Summary & Scope of Responsibilities: The position of Planning Technician is entry-level paraprofessional work. The Planning Technician devotes a significant amount of time on routine administrative tasks. A Planning Technician often works closely with the public on a regular basis to provide customer service on planning issues.
Essential Tasks & Responsibilities:
• Provide technical assistance and information to staff and the public in the administration of specific planning programs areas or ordinances.
• Review building plans and zoning permit applications to assure compliance with requirements such as use, bulk, placement, and parking ratios.
• Perform routine office tasks in designated program areas, including data entry, file management, copying and answering telephone.
• Develop and maintain automated tracking systems, hard copy files and records.
• Prepare narrative staff reports and recommendations of limited complexity, such as special use permits and variances.
• Research and compile information on a variety of planning issues from multiple sources.
• Prepare public notices or property owner verifications.
• Prepare maps, charts, tables of limited complexity.
• Investigates violations of planning regulations and ordinances, including site visits.
• Attend public meetings, assisting other planning staff as appropriate.
Required Education & Experience: The Planning Technician level generally requires, at a minimum, the completion of an Associate’s degree in urban planning, architecture, construction management, social sciences or related field. Two years of experience in plans review, zoning administration, building code issuance of surveying is also required. A bachelor’s degree is preferred and may substitute for two years of experience.