Planner I - Durango, CO

The City of Durango is accepting applications for a Planner I position in the Community Development Department. The selected individual will perform a variety of general and specialized professional planning functions, with an emphasis on customer service, processing permit applications, and assisting with current planning projects. This position completes professional entry-level planning functions in support of assigned projects including customer service, code interpretation, review of permits and development proposals, analyzing data, interpreting regulatory documents, researching best practices, and preparing reports.

The overall goals for this position are to:

  • Receive, review, and manage the appropriate process for reaching decisions on development proposals and applications, including site plans, special use permits, limited use permits, variances, design review applications, building permit applications, sign permits, fence permits, and others.

  • Interpret and explain code requirements to developers, builders, and the public.

  • Prepare informational materials, application forms, and web-based content which aids in understanding code requirements.

  • Research, analyze and interpret social, economic, land use and population data and prepare written reports and make recommendations on planning activities.

  • Confer with and advise developers, contractors and the general public on acceptable site plans and development proposals to ensure compliance with regulations and ordinances.

  • Assist in the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Plan, character districts, area plans, and neighborhood plans. Assist in the conduct of public meetings and prepare citizen participation materials, including brochures, flyers, maps, visualizations, audio-visual content, web-based content, and various materials about upcoming projects.

  • Prepare staff reports and make presentations to various Boards. Provide staff assistance to boards and commissions as assigned.

  • Coordinate planning activities with other departments, divisions, outside agencies and other organizations.

  • Provide timely, courteous, and accurate customer service to the public at the counter, over the phone, via e-mail, and in the field.

This position is housed in the Community Development Department. For more information about the Community

Development Department, please visit our website .

The position requires a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university with course work in planning, landscape architecture, political science, public administration, geography, or a related field. One to two years of progressively responsible experience in community planning, local government, or a related field is preferred, but not required.

Annual salary starts at $50,440, plus excellent benefits.

Planner I Job Description

Background check required. Drug Free/EOE.

To apply, please fill out an online job application  at www.durangogov.org and submit a cover letter and current resume to hr@durangogov.org . A cover letter and resume are required.

Application, Cover Letter, and Resume must be received on Friday, June 14, 2019.

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