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Planner II

July 11, 2022 by DBorg

Website City of American Fork

The City of American Fork is hiring for a Planner II for it’s busy Development Services department.

This person performs a variety of advanced level professional and technical duties as needed to expedite the implementation of department work plans and programs related to long range and/or current planning; coordinates, reviews and reports on current planning applications; and assists with the preparation of planning studies, policies and ordinances as assigned.  Works under general supervision of the Planning Director.

HOURS: Mon- Thur; 7 am – 6 pm

WAGE: $50,000- 78,000/year, doe

Essential Functions

Works as a team leader on assigned projects; performs more complex research and analysis on projects and developments; makes recommendations that may influence policy, practice or local ordinance.

Performs a variety of general and specialized professional planning functions which include predominately current planning; managing activities relating to assigned projects; providing information and assisting developers, the business community and the public on land use, planning and development related matters; maintains the Moderate Income Housing Element of the General Plan.

Processes and reviews subdivision projects, commercial and multi-family development applications, site plan review, and similar development project requests for conformity with city ordinances and policies.

Monitors the status of development applications, preparing materials for consideration by Planning Commission and City Council, preparing Planning Commission reports and requests for city council action (“RCAs”).

Coordinates the implementation of the bicycle and pedestrian element of the general plan with all affected stakeholders, i.e. City Council, Planning Commission, developers, Mountainland Association of Governments and the public.

Answers questions from citizens and prospective developers regarding City ordinances, policies and procedures and serves as a member to of the Technical Review Committee (TRC) conducting compliance reviews for subdivisions, large scale developments, site plans, conditional use applications and similar requests for development approval.

Coordinates maintenance of the American Fork City Development Code with the City Recorder’s Office; creates content for planning commission agendas; coordinates the advertising process of all public notifications pertaining to Planning Commission actions with administrative assistant.

Coordinates maintenance of land use and zoning maps with the GIS Department; coordinates maintenance of the Planning Department web site; coordinates electronic distribution process of planning commission materials, including training of staff members and planning commissioners on electronic media/tablets, and maintains tablets issued to planning commissioners.

Prepares all public documents for Planning Commission and City Council meetings in form suitable for electronic presentation and manages all aspects of presentations during public meetings.

Performs research on planning related matters and provides materials and recommendations regarding subdivision, large scale development, site plan, and conditional use applications which come before the Planning Commission; answer questions from other departments of the City; prepares written correspondence and verbal communication to various interests involved with department issues (i.e., zone status letters); act as staff/liaison with volunteer citizen committees, economic development department.

Assists to coordinate the citizen participation process; meets with the general public to discuss planning, zoning, and development issues; assists the public to define concerns and presents public questions to management; follows up with public to apprise of city policy and decisions; coordinates the preparation of meeting agendas as required; publishes notice of meeting via local newspaper and posts notices as required.

May assist to review and approve landscape plans for compliance with city landscape ordinance; monitors building setbacks, signage requirements, driveways, parking lots, and related site compliance concerns.

Updates, revises, and drafts ordinances and resolutions relating to land use and growth management; may revises or creates language which updates and/or clarifies interpretation and intent of the codes and ordinances.

Assists in managing the progress of applications through the approval process; assures the timely review by staff and the timely presentation to commissions or boards as needed; follows established processes or expedites processes where possible.

Assists with department budget preparation.  Apprises Planning Director of technical needs for electronic media/tablets for Planning Commission use.  Makes recommendations on materials and/or programs for efficiency of review and processing.

Attends and participates in professional functions, meetings and classes; researches and stays abreast of Federal, State and local laws, legislation, codes, regulations, environmental matters, and zoning and land-uses issues pertinent to planning;


Education and Experience:

A.    Graduation from college with a bachelor’s degree in urban planning or a closely related field;  AND

B.    Three (3-5) years of progressively responsible experience performing above or related duties;  OR

C.    An equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Considerable knowledge of  principles and practices of community development, urban planning and design, local government operation and structures; map reading; principles of public relations; personal computers and applications; current and long range planning and site plan compliance; site development, zoning ordinances, urban design, environmental protection and architecture; economics, sociology and community organization as applied to urban planning models; relationship between factors affecting urban planning policy, such as economic, political, sociological, legal, etc.; research and statistical methods typically used in the analysis and the evaluation of research data; land use, zoning, federal, state, and local laws.

Advanced Skill in the art of diplomacy and cooperative problem solving; and the use of various computer programs.

Ability to research relevant information and present the information to the public in a concise and clear manner; complete daily work programs;  complete the compilation, analysis and preparation of planning related professional reports;  coordinate a variety of major projects and programs; plan and organize comprehensive research studies; prepare and present technical reports; enforce regulations with fairness, tact, and impartiality;  interpret codes accurately and effectively;  operate personal computer and various software applications (word processing, spreadsheet, design, presentation, etc.); communicate effectively, verbally and in writing; operate standard keyboard and perform data entry activities;  establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other agencies, and the public.

Special Qualifications:

Must maintain membership in the American Planning Association; AICP certification desirable.

Must possess a valid state driver’s license.

Excellent benefits including generous retirement plan, no or low cost health insurance, and paid time-off.

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