Planning Technician

Planning Technician

Location: Southern California, California


Under close supervision, performs a variety of entry-level and routine professional urban planning assignments. This is the entry-level classification in the Planning series. This position is assigned to receive explicit direction and training, develop practical experience by performing routine and standardized duties and must possess functional knowledge of the basic principles and theories required to perform the work. Reports to Planning Manager or Senior Planner.


  • Participates in a variety of planning projects.
  • Assist staff in the collection, research, and analysis of data.
  • Assist staff with preparation of written reports and recommendations related to zoning, land use and other related fields or issues.
  • Review applications for compliance with ordinances, and departmental policies and procedures. Prepare preliminary reports concerning actions for the Planning Commission with the assistance of management staff.
  • Maintain and updates various contracts, records, and resources.
  • Coordinate projects and programs with other departments and agencies to meet established deadlines.
  • Researches and investigates designated aspects of the general plan, special projects or code amendments and makes recommendations based on findings.
  • Researches, collects and analyzes data.
  • Writes special project reports or assigned portions of the general plan.
  • Prepares environmental impact studies related to projects including the research and analysis of pertinent information.
  • Assists the public over the phone or at the counter.
  • Responds to incoming correspondence and assists individuals in completing various applications.
  • Performs minor plan checks at the counter as they relate to zoning and subdivision requirements.
  • Performs plan checks, including occasional field checks, in order to assure that plans meet zoning and ordinance requirements before submission to the City Council, Planning Commission, Zoning Administrator, and/or other boards or appropriate committees.
  • Coordinates site, parking and landscape plans as may be required and follows up on conditions of approval; checks preliminary subdivision maps.
  • Processes planning entitlement applications to the Zoning Administrator, Planning Commission, or City Council including but not limited to Conditional Use Permits, Variances, and Zoning Text Amendments.
  • Reports to work as scheduled and works various hours, including nights and weekends as deemed necessary by manager/supervisor, to conform with changing priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Maintains regular and consistent attendance record.
  • Perform other related duties as required.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture or other closely related field from an accredited college or university.
  • One (1) year experience performing professional or paraprofessional planning work or the completion of a six to nine-month internship performing duties related to urban planning.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles of mathematics and their application to planning work.
  • Basic principles and practices of urban and regional planning and zoning.
  • Applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes and requirements.
  • Basic concepts of architecture, site planning urban design, and landscaping as they relate to the process of urban planning.
  • Research methods as applied to the collection and analysis of data pertinent to urban planning and environmental studies.
  • Principles of basic mathematics and their application to planning work.
  • Modern office methods, practices, procedures, and equipment including related computer hardware and software.
  • English usage, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Methods and techniques of effective technical report preparation and presentation.

Ability to: 

  • Interpret basic planning and zoning programs to the general public; identify and respond to issues and concerns.
  • Read plans and specifications and make site visits as needed.
  • Conduct routine research projects, evaluate alternatives and make sound recommendations.
  • Read, interpret, apply, and explain fundamental technical written materials and federal, state, and local policies, procedures, laws, regulations, ordinances, and City planning policies and procedures.
  • Read and understand basic technical drawings and specifications.
  • Perform mathematical and planning computations with precision.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain a variety of filing, record keeping, and tracking systems.
  • Make sound decisions within established policy and procedural guidelines.
  • Organize work assignments, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines.
  • Operate modern office equipment, including computer equipment and applicable software programs.
  • Use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone and in writing.
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence and judgment within general policies, procedural and legal guidelines.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted during work.
  • Possession and maintenance of a valid Class “C” California driver’s license is required.

Working Conditions

  • Work is performed primarily in a standard office setting with some travel to different sites.
  • Regularly requires working in sitting or standing position at workstation for extended periods.
  • Will require physical ability and mobility to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist.
  • May occasionally lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight.
  • Will require to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.
  • May be required to work extended hours including evenings and weekends.











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