City Planner | Astoria, OR

Employer: City of Astoria
Job Type: City Planner
Division: Community Development
Salary: $59,292 - $72,069 annually (DOE)
Location: Astoria, OR
Opening Date: 05/18/2021
Closing Date: First review - 06/11/2021

Job Description:

This position is responsible for preparing technical reports, memorandums, supporting information, staff reports for various boards, commissions, and community partners pertaining to program areas; conducts research, analyzes, interprets, and packages data for presentations, and develops written reports on assigned projects; does related work as required. Position requires substantial contact with the public.

Job Duties:

  • Refines and maintains Zoning Ordinance, Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Map.
  • Assists in the preparation, implementation, updating and review of ordinances pertaining to planning program areas.
  • Reviews development proposals for compliance with City codes.
  • Identifies community problems, issues, and opportunities in particular neighborhoods that could be mitigated through better community planning
  • Develops long range plans for communities with common development issues
  • Develops strategies to promote economic and community development or efficient land use consistent with community goals
  • Coordinates with Planning Commission, Historic Landmarks Commission, Design Review Committee and other Commission/Committee agendas and attend such meetings.
  • Assists in coordinating the development services program, including interdepartmental review, pre-application conferences, and processing of development review applications from intake to close out.
  • Interprets and applies basic policies and regulations related to general plans, zoning and land divisions.
  • Independently formulates staff findings and recommendations pertaining to land development requests and community development projects.
  • Responds to public inquiries and public agency requests to relate or interpret land use ordinances, policies and procedures.
  • Delivers excellent customer service at the counter, over the phone, and other venues where city business is conducted and customer interface is expected.
  • Conducts research, gathers and analyzes data and develops written reports on assigned projects.
  • Assists in preparation of grant applications and management of grant funded projects.
  • Prepares presentations and performs public presentations to City Council, Commissions and various committees
  • Conducts field investigations of violations of land use and land division ordinances and performs follow-up code enforcement.
  • Prepares routine charts, maps, graphic displays, and other infographics as well as develops and executes public involvement strategies for specific projects and program areas.
  • Assists Community Development Director on economic development, historic preservation, and urban renewal related projects.
  • Maintains punctual, regular and predictable attendance.
  • Maintains a professional appearance and follows dress code protocol where assigned.
  • Respectfully takes direction from the supervisor.
  • Works collaboratively in a team environment with a spirit of cooperation.
  • Follows all safety rules and procedures established for various work areas.
  • Follows policies, procedures, and guidelines as described in the City of Astoria Personnel Manual and other documentation related to this position.



Ability to perform essential job duties with or without reasonable accommodation and without posing a direct threat to safety or health of employee or others. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

1. Master's Degree with four years of experience in the planning profession or a bachelor's degree and six years of professional planning experience.
2. Possession of or ability to obtain a valid Driver's License within three months of hire; safe driving record.


1. A member of American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) or other professional license or certification.


  • Advanced knowledge of the philosophies, principals, practices & techniques of planning
  • Well-developed knowledge of one or more planning disciplines, such as urban design, affordable housing, economic development or land use
  • Knowledge of principles, methodology, practices of research and data collection
  • Knowledge of effective writing techniques
  • Knowledge of or experience in community remediation and redevelopment, and knowledge of relevant Federal programs
  • 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, econometric or transportation modeling, database management, or GIS


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills for preparing and presenting planning reports and projects
  • Excellent interpersonal skills for facilitating relationships with elected/appointed officials or other decision-makers
  • Creative problem-solving skills to gather relevant information to solve less well-defined planning problems
  • Group facilitation skills for use with community workshops
  • Ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously
  • Ability to provide effective supervision and staff management
  • Ability to manage projects effectively and meet firm deadlines

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