YAKIMA COUNTY, WASHINGTON

CLASS SPECIFICATION

CLASS TITLE: Planner

BAND:

C

GRADE:

4

SUBGRADE:

1

CLASS CODE:

6341

DEPARTMENT:

Varies

ACCOUNTABLE TO:

Varies

 

OVERTIME STATUS:

Non-Exempt

JOB SUMMARY:

Incumbents are responsible for providing technical assistance to the public and other agencies by researching and analyzing technical data to apply planning and zoning regulations to development, construction and land use issues

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:

The Planner classification is the first level of a three-level planning classification series. The Planner classification is distinguished from the Senior Planner classification by the processing of type I and II applications, assisting higher level planners and the absence of project management duties.

DUTY

NO.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES: (These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.)

BAND/

GRADE

1.

Researches and performs analysis on land use, housing, transportation, parks and open space and utilities issues; writes analyses based on research; and writes goals, policies, decisions and staff recommendations based on analyses to be approved by department management.

C4

2.

Serves as a resource to the community by providing technical assistance to the public and other agencies regarding ordinances, standards and plans that govern development; processes short plats; and prepares house rehabilitation contracts.

C4

3.

Coordinates, serves as contact liaison, and performs planning and analysis for department programs such as the Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) program or State Data Center program; coordinates marketing and promotional aspects of the program; receives, organizes, and distributes information; prepares program reports and/or newsletter articles; prepares and manages program contracts; troubleshoots program issues; and coordinates program with other agencies.

C4

 

4.

Determines completeness of development applications and prepares notices to the public and affected agencies. Assists Senior Planners in the review of short and long range planning which includes: evaluating neighborhood needs; designing neighborhood planning processes; determining plan layout and format; and managing environmental impact review of plan(s).

B2

 

 

 

5.

Facilitates meetings, group discussions, forums and open houses which includes: presenting information and determining when to issue news releases; coordinating sites and publicity; and speaking before the public and the media.

C4

6.

Presents staff reports and assists with annual updates to the County Comprehensive Plan which includes: evaluating requests by private land owners to change their land use designations; determining what to include in staff reports; and deciding how to respond to informational requests from the public.

C4

7.

Conducts special projects such as reviewing and commenting on proposed changes to development ordinances or performing traffic counts on principal roadways and analyzing the information to develop and write reports.

 

8.

Performs other duties as required.

 

Knowledge of: (position requirements at entry):

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of local government planning;
  • Structure and form of plans, laws and ordinances involved in planning;
  • Terminology, laws, rules, and regulations and codes governing area of assignment;
  • Applicable transportation planning policies, laws, regulations, ordinances, codes principles and practices; State and local land use planning laws related to transportation planning;
  • Methods of statistical analysis and evaluation of research data;
  • Presentation methods, U.S. Census Geography survey methods, and/or legal descriptions;
  • Principles of site impact analysis for development projects; and
  • Customer service techniques and team building concepts.
   

Skills (position requirements at entry):

Skill in:

  • Using personal computers, e-mail, internet and related software applications, and operating basic office equipment, scanners, plotters; public address systems and audio-visual presentation equipment;
  • Collecting, organizing and maintaining case notes of progress and compliance;
  • Using program tools and equipment such as traffic counters, hammers, crowbars, concrete nails, locks, chains, traffic counter hoses, safety signs, vests, hard-hats and traffic cones;
  • Preparing and presenting effective reports, maps and charts;
  • Interpreting and applying complex and inter-related laws and local plans;
  • Giving presentations and facilitating meetings and events;
  • Complying with laws, codes, ordinances, and regulations;
  • Researching, gathering, organizing and analyzing statistics and other information from a variety of sources and media and writing reports; and
  • Establishing and maintaining effective interpersonal relationships with County and other officials, at all organizational levels and with the public; and
  • Communications, oral and written, sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.

Training and Experience (position requirements at entry):

Bachelorís Degree in Planning or a related field plus one year of experience as an intern or permit technician; or an equivalent combination of education and experience which provides knowledge, skills and abilities sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.

Licensing Requirements (position requirements at entry):

A Valid Washington State Driverís License

Physical Requirements:

Positions in this class typically require: climbing, crouching, stooping, reaching, standing, mobility, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.

Depending upon assignment, incumbents may be subject to travel, exposure to hazardous materials, atmospheric conditions, intense noise, extreme temperatures and/or exposure to potentially hostile individuals.

Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for Light Work.

Classification History:

Draft prepared by Fox Lawson & Associates LLC

Date: 5/98 Revised: 1/1/99