Associate Planner

Associate Planner

Location: San Francisco Bay Area, California


The Associate Planner is the journey-level classification in the professional Planner series. An incumbent in this classification is responsible for performing, with regular supervision, routine to complex planning duties in the administration of land use regulations, General Plan, environmental review, and design review. Depending on area of expertise, an Associate Planner may be primarily assigned to one or more of the following specialties: current planning, long-range planning, architectural review, transportation planning, or Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping. The Associate Planner works under the supervision of senior planning staff and performs difficult and specialized planning assignments. This classification is distinguished from the Assistant Planner class which handles the less complex assignments.


  • Assists the senior staff in the administration of subdivision and land use regulations.
  • Performs professional level work in the field of current or advanced planning, zoning and design review.
  • Advises applicants and property owners in filing applications for land use review, including mapping and compiling data, General Plan, zoning, subdivision, variances, use permits, environmental review, and design review.
  • Reviews planning project and permit applications and plans for completeness and for compliance with applicable codes, and consistency with development and design standards.
  • Reviews building plans, parcel maps, and subdivision proposals for compliance with regulations.
  • Processes applications and non-structural plans necessary for issuance of a variety of permits.
  • Files, routes, and tracks applications and permit documents to City departments and staff, and coordinates with other regulatory agencies and individuals concerned with proposed developments.
  • Conducts site inspections and field investigations.
  • Provides support to the Permit Center, coordinates with property owners, project developers, public officials, and consultants in review of plans for development.
  • Performs review for compliance with the state or local Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO).
  • Maintains planning data using various software programs.
  • Confers with, advises, and serves as liaison to project applicants, City staff and consultants, and the general public.
  • Acts as a Project Manager for more complex planning applications.
  • Researches, analyzes, and interprets social, economic, population, and land use data and trends.
  • Prepares technical planning reports, presentations, recommendations, and graphic exhibits.
  • Assists in the training, and technical and functional skill sharing with the Planning Dept./Division.
  • May represent the municipality/Planning Division and make presentations at various Planning advisory committees, regional meetings, other committees and agencies.
  • Conducts routine and/or complex architectural review.
  • Gathers or maintains demographic data or other related statistics.
  • Prepares a variety of reports and draft ordinances for City staff, the City Council, Zoning Administrator and the Planning Commission.
  • Compiles information and makes recommendations on special studies.
  • Prepares correspondence and other similar documents to fulfill policy and legal requirements.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


  • 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.
  • An equivalent combination of experience and education sufficient to perform the essential job functions and provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A Master’s degree in planning may be substituted for one year of the required experience.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of planning and zoning administration.
  • Environmental protection regulations as such California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Clean Water Act, National Historic Preservation Act, Endangered Species Act, etc.
  • State and local laws pertaining to land use such as Williamson Act, Historic Preservation Program, Brown Act, etc.
  • Principles of effective customer service.
  • Research, report writing and presentation techniques.
  • Statistics and math applicable to planning and property development.
  • Common computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheet, database management, internet, video conferencing, and geographic information systems.


Ability to:

  • Review project descriptions, plans, and field conditions and apply policy and code provisions to determine conformance.
  • Interpret the General Plan, zoning ordinance, Subdivision Code and other policy documents.
  • Perform research and data analysis; prepare clear and concise reports.
  • Communicate technical reports, policies and ordinances to the public and decision-making bodies.
  • Build relationships and work respectfully, tactfully and creatively with the public, agencies and staff.
  • Speak and write effectively.
  • Manage multiple projects and issues effectively and meet firm deadlines.

Working Conditions

  • Work independently or in a team environment.
  • General office environment.
  • On as needed basis working from home or at a client office location is required.
  • Regularly requires working in sitting position with computer for extended periods.
  • Ability to travel to client jobsites











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