reports; collects raw or previously compiled data from a variety of information sources for use in making long-range projections for studies; analyzes the validity and comparability of data; applies statistical formulas in the analysis of demographic, economic, environmental, and other data; provides data as requested for various planning studies and programs.
• Assists in the analysis of proposed or adopted legislation to determine the potential or actual impact on department operations; assists in preparing drafts of new ordinances and in reviewing existing planning ordinances for revision or amendment or to implement new planning programs or policies; answers public inquiries regarding ordinances, laws, regulations, policies, and procedures governing land use or transportation planning development; makes oral presentations of information and recommendations to the Planning Commission; may present recommendations on cases to the Board of Supervisors; assists in training other professional planners; uses computers to assist in the above applications.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

 

URBAN/REGIONAL PLANNER III 
$32.6998 – $48.4157 Hourly
$68,015.58 – $100,704.65 Annually
 
OPTION I
One year of experience at the level of Urban/Regional Planner II with Riverside County. (Certification of qualifications by the Department Head may be substituted for up to six months of the required experience.)
OPTION II
Required Education: Graduation from an accredited college with a bachelor’s degree, preferably with a major in Urban/Regional Planning, Transportation Planning, Public Administration, Architecture, Environmental Science, Geography (with related course concentration), Landscape Architecture, or a closely related field.
Experience: Three years of professional environmental planning, land use planning, and/or transportation planning experience which must have included performing one of the following kinds of planning activities associated with a planning agency: comprehensive, regional, area, or community planning; plan/proposal review; general plan amendments; zoning; land division; information services; urban renewal; planning administration or transportation planning. (A master’s degree in planning may be substituted for one year of the required experience. A master’s degree in Public Administration, Architecture, Environmental Science, Geography (with related course concentration), Landscape Architecture, or a closely related field may be substituted for six months of the required experience. No more than one master’s degree may be used to substitute for the required experience.)
OPTION III
Certification by and full membership in the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).
URBAN/REGIONAL PLANNER IV 
$36.2864  – $53.7408 Hourly
$75,475.71 – $111,780.86 Annually
OPTION I
One year of experience at the level of Urban/Regional Planner III with Riverside County. (Certification of qualifications by the Department Head may be substituted for up to six months of the required experience.)
 
OPTION II
Required Education: Graduation from an accredited college with a bachelor’s degree preferably with a major in Urban/Regional Planning, Transportation Planning, Public Administration, Geography (with related course concentration), Architecture, Environmental Sciences, Landscape Architecture, or a closely related field.
Experience: Four years of professional environmental planning, land use planning, and/or transportation planning experience performing one of the following kinds of planning activities associated with a planning agency or consulting firm, comprehensive, regional, area, or community planning; plan/proposal review; general plan amendments; zoning, land division; information services; urban renewal; planning administration or transportation planning. (A master’s degree in Planning or Transportation Planning may be substituted for one year of the required experience. A master’s degree in Public Administration, Geography with related course concentration, Architecture, Environmental Sciences, Landscape Architecture, or a closely related field may be substituted for six months of the required experience. No more than one Master’s degree may be used to substitute for the required experience.)

ALL OPTIONS

License/Certificate: Possession of a valid Class C California Driver’s License is required at the time of employment.

Extensive Knowledge of: The principles, methods, and procedures applicable to land use or transportation planning activities; the physical, social, environmental, and economic implications of land use or transportation planning; local, state, and federal legislation governing land use development and transportation planning activities; the organizational structure and jurisdiction of governmental agencies involved in the planning process and their interrelationship, responsibilities and functions; knowledge of the methods involved in designing research studies and identifying and utilizing data sources; knowledge of mandated general plan elements and factors that must be considered in evaluating proposals for consistency with these elements.
Ability to: Plan, organize and carry out work independently; to lead and direct the work of others; organize and conduct research, collect, and analyze data, generate and evaluate alternatives, reach logical conclusions, and formulate consistent recommendations; compose clear and thorough study and project reports and recommendations; clearly and persuasively make oral presentations of study findings and recommendations to a variety of public groups and governmental bodies; work effectively with the general public and community and governmental board and commissions; interpret and apply laws and regulations pertaining to planning projects and cases.

 

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

 

Reasonable Accommodations – The County of Riverside is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to applicants as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process should contact the recruiter for the position noted above. For additional information and/or to obtain the appropriate form for requesting a reasonable accommodation, please visit the Disability Access Office web page located at: http://dao.rc-hr.com/.
Veterans’ Preference
The County has a Veterans Preference Policy. Upload a copy of your (or your spouse’s) Member-4 Form DD-214 (or NGB-22) indicating dates of service, and a copy of your spouse’s letter of disability (if applicable) with your application. For privacy reasons, it is recommended that you remove your social security information from the document(s). A Human Resources Representative will review the materials and determine if you qualify for veterans’ preference. See the policy here (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader).

What’s Next?

This recruitment is open to all candidates.

Applicants who are currently County of Riverside employees and/or current employees of the Transportation & Land Management Agency may be considered before other applicants depending on the volume of the applications received.
Qualified applicants may be considered for future vacancies throughout the County.
Applications received prior to the closing date will be considered based on the information submitted. Changes or alterations cannot be accepted. No late applications will be permitted.
Include relevant work experience details on resume and/or application.
Applicants who fail to provide information demonstrating they possess the position requirements may not be considered further in the application process. A description of job duties directly copied from the job classification or job posting will not be considered.
Upload a copy of any license(s), official/unofficial transcript(s), degrees, and/or related employment documents to your NeoGov account. If your education was completed outside of the United States, you will need to provide a copy of your Foreign Education Equivalency evaluation from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE).
For specific questions regarding this position, contact Maria Ledesma mjledesma@rivco.org.
BASED ON THE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS RECEIVED, THIS POSTING MAY CLOSE WITHOUT NOTICE.  

Link or email to apply: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/riverside/jobs/3338119/urban-regional-planner-lll-lv?keywords=urban&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

Apply by date: 01/11/2022