Senior Planner (Planner III)

City of Sandpoint, ID

The Senior Planner participates in advanced, highly complex professional planning activities and is the primary planner responsible for reviewing a wide variety of current planning activities, including but not limited to: research, analysis, report writing, mapping, public contact, zoning and building permit compliance review, code enforcement, plan preparation, oral presentations to decision makers and other related tasks. Works closely with professional teams, county, state, and federal agencies, community groups, and stakeholders to achieve the City’s adopted policies and plans for land use, transportation, economic development and housing. Work is performed under the direct supervision of the City Planner, but considerable leeway is granted for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative.

This list is ILLUSTRATIVE only and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by the incumbent of this class. Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

Management Responsibilities:
Assist the City Planner in day-to-day operations of the division and serve as acting City Planner in his/her absence.
Manage complex planning studies, development applications and review consultant proposals.
May train subordinate professional or technical/administrative support staff as needed.

Administrative Responsibilities:
Draft correspondence, memoranda, staff reports, minutes, agendas, and related documents.
Initiate actions necessary to correct deficiencies or violations of regulations.
Organize project review meetings with various City staff and developer representatives; assist in identifying problem areas related to zoning and negotiates options for compliance.
Assist in the preparation of comprehensive plan elements, neighborhood specific plans, topical plans and studies, and special planning projects, such as housing needs assessments or transportation studies.
Assist with general questions when Assistant Planner is out.

Professional Planning Expertise:
Oversee specialized planning functions such as large-scale new development proposals and environmental studies.
Serve as liaison and perform all necessary functions in support of Planning & Zoning Commission.
Review and process complex comprehensive plan amendments, permits, re-zonings, site plans, plats, and variance requests.
Prepare and present staff reports analyzing compliance of development proposals with the City’s development codes and comprehensive plan; make recommendations reflecting findings of fact and conditions for approval of development applications.
Conduct research on issues, policies, and concepts pertaining to planning.
Perform site investigations of approved projects to ensure compliance with applicable criteria and/or conditions.
Interprets and applies applicable state, county and local codes, ordinances, and regulations.

Communication and Outreach
Communicate in person, electronically and by telephone with the public, explaining rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and activities.
Meet with the public to discuss planning, zoning, and development issues; assists the public to define concerns and presents public questions to management; follows up with public to apprise of City policy and decisions.
Performs other related duties as assigned.

How to Apply

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Job Details

Job Function
Other Entry to Mid-Level
Position Type
Full Time

City of Sandpoint


1123 Lake St
Sandpoint, ID 83864-1714
United States

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