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Planning Specialist

at City of Eugene

Pay: $25.76 to $32.12/hour
$25.76 - $32.12
Posted: 9/28/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2565807
Keywords: planning

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

General Statement of Duties

Application Deadline: Extended to Friday October 25, 2019 at 5:00 pm PST

Performs complex paraprofessional duties requiring specialized knowledge related to community and metropolitan planning, land use, and zoning; and provides information and assistance to developers and the public on land use and planning related code requirements, program practices and procedures, including fees and building application information. Perform related inspections.
The Planning Specialist is distinguished from the Assistant Planner in that the latter performs professional level planning duties. The Planning Specialist is distinguished from the Permit Technician classifications due to the Planning Specialist's specialized knowledge and/or coursework in planning and zoning principles, policies and codes. In addition the Planning Specialist performs inspections.
Employees in this class receive supervision from supervisory staff.
May provide lead direction to employees in lower level classifications, temporary staff, or interns.

Examples of Duties Performed - Duties may include but are not limited to the following

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all the duties listed or may be required to perform additional similar duties in order to meet business needs and/or changing business practices. Duties are generally listed from most to least critical.
  • Provides technical assistance and accurate information verbally or in written form to internal or external customers for land use and planning code requirements, practices and procedures. Answers questions about how code requirements apply to specific projects and the permit applications process permit fees and charges. Directs some questions to the appropriate staff.
  • Identifies challenges of development proposals and provides recommendations or referrals, which requires knowledge of related regulations, policies, and procedures
  • Performs regular field inspections for compliance with land use and zoning conditions established through land use and building permit approvals, such as required for motor vehicle or bicycle parking, resource protection fencing, or landscaping, including issues impacting trees and other natural resources.
  • Reviews residential and commercial construction documents, building permit applications, land use and zoning documents for compliance with sign standards and to determine if land use review is required. Issues sign permits.
  • Provides fee information, calculates fees, and performs payment transactions, which includes handling cash.
  • Establishes project review deadlines, monitors reviews and status, coordinates reviews by other departments, identifies conditions of approval, and approves permits as authorized by management.
  • Researches information pertinent to the program areas; includes responding to complaints, problems or sensitive situations.
  • Assists in the development of program area practices and procedures, informational materials,and monitors ordinances and codes for changes or updates.
  • Models respectful working relationships and creates a workplace that supports all employees; supports City leadership in successfully responding to the changing needs of a diverse organization and the commitment to equity and human rights.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature or level as required by management to meet the needs of the department.


Knowledge of:

  • City land use, development, and/or building permit procedures, policies and regulations as pertaining to residential and commercial development.
  • Applicable State, Federal and Local codes.
  • Basic modern principles and practices of urban planning, economics and development.
  • Automated information systems and data bases.
 Ability to:
  • Review construction documents to assess completeness of application.
  • Read and interpret information on varied technical documents, maps and records, including general plans, zoning and land divisions.
  • Reviews documents for compliance with applicable land use codes and program requirements.
  • Apply State, Federal and City laws, codes and regulations.
  • Research, compile and gather technical information.
  • Establish and maintain manual and computerized records.
  • Develop office methods and procedures.
  • Provide training to employees.
Experience and Training Guidelines: Any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the job. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Experience and Training: Three years of progressively responsible administrative and customer support experience related to building permit, land use, or planning, with a minimum of one year of paraprofessional support requiring related technical knowledge. Post-secondary course work in geography, land use planning, geographic information systems, architecture, or related field.

License or Certificate: Valid Oregon driver's license, or ability to obtain by date of hire; must pass driving records check and, if hired, maintain a driving record that meets the City's  standard. Oregon law requires that an out-of-state license holder must obtain a valid Oregon license (with appropriate endorsements) within 30 days of becoming domiciled in the state (ORS 803.355).
Depending on the position, other related certifications may be desirable, such as an Arborist Certification.



Supplemental Information

To view additional information please view the Technical Specialist 2 classification specification.
Selection Process
Applicants are screened based upon their relevant knowledge, abilities, skills, experience, and training. The selection process varies according to the position and can include such things as screening of supplemental questionnaires, written or skill tests, ability or fitness tests, interviews, and assessment processes. In addition, background investigations and records checks may be required. Some positions also require applicants to have a psychological evaluation and/or physical examination and a drug test prior to employment.
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The City of Eugene complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Any applicant with a qualified disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act may request accommodation by contacting an employment coordinator at (541) 682-5061.

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the City of Eugene will request all eligible candidates who accept employment with the City to provide documentation to prove they are eligible for employment in the United States.

The City of Eugene is committed to a work environment which values the cultural, educational, and life experiences of each employee. We believe that a diverse workforce enables us to deliver culturally competent service to all members of our community. As part of our commitment to diversity, the City continues to be an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, people with disabilities, and persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.