Associate Planner

Employer: City of Pacific
Job Title: Associate Planner
Division: Planning/Community Development
Location: Pacific, WA 
Opening Date: 05/08/2019
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Salary: $5,046.57 - $5,850.35

Job Description: Under general direction, performs professional planning duties by researching and preparing planning documents which include recommendations regarding land use, zoning, community design, transpo1iation, housing, and environmental issues. Interprets planning ordinances and policies to the public. Participates in the review, development or revision of the various elements of the Comprehensive Plan, ordinances and other policies and procedures related to the Planning Department. Reviews development proposals for conformance with City zoning codes. Provides written and oral information to the public on a wide range of planning issues, including current, long-term and capital improvement projects.

Job Duties: 

  • Reviews land use proposals for compliance with planning and zoning regulations
  • Reviews and notes various building and land use permits
  • Researches, interprets and applies laws, codes and legislation related to city planning/zoning
  • Communicates with and assists developers, property owners, the public and elected officials regarding laws, policies, regulations, standards, and procedures with respect to the submission of plans, processing of applications and implementation requirements
  • Determines conformity with codes, policies, regulations, and procedures
  • Recommends approval or identifies problems and assesses alternatives for projects
  • Prepares various project related notices, State Environmental Policy Act reviews, and Staff Reports Related to planning and project development
  • Organize and facilitate public hearings, Planning Commission meetings, Park Board meetings
  • interacts with other citizen and agency groups
  • Produces public notices relating to planning and zoning issues
  • Researches, analyzes and reports historical/statistical data
  • Conducts SEPA environmental review as necessary
  • Reviews/analyzes land use actions
  • Analyzes Recommends Comprehensive Plan updates and Code revisions
  • Creates various reports for local, regional and state agencies dealing with land use and building activity
  • Reviews for approval proposed land use and development plans in accordance with established ordinances and laws
  • Reviews prior to approval decision on all zoning changes, complaints, and violations


  • Extensive knowledge of zoning and planning codes, regulations
  • Knowledge of public works functions
  • Knowledge of local, State and Federal government structure and associated regulations
  • Knowledge of funding and budgeting process
  • Basic knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and GIS software packages
  • Ability to read, speak and write English; Ability to perform basic math (add, subtract, multiply and divide)
  • Ability to effectively communicate in writing, including good technical writing skills
  • Ability to use independent judgment
  • Ability to read and understand blueprints, plans, drawings, codes, and regulations
  • Ability to conduct research using statistical data, field studies, surveys, and maps and prepare related report
  • Ability to collect, analyze, interpret and apply data to various planning projects
  • Ability to organize and conduct research studies, prepare concise technical reports, prepare maps, charts and other graphic material for effective presentation
  • Ability to apply applicable planning principals, laws and regulations to planning projects
  • Ability to research and provide an explanation of codes in technical reports and /or to project owners
  • Ability to effectively make public presentations
  • Ability to communicate with the general public in person, in writing, and on the telephone in a professional manner
  • Ability to coordinate and facilitate citizen group meetings
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with other employees, the public and other government officials

How to Apply: Please provide a City of Pacific application, cover letter, and resume.