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Payson Planner II

July 23, 2020 by Judi Pickell

Website Payson, UT

Payson City Job Description
FLSA Status: Exempt
Last Revised: April 14, 2020
I. Position Title: Planner II
II. Summary of Overall Purpose of Position:
The purpose of this position is to perform journey level planning duties by performing a variety of
routine and complex technical work in both short and long-term planning under general
supervision of the Community Development Director; review and make recommendations on
development proposals; assist in coordinating assigned activities and projections with other
departments, outside agencies, and the general public; recommends conditions and/or alternatives
to ensure projects are responsive to the emerging needs of the community and consistent with city
policies and codes; provide accurate information to the public, employees of the City, and elected
and appointed officials on many state and local code provisions, official land use maps, the general
plan, and other pertinent information.
III. Essential Duties
▪ Conduct research, prepare staff reports and make presentations on project proposals to
the Planning Commission, Board of Adjustment, and City Council as required.
▪ Develop planning studies and reports in support of new and updated plans, programs,
and regulations; may be required to conduct special land use, demographic, social and
economic studies and review other relevant factors relating to planning issues.
▪ Process, track, analyze and make recommendations on a wide variety of applications;
reviews land use applications to verify that all components of applications are provided
and are in compliance; review building permit site plans to calculate square footage, lot
coverage and other necessary items to ensure compliance with City ordinances and
approved development agreements; assure that residential architectural reviews are
made in a timely manner and coordinated with applications for variances, use permits,
zone changes, subdivisions, and site and design review.
▪ Performs pre-application research, requests details for potential development;
researches zoning, planning, development history; and communicates research with
applicants; communicates development process, applicable regulations and potential
▪ Assists with writing land use regulations and policies, identifies key stake holder groups;
drafts new regulations; presents new regulations to Planning Commission and City
Council for formal adoption.
▪ Interpret and apply applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes and regulations.
Initiate actions necessary to correct deficiencies or violations of regulations.
▪ Assist Building Official to perform and/or coordinate inspections to ensure compliance
with approved land, permit, and all applicable codes and ordinances; complete site
inspections to ensure compliance with approved plans and permits.
▪ Respond to public inquiries regarding land use, zoning, development, and zoning
enforcement; assist in resolving citizen and customer concerns.
▪ Complete field investigations to evaluate zoning violations, document evidence; contact
the responsible persons, compose letters to inform violators, perform follow-up
investigations, and obtain resolution through voluntary compliance, abatement of
violation, or court proceedings; prepare documentation and reports regarding zoning
enforcement matters.
▪ Updates zoning maps and other graphic representations to ensure that the most
accurate information is readily available.
▪ Performs frequent customer service work both on the phone and at the front counter as
the initial representative and liaison for the City’s planning department; deals with case
sensitive and occasionally controversial issues, works regularly with diverse groups of
people and organizations, including the Planning Commission, Board of Adjustment, City
Council, developers, contractors, environmental agencies, the public and other City
IV. Marginal Duties
▪ Perform other duties as assigned.
V. Qualifications
Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in
planning, geography, public administration, architecture, or a related field.
Experience: A minimum of three years of experience in planning, permit management and/or municipal
land development.
Licenses/Certifications: A valid driver’s license.
Knowledge of: Federal, state, and local laws and codes relating to land use, urban planning, zoning,
community development standards, and the environment; principles and practices of land use planning
and permitting; public information process, as well as an understanding of the developer or applicant;
researching methods using a variety of data sources, methods and techniques of effective technical
report preparation and presentation; current planning case law; and general knowledge of building code
Ability to: Exercise independent judgment to make decisions about day-to-day issues and activities;
interpret and apply policies and procedures to situations; deal tactfully and courteously with customers,
both internal and external; prepare, maintain and process a variety of documents; interpret, evaluate
and apply complex rules and regulations; conduct research and analysis, read and interpret maps,
permits, applications, and other plans; establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers,
other departments, outside agencies, and the public; work with mathematical concepts; meet
deadlines; set priorities, and deal calmly and effectively with public under stressful situations.
Skill in: Providing effective customer service; organization and strict attention to detail; problem solving
and making decisions; multitasking; and using a computer and various software programs such as
Microsoft Office and GIS software.
Communication Skills: Ability to communicate effectively to the public to explain permit procedures,
codes and how to interpret technical information and effectively communicate both verbally and in
Tool, Machine, Equipment Operation: Operates a variety of standard office equipment such as
computer, printer, copier, telephone etc.
VI. Working Conditions
Physical Demands: Work is performed mostly in office settings. Some outdoor work is required in the
inspection of various land use developments and construction sites. Hand-eye coordination is necessary
to operate computers and various pieces of office equipment. Employee is regularly required to sit,
stand, or walk; talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or
operate objects, tools or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift
and/or move up to 20 pounds. Good vision is required to view plans.
Working Conditions: Employee will work in a generally comfortable office setting. While performing
the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The employee
occasionally may be exposed to wet and/or humid conditions or airborne particles. The noise level in
the work environment is usually quiet in the office, and moderate to loud in the in the field. Great
mental effort is required daily, mental pressure and fatigue exist during a normal workday; extensive
contact with the public; extensive contact with the public; night meetings and weekend work required;
detail oriented, frequent stress from interpersonal interactions with public, city administration,
developers, and city council.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by
the person(s) assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties,
responsibilities and skills required of personnel so classified. The approved class specifications are not
intended to and do not infer or create any employment, compensation, or contract rights to any person
or persons. This updated job description supersedes prior descriptions for the same position.
Management reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

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