Planning Manager

City of Walnut Creek

The City of Walnut Creek is seeking a talented professional planner and creative leader to manage and provide leadership to its Planning Division.  The Planning Manager will guide planning staff through discretionary review processes for a variety of exciting and interesting development projects (both commercial and residential) in accordance with the City's adopted General Plan and land use and development regulations while also providing an opportunity to foster new ideas and lead change management for streamlining and improving our development services processes. The City is strongly supportive of employee growth and succession planning. The successful candidate will be expected to take an active role in his/her personal professional development, including training and active participation in professional associations as well as providing training and professional growth opportunities for their staff.

The Planning Manager reports directly to the Community & Economic Development Director and manages a staff of fifteen employees.  Major focus areas include the implementation and administration of land use and development policies and regulations; assisting residents, developers, and real estate professionals with land use questions and procedures; conducting development related environmental review; and supporting the City's Development Services process improvement program and economic development activities.

The Planning Manager oversees the current and long range planning and code enforcement functions for the City, administers the Planning Division's budget, and is a key member of the Community & Economic Development Department's management team. The Planning Manager also acts as the Planning Commission secretary and has indirect responsibility for the Design Review Commission's agenda.  Other valued services of the Planning Division include providing liaison support to various City commissions including the Arts Commission; Park, Recreation, and Open Space Commission; Transportation Commission; and coordinating with outside agencies such as the Association of Bay Area Governments, Contra Costa County, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and Contra Costa Transportation Authority.   

Key Projects for the Planning Manager include implementation of the Development Services Action Plan and Blueprint for Success; completion of two Downtown Specific Plans; and providing strong leadership, mentoring, and professional growth and guidance for staff.


All applicants must apply online at by 5:00 p.m. on May 12, 2017 to be eligible for consideration.  A City of Walnut Creek application and Cover Letter are required to be considered for this position.  A resume may be included but cannot be substituted for the City application.