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Planning Technician: City of Corona

Filing Deadline: 9/13/2022 5:00 PM Pacific

Job Type: Full-Time Benefited

Location: Corona, California

Department: Planning and Development Department


Under general supervision, operates the Planning Division public counter, answers questions from the public; performs a variety of tasks in gathering, analyzing and summarizing data required by professional planning staff; and performs related duties as assigned. The Planning Technician is also responsible for providing highly qualified customer service.


The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class.

1. Interfaces directly with the public at the counter and over the telephone, responding to inquiries and answering routine questions concerning zoning, land use, the general plan and current projects.

2. Processes and approves over the counter permit applications; issues various permits; records, logs, routes and tracks various permits being processed.

3. Provides preliminary review of plans and processes planning applications.

4. Reviews business license applications for compliance with zoning ordinances and performs necessary follow-up.

5. Performs tenant improvement and other routine plan checks.

6. Reviews applications and writes staff reports to be reviewed by the Zoning Administrator, Board of Zoning Adjustment and in some cases to the Planning Commission.

7. Prepares zoning compliance letters for financial institutions and real estate agencies.

8. May perform field inspections to verify site conditions with respect to routine plan checks or zoning compliance letters.

9. Maintain and update zoning and general plan maps.

10. Investigates and processes permit requests for fences, patios and other tenant improvements; investigates and processes requests for residential and business signs.


Knowledge of:

Basic urban planning principles and practices, mapping methods, and project review techniques; implementation of zoning and other municipal ordinances; methods used in developing information for General Plan modifications; land use, physical design, environmental, and/or social concepts related to the planning process; mathematic concepts; terminology, symbols, and methods, used on zoning and General Plan maps; applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations and methods for preparing quality work product and providing exceptional customer service.

Ability to:

Perform routine assignments under supervision; understand and apply federal, state and local laws, regulations, policies, procedures and standards pertaining to the planning process; interpret maps, site and building plans and specifications, graphs and statistical data; prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence and other written materials; keep accurate records; operate general office equipment; exercise sound judgment within established guidelines and supervisory direction; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those encountered in the course of the work; provide exceptional customer service.


A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities outlined above is Graduation from high school or equivalent, supplemented by college level courses in urban planning or any combination of training and experience that provides the desired knowledge and abilities. Some municipal planning experience is desirable.

Licenses; Certificates; Special Requirements:

A valid Class C California driver’s license may be required, depending upon the requirements of particular positions to perform field inspections.


The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this class, employees are regularly required to sit; talk or hear, both in person and by telephone; and use hands repetitively to operate, finger, handle or feel office equipment; and reach with hands and arms. Employees are occasionally required to stand and walk and lift and carry records and documents weighing less than 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Mental Demands:

While performing the duties of this class, employees are regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data, information and documents; analyze and solve problems; observe and interpret situations; learn and apply new information or skills; perform highly detailed work on multiple, concurrent tasks; work under intensive deadlines; and interact with City managers, staff, customers, the public and others encountered in the course of work.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee works under typical office conditions; the noise level is usually quiet. The employee is exposed to outdoor weather conditions given the position performs field inspection work.

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