City Planner

City of Palos Verdes Estates

The Planner, working under direction of the Community Development Director, prepares reports on current and advance planning projects; conducts preliminary environmental impact assessments; reviews development plans for compliance with zoning and building requirements; may serve as staff liaison to the City’s Planning Commission; conducts studies and analysis related to code and ordinance updates and other planning related issues and does related work as required. 


The Planner performs the following duties which may include, but are not limited to:
  • Conducts comprehensive studies for current and advance planning projects;
Compiles and analyzes data on land use;
Gathers information and objectively analyzes complex applications and development plans for compliance with applicable guidelines and regulations;
Performs graphic illustration work and preparation of planning studies and reports;
Provides information to project applicants and to the public;
Ensures all project compliance with the terms of the California Environmental Quality Act and prepares reports as necessary;
May conduct code enforcement field studies, investigations and compliance actions;
Performs plan check and onsite final inspection for project compliance with conditions of approval;
Maintains the City website as it pertains to Planning Commission meetings, agendas, minutes, recordings, project information, applications, process information, and more as needed;
Prepares notices of hearing, approval, and application submittal through postcards, physical boards, newspaper advertisements, and letters to property owners, the California Coastal Commission, and other interested parties;
Performs research on other cities’ regulations and standards as needed;
Reviews and approves landscape plans for compliance with State law;
Assists the public in the interpretation of zoning, building, and State mandated regulations and with application submittal;
May work with other departments, agencies, and the public to formulate and implement City plans;
Ensures consistency with the City’s General Plan, Zoning Ordinance, State Subdivision Map Act, area plans, environmental impact reports, capital improvement plans, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and related City codes, ordinances, and policies affecting and/or related to planning and land use issues;
Attends meetings of Planning Commission, City Council, and other related meetings as needed; provides staff support, reports and presentations, technical direction, and guidance to the Planning Commission, City Council, other committees, and City staff as needed;
Assists the Director with grant applications and processing;
Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovation in the field of Planning;
Works collaboratively with public and responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints;
Prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence;
Maintains records and Key Performance Indicator-related data;
May organize and conduct community meetings;
May provide training to interns and other staff and supervise the work of consultants; and
Performs related work as needed.
 Knowledge and Abilities:

Principles, practices, and legislative requirements related to administering a planning and building department, including general plan development and administration, land-use planning, zoning, coastal use, environmental impact reports and administration, other environmental laws, building codes, and related matters.
Applicable Federal, State and local laws, codes, regulations including California Planning Law, the Subdivision Map Act, and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
Principles and procedures pertaining to site planning, architectural review, and design.
Provide courteous and responsive communication to the public through effective customer service skills.
Establish and maintain effective working relationship with staff, City Council, commissions/committees, other agencies, community groups, and individual citizens.
Resolve complicated situations requiring diplomacy and tact.
Attend meetings outside of regular working hours.
Work with strict deadlines.
Follow oral and written instructions.
Read, interpret and apply policies, procedures, rules, and regulations.
Modern office procedures and methods including computer equipment, word processing, spreadsheet, database organization, graphic presentations and other needed specialized software applications, and internet and electronic communication
Ability to type with accurate spelling and grammar. 
Operate standard office equipment.
Safe work and driving principles and practices.
 Experience and Education:
Any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience, which provides the individual with the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job. To include:

Graduation from a four-year college or university with major course work in urban or regional planning, architecture, geography, public or business administration, or a related field.
Two (2) years in municipal planning or zoning administration
Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California Driver’s license.
Masters degree in urban planning or a closely related field from an accredited institution or certification by the American Institute of City Planners (AICP) or related organization is highly desirable.

Physical Requirements:
Moderate; Typical office setting with prolong periods of sitting; may require some driving to different locations; Requires the ability to walk long distances, including uneven terrain; Performs work involving lifting, pushing and/or pulling of objects which may weigh approximately 25 pounds; Intermittently twist to reach office equipment; write or use a keyboard to communicate through.  General use of standard office equipment, including a computer and computer screen for extended periods of time.  Intermittently twist to reach office equipment; bend, squat and kneel when filing; walk and stand when operating office equipment; write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; hear and talk with the public; file papers and reports.  May be required to attend periodic evening meetings and/or travel within and out of the City boundaries to attend meetings/training; Respond to emergency situations; May be required to work evenings and/or weekends; Ability to hear and speak to communicate in person or over the telephone. Must be able to handle stressful situations.

The City of Palos Verdes Estates is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This job description includes a list of ADA essential job duties performed by the classification. Duties cannot include, and are not intended to include, every possible task performed by each individual employee assigned in this classification.  Palos Verdes Estates will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and encourages both prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.