Land Use Planner I

Employer: Des Moines, WA
Job Type: Regular, Full Time
Division: Community Development

Location: Des Moines, WA
Opening Date: 09/06/2017
Closing Date: Open until filled, priority consideration for applications received by 9/30/2017
Salary: $61,488 to $74,736 yearly

Job Description:

Reporting to the Planning and Development Services Manager and/or Principal Planner, performs current planning duties that implement the comprehensive plan and other functional planning documents, administers state and City subdivision, land use and environmental regulations, performs technical plan review, provides public information, responds to inquiries during counter hours and via phone, prepares written reports, and assists in the preparation and updating of City subdivision and land use codes and the comprehensive plan.

Job Duties:

Administers adopted City land use, zoning, subdivision and environmental regulations. Processes development review and building permit applications for primarily residential projects and some small-scale light industrial and commercial uses for compliance with City codes; reviews and approves plan checks for building projects. Performs environmental analysis for SEPA and municipal environmental regulation compliance related to building projects, subdivisions, rezones, shoreline permits, and variances. Takes phone calls and inquiries from the public and other agencies; provides assistance to walk in customers at the counter. Provides support for permit center operations, including application intake and routing. Prepares written reports regarding land use and development permits. Conducts research and prepares draft policies and regulations relating to land use and urban planning for City Council consideration and action. Conducts pre-application meetings and coordinates information flow for the purposes of providing a common City position that clearly guides individuals interested in developing property within the City. Assists Planning and Development Services Manager and Community Development Director in reporting and formulating projections of development activity for budget tracking and future budget purposes. Provides zoning, subdivision, and development process information to other departments and the public. Develops and implements effective and traceable procedures for reviewing development applications. Assists in the maintenance and updating of the comprehensive plan as assigned by the Planning and Development Services Manager or Director. Undertakes land use planning and other administrative duties as may be assigned verbally or in writing. Establishes and maintains cooperative, effective working relationships with co-workers, other City employees, and the general public using principles of good customer service. Reports for scheduled work with regular, reliable and punctual attendance. Performs other duties as assigned, including but not limited to being assigned to work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, equalize peak work periods, or balance the workload. 


Bachelor's degree in planning, environmental studies or an urban design related discipline; AND one year of professional land use planning experience; OR any combination of education and experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities. Some experience in writing land use codes and comprehensive plans is highly desired, but not required. Working knowledge of ArcView, City GIS, AutoCAD, cartography, common drafting and GIS software preferred. Master's degree in urban/regional planning, environmental studies or an urban design related discipline may be partially credited toward the experience requirement depending on the emphasis of the graduate and undergraduate education.

Supplemental Information:

For the full job announcement and additional information on how to apply, please go to the City of Des Moines, WA job information website: 

How to Apply:

Apply on-line at:

<< Return to Job Board