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Planning Technician / Planner I

City of Aspen

Aspen, CO United States

How to Apply
URL: https://www.aspen.gov/183/Job-Opportunities

This position works with other members of the land use planning team (12 members in total) under the larger umbrella of Aspen's Community Development department (Planning, Building, Environmental Health and Sustainability). Performs entry, professional-level planning and zoning work and technical duties to provide support and service to the public, to members of the Community Development department and other City agencies in a manner consistent with the organization's values and mission statement.

Customer Service and Records Keeping

Serves as a primary 'planner of the day' providing exemplary customer service to the public in person, by phone and via email, by answering technical questions related to land use code, official zone district map, and departmental procedures. Confers with applicants and the public to explain, interpret, and discuss regulations, plans, and polices as they relate to proposed development, and provides verbal and written communication as needed. Maintains records and files for data tracking purposes according to departmental procedures.

Land Use Planning

Performs entry, professional-level planning work, including participating in zoning support and special projects within long-range planning and historic preservation functions. Processes minor land use cases, such as administrative Planned Development and Environmentally Sensitive Area reviews, acts as a primary reviewer for Residential Design Standards compliance and assists more senior level staff on major land use cases. The Planner I position is expected to apply professional judgement and navigate ambiguity in responding to a range of complex land use issues.

Zoning Support

Conducts plan review of building permits for zoning compliance. Works with customers and city referral agencies to bring projects into compliance with city codes and land use approvals. Provides final zoning approval on zoning permits as assigned. Provides zoning research, field inspections, and documentation, or analysis of current conditions for zoning enforcement.

City Organizational Values:

Supports and models the City of Aspen organizational values: Service, Partnership, Stewardship, and Innovation. Organizational values are shared principles that guide behavior across the organization. This position is responsible for upholding and applying these values while performing daily work functions.

Minimum Qualifications:

Planning Technician

Education: Bachelor's Degree in planning, architecture, landscape architecture, business administration, or related field.
Experience: One year of professional experience in planning or municipal government administration.

Planner I

Education: Bachelor's Degree in planning, architecture, landscape architecture, business administration, or related field.

Experience: One to three years of professional experience in municipal, county or private sector planning. (A Master's Degree may be substituted for two years of experience.)

Pursuit of AICP certification will be encouraged.

Experience Level
Entry (0-1 year)
AICP Level
Land Use and Development Regulation and Zoning
Salary Range
Hiring Range: $29.08 - $35.66/hr.

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