Salt Lake City


    Requisition ID
    Minimum Salary
    USD $25.40/Hr.
    Maximum Salary
    USD $34.66/Hr.
    US-UT-Salt Lake City
  • Overview

    The Planning Division is hiring (3) three individuals to fill the role of Principal Planner. The Principal Planner performs full professional level planning tasks and duties related to complex, current and long-range planning, research and urban design. Analyzes and presents planning research in written, graphic, or oral reports for use by the Planning Director, the Planning Commission, Historic Landmark Commission, the Mayor and City Council. This job assignment may require specialized skills in Land Use and Transportation Planning, Environmental Planning, Urban Design, Community Planning, Historic Preservation, or other specialty areas.


    Position will remain open until filled and may close at anytime without notice. 


    • Performs planning analysis for complex planning projects to ensure implementation of General Plan goals, policies and zoning and subdivision ordinance regulations. Analyzes general plan policies, zoning and subdivision ordinance compliance, negotiated development exactions, performance standards and initiates staff recommendations.         
    • Prepares in narrative, statistical and graphic format comprehensive policies for the general plan, community plans, small area master plans and other projects as assigned. Prepares professional staff reports for the Mayor, City Council, Planning Commission, Historic Landmark Commission, Administrative Hearing Officer and Appeals Hearing Officer and other groups as assigned.   Also prepares information about plans and planning review process for the general public.
    • Manages the citizen participation process for long range plans and complex development projects; maintains required records, meeting summaries, other mandatory information; facilitates solutions with citizen councils, developers, officials from the City, other municipalities, counties, regional planning agencies, the State of Utah and the Federal government.
    • Reviews, interprets, and approves plans and applications for compliance with planning and development regulations for conditional uses, special exceptions, subdivisions certificates of appropriateness, Conditional Building and Site Design Review and Planned Developments and/or Capital Improvement Projects, or refers individuals to the appropriate governing agency.
    • Initiates and manages the consultant selection process, implementation of plans, and contract monitoring and payment for consultant planning projects.
    • Attends and/or conducts meetings to explain planning and development activities, propose conflict resolution solutions, and respond to inquiries. Makes formal presentations of planning issues to community groups, the Planning Commission, Historic Landmark Commission, Appeals Hearing Officer, Administrative Hearing Officer, Mayor and the City Council.
    • Performs other related duties as assigned.


    • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in urban planning or a closely related field and three (3) to five (5) years of full time, paid, professional experience in city planning OR an equivalent combination of education and full time, paid, professional urban planning experience on a year for year basis. Specialized planners may require specific, specialized experience.
    • Ability to perform the compilation, analysis, and preparation of professional written reports and technical statistical analyses and forecasts.
    • Knowledge of principles and practices of urban planning, building construction, site development, zoning ordinances, urban design, historic preservation, architecture, and landscape architecture as applied to city planning and other Federal and environmental standards, processes and policies.
    • Demonstrated ability to write professional staff reports and planning policies. Must communicate effectively, orally, visually and in writing, with individuals from diverse organizations and backgrounds.
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with division heads, supervisors, employees and the public.
    • Possession of a valid driver's license or driving privilege card to visit various sites locations or participate in citizen/committee meetings. 



    • Membership in the American Planning Association (APA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA) or the Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).
    • Possession of an AICP certificate.
    • Demonstrated proficiency with the use of current graphic, design and art techniques and technologies including Adobe Creative Suite, (In Design, Photoshop, Illustrator) and Sketch-up.
    • Demonstrated ability in computer applications related to planning Including Geographic Information Systems.


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