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Layton City Planner II

July 21, 2021 by Judi Pickell

Performs a variety of professional and technical duties related to implementing department work plans and programs and monitoring community compliance with established planning, zoning and development ordinances.
 Essential Task Functions:
Promotes and follows the City’s mission statement, values and expectations.

Conducts research on issues, policies, and concepts pertaining to planning, zoning, and community development; presents findings to the planning commission and/or city council; prepares written reports in response to public requests for zoning applications and various ordinance changes.

Prepares proposals in draft form for amendments to zoning ordinance or policy governing local planning, zoning, and development.

Conducts feasibility studies; prepares a variety of reports related to project progress; reviews and updates ordinances affecting planning, zoning, signage, traffic, development and related departmental areas; assist in coordination of projects with other departments or governmental agencies.

Prepare and update various land use and planning maps; operates computer to generate computerized maps; utilizes computer to conduct various research and solve planning problems; assists in maintaining effective software.

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.

Reviews commercial and residential building permits, plans and specifications to assure compliance with city zoning ordinances; provides signature approval for compliance, denies issuance of permits for non compliance; cooperates with builders and developers and assists by identifying actions needed to secure compliance.

Reviews commercial and residential subdivision plans and applications; provides professional planning analysis for subdivision design and assures compliance with development codes; interacts with professional design consultants to convey development policy and codes.

Conducts field inspections of completed commercial, multi family and residential construction to further verify compliance; issues signature approval for final certificates of occupancy; initiates sanctions for non compliance.

Participates in project review meetings with various city department and developer representatives and identifies problem areas related to zoning and negotiates options for compliance.

Review and approve landscape plans for compliance with city landscape ordinance; monitors building setbacks, signage requirements, driveways, parking lots, dumpster utilization and placement and related site compliance concerns.

Performs related duties as required.

 Minimum Qualifications:
Education and Experience:

Graduation from college with a bachelor’s degree in urban planning, public administration or a closely related field;


Four (4) years of responsible experience performing above or related duties;


An equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Working knowledge of legal system and procedures affecting planning, zoning and related operations of the city; principles and practices related to local government planning and zoning, economics, sociology and community organization as applied to urban planning; planning and zoning and subdivision law, theory and application; the relationship between factors affecting urban planning policy, such as economic, political, sociological, legal, etc.; local government structure and operations, including the budgetary procedures and fiscal management; research methodology, statistical analysis and evaluation of research data; land use, zoning, federal, state, and local laws; interpersonal communication skills. Some knowledge of principles of supervision and work flow management.

Skill in the art of diplomacy and cooperative problem solving.

Ability to interpret codes accurately and effectively; enforce regulations with fairness, tact, and impartiality; communicate effectively verbally and in writing; prepare and present technical reports; operate personal computer and various applications (i.e., GIS, AutoCad, Word, Excel, etc); performs advanced mathematical calculations; develop and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, federal agencies, state agencies, local governments, subordinates, and the public.

Special Qualifications:

American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification desired but not required.

Work Environment:

Tasks require a variety of physical activities not generally involving muscular strain. Physical demands may occur in activities related to walking, standing, stooping, sitting, reaching, etc. Talking, hearing and seeing required in the daily performance of job duties. Mental application utilizes memory for details, emotional stability and discriminating thinking and creative problem solving. Periodic travel required in course of performing portions of job functions. Frequent local area travel required in the normal course of performing job duties

 Supplemental Information:

Works under the general supervision of the City Planner.


May provide close supervision to Planner(s) I while in training or on a project by project basis.



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