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3530City of Chehalis Comprehensive Planner Position

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  • Dayana Salazar
    Apr 25, 2008

      The City of Chehalis, Washington is currently accepting applications for the position of Comprehensive Planner in our Community Development Department .  Your assistance is greatly appreciated in helping us get the word out to interested candidates.
      Please see the attached  job description and visit our website at www.cityofchehalis.com for details and application materials.
      Thank you for your assistance  and please feel free to contact me if you need any additional information.
      Peggy Hammer
      Human Resources Administrator & Risk Manager
      City of Chehalis
      1321 S. Market Blvd.
      Chehalis, WA   98532
      Business:  (360) 345-3222
      Fax: (360) 748-6993


      Class Title: Planner
      Working Title: Comprehensive Planner
      Department: Community Development
      Division: Planning
      FLSA Non-exempt
      Date: April 2008


      This position performs complex and sensitive planning and community development duties using established policies, guidelines and procedures, and the highest moral and ethical standards.  Requires a broad knowledge of planning principals, and the ability to understand, define and express a variety of projects and programs to elected officials and the public.  


      This position works under the supervision of the Community Development Director.


      This position may supervise the work product of consultants or others related to specific tasks, however this position does not generally supervise any subordinate positions.


      Conduct research, perform analysis and integrate completed work products into composite reports or proposals in both narrative and graphic forms.

      Present reports, proposals and recommendations to the City Council, Planning Commission, Hearing Examiner, Historic Commission, local, state or federal agencies and the Management Team.  Present reports and proposals to community, neighborhood or special interest groups.

      Conduct annual review of the Community Rating System Program and perform tasks required to recertify eligibility of the city.  Identify Program areas where additional rating points are reasonably attainable and initiate programs or processes to acquire those points.

      Conduct annual review of the Comprehensive Plan and perform tasks required to present citizen or staff amendment petitions for consideration.  

      Identify logical neighborhoods or geographic sub-areas within the city and create proposed sub-area plans consistent with the comprehensive plan and the desires of the population of the sub-area.

      Identify and coordinate technical and policy issues between the city’s comprehensive plan and outside agencies.  Identify and recommend resolution of inconsistencies within or between adopted plans, policies, or related documents and the comprehensive plan.

      Develop complex long-range policies and programs for presentation to elected officials.

      Identify and respond to sensitive community and organizational issues, concerns and needs.

      Review land use applications for consistency with adopted regulations.

      Receive and appropriately respond to inquiries on the telephone, e-mail, fax, in writing or in person.

      Communicate complex ideas proficiently both orally and in writing in the English language.

      Accurately read, interpret and apply adopted rules, regulations, policies and procedures to land use applications.

      Accurately read and interpret maps and blueprints normally associated with land-use planning.

      Analyze proposed land use activities and clearly communicate the appropriate development guidelines and      application requirements.

      Organize and perform multiple tasks and responsibilities within assigned deadlines.

      Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.

      Maintain confidentiality as required.    


      Responds to staff and citizen inquiries relating to planning, zoning, annexation, growth management and related land use and comprehensive planning issues.

      Facilitate community and public involvement in meetings to gather information, generate public participation in planning proposals, facilitate public processes involving other departments, offices and commissions.

      Analyze, interpret and prepare reports and recommendations relating to significant court decisions, referendums and initiatives that affect city planning.

      Attends county or agency meetings relating to strategic, regional or comprehensive planning issues.

      Prepare an analysis and recommendations relating to SEPA checklist or EIS filed with the department.

      Represent the city while attending work-related meetings, conferences or training.

      Investigate potential violations of city land-use regulations on request.  Prepare documents and reports appropriate for potential judicial review.

      Perceive when non-routine activities are required and advise the director of alternatives.  Makes efforts to modify workload to assist with critical or emergency situations, assignments or projects as needed.    

      Perform other related duties and responsibilities as required.


      Computer, calculator, measuring devices, writing instruments, printer, fax machine, and other devices normally required to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.


      The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

      Employee must sit, stand, walk, talk, see and hear.  Employee must use hands, fingers, handle and feel objects, tools and controls.  Employee must have normal dexterity and range of motion of hands, arms and legs.  Employee must occasionally climb and balance, and be able to traverse uneven ground in adverse weather conditions when visiting an application site.  The employee is required to walk, reach with hands and arms, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.


      The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

      Employee works generally in an office environment, but must occasionally drive a vehicle to other locations and facilities and to perform work in the field.  


      Education and Experience:
      Bachelors degree in urban planning, political science, or related field, and a minimum of five years work experience with complex planning programs in a government planning office, or;

      Combination of education, training, and practical experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform the essential duties of the position.

      Able to demonstrate working knowledge of the requirements of the Growth Management Act, Shoreline Management Act, and State Environmental Policy Act.

      General knowledge of all state and federal regulations that affect the ability of the city to generate comprehensive plans and development regulations.

      Ability to meet physical demands of job and perform essential job functions.

      Working knowledge and use of basic Microsoft Office software including Word and Excel.

      Possession of a valid Washington State driver’s license with a good driving record.  (Finalists for this position will be required to provide a Driving Record Abstract for review by the City Of Chehalis).


      Masters degree in urban planning or related field.

      Previous experience with both private sector and government planning.

      Previous experience in public speaking and making presentations to groups.

      American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) credentials

      Ability to operate a GIS program.

      City Of Chehalis April 2008