City of La Mesa, CA Senior Planner in La Mesa, California

Job Title:

Senior Planner

Opening Date/Time:

Wed. 03/07/18 12:00 AM Pacific Time


$42.74 - $51.97 Hourly

$7,408.27 - $9,008.13 Monthly

$88,899.20 - $108,097.60 Annually

Job Type:

Regular Full-Time


City Hall, 8130 Allison Avenue, La Mesa, CA, 91942, California


Community Development

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Position Summary


Supplemental Questions

Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job. For a complete list of the job description please refer to the City website.

To supervise the work of planning staff in the performance of complex and advanced professional duties and responsibilities supporting the City's current and advanced planning functions; to supervise long-term and complex assignments with responsibility for project development, making determinations based on established policies, setting of priorities, developing time lines, evaluating work assigned to staff, and assuring quality and accuracy of Departmental output; and to serve as liaison and provide assistance and information to applicants, developers, consultants, the general public, and outside organizations and agencies regarding City codes, policies, standards, and processes.

Key Responsibilities:

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

  • Perform complex advanced planning work and manage long-term special project assignments in the Department.

  • Direct, coordinate and review the work plan for assigned professional planning services and activities; assign, monitor, and track work activities and projects; forecast expected future activity and assist with related revenue projections; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures; meet with staff to identify and resolve problems.

  • Support staff in dissemination of information to the public, which includes providing direction to staff where interpretation or clarification of codes, regulations, or policies is required, and assisting in implementing methods to improve customer service and provision of information.

  • Prepare and administer revisions to planning and zoning regulations; analyze and recommend action on applications for zone changes, variances and conditional use permits.

  • Participate in the administration and enforcement of zoning and planning regulations; conduct market studies; supervise long-term environmental planning functions.

  • Manage permit processing and development review procedures for the City, including staff representation for advisory Boards and Commissions and City Council; review and recommend changes to procedures to reflect local policies and changes in State regulations.

  • Administer local zoning, subdivision, code enforcement and land use and development regulations for the City, including interpretation and application of local ordinances and development of implementation policies and procedures.

  • Coordinate development review and permit processing procedures with other City departments and governmental agencies in accordance with local, State and Federal requirements.

  • Prepare environmental impact reports or initial studies; manage contracts for preparation of environmental studies by consultants.

  • Prepare official population estimates and projections, housing statistics and economic studies; maintain basic information and statistical data bases for the City; report such data on housing and population to State and Federal agencies as required for the City.

  • Serve as the liaison for the Planning and Zoning Division with other divisions, departments and outside agencies; negotiate and resolve sensitive and controversial issues.

  • Serve as staff on a variety of boards, commissions and committees; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.

  • Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of current and advanced planning.

  • Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.

  • Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban or regional planning, or a related field.


At least five years of professional level experience in urban planning including one year of supervisory or lead responsibility.

License or Certificate:

Possession of an appropriate, valid driver's license.

Examination Process:

Interested applicants must submit an online application and supplemental questionnaire. This recruitment is open until the needs of the City are met so interested applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. Unless specifically stated otherwise in this announcement, all requirements must be met at the time of application, and all required licenses and certificates must be current and valid. Only those candidates whose qualifications most closely meet the needs of the City will be invited to participate in the examination process. The examination process may consist of any or all of the following components: written exercise, oral interview and/or practical performance examination. Eligible candidates will be notified when testing dates have been established.

NOTE: Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment background and medical evaluation and may include an alcohol/drug screen.