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Associate Planner, City of Anaheim

First review of applications: Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at 5:00PM

The Planning Services Division of the City of Anaheim Planning Department seeks an Associate Planner to provide responsible professional level services and assistance to higher level professional management staff. The Associate Planner will serve on the Planning Information Team with the primary duties of processing administrative and regulatory permits, conducting plan checks, and assisting customers at the public counter. The Associate Planner may also assist the Current Planning Team in processing entitlement cases for discretionary review and/or assist the Advanced Planning Team in related activities.

Candidates must have at least two years of responsible professional urban planning experience and a Bachelor's degree with major course work in urban planning, architecture, or a related field. Ideal candidates will possess public sector planning experience.

The cohesive Planning Services Division creates and supports a quality environment for Anaheim's residents, businesses and visitors, through the thoughtful implementation of our General Plan and Zoning Code. Our staff prides itself on providing excellent, solution-oriented customer service to both internal and external customers. The Division is responsible for ensuring all new businesses and development activities comply with the City's land use regulations. Staff reviews and provides recommendations on zoning permits which require administrative, Planning Commission, and/or City Council review. Staff also reviews and issues permits for other land use activities and construction that comply with zoning regulations.

Essential Functions

The following functions are typical Planning Information Team assignments, to view the full list of essential functions for the classification please select the title: Associate Planner. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed functions and/or may be required to perform additional or different functions from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

  • Review development projects and administrative permits for zoning compliance.

  • Assist customers at the public counter and communicate zoning code interpretations; conduct over the counter plan reviews.

  • Respond to inquiries from the general public and resolve issues related to the City's planning and zoning functions; research and provide information to City staff and the general public regarding land use issues and environmental documentation; interpret City ordinances and regulations, as well as the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) guidelines.

  • Communicate project information with members of the public in person, over the phone and via e-mail.

  • Review and analyze building plans and grading plans; coordinate plan check routing between City departments and check for compliance with agreements and project conditions of approval; manage planning projects.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with project applicants and other City staff.

  • May present projects at community meetings and Planning Commission public hearings.

  • Perform related duties as required.


Experience and Education: Candidates must have at least two years of responsible professional urban planning experience supplemented by a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban planning, architecture, or a related field. Knowledge of: Modern and complex principles, principles and practices of urban planning, development, zoning and redevelopment; methods and techniques used in the planning and zoning processes; methods and techniques of effective technical report preparation and presentation; principles and practices of basic economics; principles, practices, methods and procedures of data collection and research techniques; legal description interpretation; computer systems used in planning and zoning functions; principles and procedures of record keeping; principles of business letter writing and basic report preparation; office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases; pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations, including the Subdivision Map Act, General Plan, and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Ability to: Independently investigate planning, zoning, and related program issues; perform professional planning work with minimum supervision; research, analyze and evaluate new program techniques, methods and procedures; analyze statistical information; interpret and apply federal, state and local policies, procedures, laws and regulations; interpret and explain planning and zoning programs, policies and procedures; make public presentations and recommendations on various aspects of the planning program; operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications; review and analyze property legal descriptions, covenants, agreements and conditions of approval; prepare clear, concise, thorough and accurate staff reports and correspondence; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. License/Certification Required: Possess an appropriate, valid driver's license.

Supplemental Information


Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis until a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. The deadline for the first review of applications is on Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at 5:00PM. Applicants are encouraged to apply early. Applicants that apply after the first review are not guaranteed to be considered for this recruitment. This recruitment may close at any time without notice after the first review date. The selection process will consist of an oral interview at a minimum. First round of interviews are anticipated to occur during the week of November 14, 2022.

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