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Wasatch County Planner I

October 5, 2020 by Judi Pickell

EMPLOYMENT ANNOUNCEMENT

The Wasatch County Planning Office seeks full-time Planner I.  Grade 26 $21.09 – $24.81 ($49,027-$51,607) plus benefits. (Applicants meeting full requirements can expect to start towards higher end of salary range.)  If the Planner I vacancy is not filled by a qualified applicant, it may be under-filled as a full-time Planning Technician Grade 18 $18.56 – $20.42 plus benefits. The Planning Technician position is a career path position with opportunity to advance to a Planner I upon meeting certain qualifications.

 

The Planner I position requires an equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in planning, geography, landscape architecture, or a similar planning related field and two (2) years progressively responsible work experience (or internship) preferably performing civic planning activities. An equivalent combination of job-related education and experience may be used by substituting each one year of post-secondary education/training for six months of experience.

 

Duties of a Planning Technician are similar to that of a Planner I, but will not include some of the more technical review as expected with the Planner I position.  The Planning Technician position requires equivalent to a high school diploma. One (1) year college education/specialized training, and Two (2) years related work experience. Work experience may be waived for those with an equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree (obtained by spring 2021) in planning, geography, landscape architecture, or a similar planning related field.

 

Applications and complete job description are available from the Wasatch County Personnel Office 55 South 500 East Heber City, Utah or www.wasatch.utah.gov.   Completed applications with Resume must be submitted to the Personnel Office by 5:00 PM Monday, October 19, 2020.  Wasatch County is an EOE.

 

 

WASATCH COUNTY JOB DESCRIPTION

 

TITLE:  Planner I

EFFECTIVE DATE: February 21, 2020

DEPARTMENT:  Planning

JOB SUMMARY

 

Under general supervision of the Planning Director, or direct supervisor, the Planner I position reviews building permits, business licenses, subdivision projects, and zoning verification letters; provides information to the public regarding zoning and development; and coordinates activities in the receipt, investigation, and enforcement of the County zoning regulations. Performs basic planning and zoning related functions, and other duties as assigned.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Reviews and issues building permits and business licenses to determine compliance with County ordinances.
  • Reviews smaller scale subdivision applications.
  • Determines zoning verification certificates (grandfathered lots) for compliance with County ordinances.
  • Writes reports for Planning Commission, Board of Adjustment, and County Council meetings.
  • Answer phone calls and helps the public with questions regarding zoning, permits, zoning complaints and projects.
  • Ability to visually inspect areas, travel to sites, document inspection, understand and explain regulations, maintain records, file reports, communicate orally and in writing.
  • Provide responsible and technical staff assistance to Planning Director and/or supervisor on various planning functions, and attends Council/Planning Commission meetings as directed.
  • Coordinates the receipt of inquiries regarding zoning and code violations.
  • Prepares accurate case files, including the establishment of legal owner, and other information necessary to conduct investigation and enforcement action.
  • Coordinates the conduct of follow-up procedures including the preparation of additional correspondence, site visits, communication with complainants, attorneys, and property owners involved in code violation cases.
  • May need to appear in Court to present testimony.
  • Confers with planning, building, and other staff and officials to clarify interpretation of the law and procedures to be followed.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

  • Skill in clear and concise written and verbal communication. Specifically with an ability to prepare and present technical reports.
  • Ability to maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work activities.
  • Knowledge of computer equipment and programs. Knowledge of GIS is helpful.
  • Knowledge of current planning issues and trends.
  • Knowledge and application of various statistical methods.
  • Ability to apply zoning ordinances.
  • Ability to plan and organize comprehensive research studies.
  • Ability to be diplomatic with the public and with developers.
  • Must be detail oriented in reviews and address all aspects of the code.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

Typically sit at a desk or table.  Occasionally walk, stand, or stoop.  Occasionally lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects weighing up to 30 pounds.  Use tools or equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity.  Regularly drive a motor vehicle.  Work for sustained periods of time maintaining concentrated attention to detail.  Need to distinguish between shades of color.  Travel to local sites for field inspections (that may include hiking) and code enforcement.

 

Accommodation may be made for some of these physical demands for otherwise qualified individuals who require and request such accommodation.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS

Work is performed in an office, computer room, or other environmentally controlled room.    Work is occasionally performed outdoors in hot, cold, or inclement weather.  Incumbent may, on very limited cases, be exposed to possible bodily injury from spending time at construction sites.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree (or expected completion by May 2021) in planning, geography, landscape architecture, or a similar planning related field.  Two (2) years progressively responsible work experience (or internship) preferably performing civic planning activities. An equivalent combination of job-related education and experience may be used substituting each one year of post-secondary education/training for six months of experience.

 

LICENSING AND CERTIFICATION

Must possess a valid state of Utah driver’s license.

 

**This description lists the major duties and requirements of the job and is not all-inclusive.  Incumbent(s) may be expected to perform job-related duties other than those contained in this document and may be required to have specific job-related knowledge and skills.

To apply for this job email your details to sflynn@wasatch.utah.gov