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Assistant Planner

Company: City of Goodyear, AZ
Location: Goodyear
Posted on: November 22, 2021

Job Description:

Job Description Summary

The first review of applications will occur after September 27, 2021.

The Assistant Planner performs entry level professional and technical urban planning work associated with community planning and development. The work of an Assistant Planner is distinguished from that of other senior level planners by the complexity, size, public involvement, and community impact of the land development requests and planning projects managed, and by the level of independence in the performance of assigned projects or duties.

The ideal candidate will be a self-motivated, respectful, high-performing individual who possesses a Bachelor's Degree in Planning (or related field). The ideal candidate will also possess at least 6 months experience which may be achieved through internships or work on real-world projects in the classroom. A master's degree may also substitute for required experience. Goodyear is a fast growing community and the Development Services Department is commited to continuously improving the way we work to achieve the highest quality results. The ideal candidate will have an ability to work well within a team, recognize and adjust to changing conditions, and bring a positive attitude.

Atthe City of Goodyear, you will be a part of an organization that values its employees as its greatest asset. You will become part of a dedicated team of professionals that will be challenged to learn and grow in an environment that values employee development and career-building. You will thrive in a culture of innovation.We believe that successful employees are those thatpossessfive core competencies:

Integrity - Initiative - Empathy - Optimism - Innovation

Requirements

* Formal Education / Knowledge -Work requires broad knowledge in a general professional or technical field. Knowledge is normally acquired through four years of college resulting in a Bachelor's degree or equivalent.* Experience -Minimum six months experience in a related field.* Certifications and Other Requirements-Valid Driver's License* Reading -Work requires the ability to read general correspondence, technical reports, survey and analyze materials, and memorandums at a college level.* Math - Work requires the ability to perform general math calculations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and to conduct college-level algebraic and statistical calculations.* Writing - Work requires the ability to write general correspondence, memorandums, letters, and reports at a college level.* Managerial- Job has no responsibility for the direction or supervision of others but may provide advice/direction to an employee with less experience/skill or tenure.* Budget Responsibility - Has no budgetary responsibility.* Policy/Decision Making Significant - The employee normally performs the duty assignment after receiving general instructions as to methods, procedures, and desired end results. There is some opportunity for discretion when making selections among a few, easily identifiable choices. Work involving discretion is typically reviewed before finalized.* Technical Skills Broad Application - Work requires a comprehensive, practical knowledge of a technical field with use of analytical judgment and decision-making abilities appropriate to the work environment of the organization.* Interpersonal / Human Relations Skills High - Interactions at this level usually impact the implementation of policies. Contacts may involve interpretation of how policies are implemented and may require discussion and the support of controversial positions or the negotiation of sensitive issues or important presentations. During interactions on policy implementation, contacts may also involve stressful, negative interactions requiring high levels of tact and the ability to respond to aggressive interpersonal interactions.

Essential Functions

* Manages planning projects and land development proposals, which includes leadership of interdisciplinary project teams. Monitors schedules and progress, resolves issues and conflicts, negotiates agreements, reports findings and recommendations, documents approvals, meets with developers and design professionals on development and project issues, ensures compliance with City development policies and design expectations, and is accountable for the project process and the end product. Serves as the primary point of City contact for the project to other City staff, design consultants, developers, and the public on all project related matters.* Evaluates land development proposals for rezoning, General Plan amendments, use permits, variances, land subdivisions, and other development requests, and formulates staff recommendations and stipulations for approval. Schedules project tasks, legal notifications, and public hearing dates. Prepares written staff reports and makes oral presentations to the City Council, Planning Commission, and various interest groups at public hearings and neighborhood meetings. Manages the public participation process including representing the City to the public and reporting public response to management, the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council. Determines whether proposed development complies with applicable City development policies and design guidelines, the General Plan, sound planning principles, and compatibility with adjacent areas.* Conducts technical review/analysis of preliminary and final subdivision plats, development site plans, and construction plans for compliance with City development policies, and design guidelines. Conducts design reviews of site plans, building architectural plans, landscape plans, and signage. Conducts residential design review for production and custom residences. Conducts final site inspection of residential, commercial and industrial development projects for approval.* Performs and manages special planning studies, specific area plans, land use policy recommendations, and regulatory strategies. Collects and analyzes pertinent data, facilitates the public participation process, and presents findings to management, Planning Commission and City Council. Performs updates to the General Plan and reports to City Council, management, and the public on progress of the General Plan. Monitors the scope, schedule and progress of the General Plan implementation activities for all City departments. Prepares special studies relating to land use, public facilities, neighborhood/area plans, demographics, and other matters. Participates in the development of parks and open space, transportation, public safety, housing, and other community plans.* Provides technical support, information, and guidance to property owners, developers, other City departments, elected and appointed officials, and the general public on adopted ordinances, policies, plans, and procedures. Coordinates with other departments in the development of policies relating to planning and development.* Applies City codes, ordinances, regulations, standards, guidelines, policies and procedures pertinent to planning, zoning, land development, land use, and development design proposals. Researches code-related issues as needed, and makes new policy recommendations to management. Maintains a comprehensive, current knowledge of applicable codes, regulations, standards and best practices related to urban planning, land development and development design.

12 Month Objectives

Within the first month:

* Attend Goodyear Employee Orientation (GEO) and complete all assignments, trainings, and meetings associated with GEO.* Become familiar with the City's Core Values and the Department Vision and Mission. Take the opportunity to connect your role to the big picture.* Learn about Goodyear's Development Continuum including the process and the Departments and Divisions that make up the continuum.* Participate in the Planning and Zoning Division daily huddle. Be consistent; align your actions with the discussions at the huddles.

Within the first 3 months:

* Become familiar with the City's General Plan, Zoning Ordinance, Design Guidelines, and Subdivision Regulations. Planner should be able to locate regulations and apply and interpret them appropriately.* Learn Goodyear's software systems. Planner should be able to effectively and efficiently use Project Dox, H.T.E., GYMAPS, and city excel/word templates.* Attend Development Review Committee and Pre-Application meetings. Conduct a pre-application meeting including preparing and sending out meeting notes.* Learn Goodyear's plan review procedures. Complete the review of a zoning verification letter, zoning permit, site plan, and building plan reviews. Planner should use standard work and checklists in these reviews and update these documents as opportunities for improvement are identified.* Assist in Planner of the Week duties.

Within the first 6 months:

* Be able to complete permit reviews with minimal assistance.* Learn the processes of our development continuum partners. Be respectful, treating each of the divisions with respect. Be aware, actively listen to the teams, seek to understand their perspective first. Seek to understand the challenges and opportunities facing our team members. Report back on your observations in 1:1 meetings with supervisor and to the team at Planning huddle.* Attend a daily huddle of each division in the Development Continuum including: Building Plan Review, Building Inspection, Engineering Inspection, Engineering Plan Review, Front Counter, and Economic Development.* Attend a Legal Office Hours session.* Participate in a ride-a-long with a Code Compliance officer...... click apply for full job details

Keywords: City of Goodyear, AZ, Goodyear , Assistant Planner, Other , Goodyear, Arizona

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