Planning Technician | Edgewood, WA

Employer: City of Edgewood
Job Type: Full Time
Location: Edgewood, WA
Opening Date: 07/15/2020
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Description:

The  Planning  Technician  performs  entry‐level  paraprofessional  work,  devoting  a  significant amount of time on routine administrative tasks and working closely with the public on a regular  basis to provide customer service on planning issues; may be asked to perform professional‐level  duties of limited complexity.  Due to the limited number of City staff, each staff member is expected to perform a wide range of office and field duties. The City of Edgewood is an at‐will employer and all staff members serve at the pleasure of the Mayor.

Job Duties:

  • Provides technical assistance and information to staff and the public in the administration of specific planning programs areas or ordinances.
  • Reviews building plans and zoning permit applications to ensure compliance with requirements such as use, bulk, placement, and parking ratios;
  • Performs routine office tasks in designated program areas, including data entry, file management, copying, and answering telephones;
  • Develops and maintains automated tracking systems, hard copy files, and records.
  • Reviews and prepares narrative staff reports and recommendations of limited complexity, such as conditional use permits, boundary line adjustments, variances, and other routine planning projects;
  • Researches and compiles information on a variety of planning issues from multiple sources.
  • Prepares public notices or property owner verifications.
  • Prepares and updates data analysis items such as maps, charts, or tables of limited complexity;
  • Investigates violations of development regulations and ordinances, including site visits.
  • Attends public meetings and assists other planning staff, as appropriate.
  • Advises various councils, boards, commissions, and elected officials in planning‐related issues.
  • Assists in updating City Codes, Comprehensive Plan, and other regulations as necessary.
  • Respond to citizen inquiries regarding the Comprehensive Plan; Zoning, Subdivision and Land Use Codes; either at the counter, over the phone, in writing, at formal and informal meetings, or all of the above.
  • Individuals may be required to perform other duties as assigned.
  • Maintain, disclose and destroy public records in accordance with the requirements of the WA Public Records Act and WA State Archives retention guidelines.




  • Knowledge of planning principles and practices, including pertinent specialties;
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of research and data collection;
  • Knowledge of effective writing techniques;
  • Statistical, algebraic, or geometric knowledge and ability to apply such knowledge in practical situations;
  • Knowledge of computer hardware and software programs, which may include Microsoft Office, Internet applications, and GIS;
  • Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations including recent changes;
  • Knowledge of local government procedures and practices;
  • Citizen involvement techniques and processes;
  • Knowledge of computer hardware and software programs, which may include Microsoft Office, Internet applications, econometric or transportation modeling, database management, or GIS. Skills and Abilities
  • Oral communication and interpersonal skills to explain rules and procedures clearly to the public;
  • Problem‐solving skills to gather relevant information to solve vaguely defined practical problems;
  • Ability to review plans and apply ordinance and code provisions to determine compliance with such regulations and to apply those regulations to field conditions;
  • Ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously;
  • Ability to work independently or in a team environment as needed;
  • Reading comprehension to understand technical and legal materials;
  • A sense of humor and positive attitude are essential.



















Required Two years of experience in plan review, zoning, building codes, surveying, or construction; OR A bachelor's degree in urban planning, architecture, public policy, or related area of study; OR Any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the applicant with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the essential job functions. AND The ability to obtain, and maintain a valid Washington State Driver’s License throughout employment, and documentation to fulfill the requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act within 3 days of employment. Preferred Relevant planning experience Prior work in local government

How to Apply:

If you meet the minimum qualifications and are interested in applying for this position, please email your application packet consisting of a cover letter, resume, signed EOCC statement, signed job description, and your responses to the supplemental questions (listed below) to: [email protected].  

Application packets may also be sent to the City of Edgewood via regular mail to the following address:

City of Edgewood Human Resources
2224 104th Ave E
Edgewood, WA 98372‐1513

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Incomplete submittals will be disqualified. Only those applicants selected to move forward in the process may be contacted. Submittals will be retained in accordance with Records Retention practices. If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact human resources at 253‐952‐3299 or via e‐mail at [email protected] .