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Planning Technician

Development Services | Caldwell, ID | Full Time | From $39,564.00 to $40,912.00 per year

Job Description

Starting Wage:  $39,564 - $40,912 annually, DOE

General Statement of Duties

Performs administrative support tasks to compile and prepare maps, data bases and other planning documents for the Development Services Department; performs related work as required.  

Classification Summary

The principal function of an employee in this class is to collect and compile accurate data for planning purposes, including preparing maps, radius notices, legal publications, performing research projects and reports.  The work is performed under the direct supervision of a Planner or other designated supervisor.  The principal duties of this class are performed in a public building environment.

Examples of Work (Illustrative Only)

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform research on land use, zoning, building, demographics, density, mapping and other related issues;
  • Perform research using sources that include, but are not limited to, field investigations, state and other government agencies, local governments, libraries, city and County records, personal interviews, and computerized data bases;
  • Greet customers at the public counter and explain a variety of technical information that may include land use and zoning requirements, application filing procedures and permit review process;
  • Review building permit and zoning permit applications to assure compliance with requirements
  • Assist Planners on zoning reviews and parcel inquiries;
  • Oversees general informational email and directs to appropriate party;
  • Maintain permit records, logs and files.  Prepare application packages; identify agencies that need to approve the project and route packages to agencies for review, prepare parcel legal descriptions for notification to agencies, track permit applications and plan reviews through the review process, monitor CUPs and Development agreements for condition and timeline compliance and follow up on application packages that are not returned;
  • Research, collect, and record factual property and resource information from a variety of sources;
  • Develop and prepare site maps, reports, databases and spreadsheets, brochures and pamphlets, and other information storage and presentation formats for use by planning staff, County Planning, Zoning Commission and other agencies and bodies;
  • Maintain various databases for planning and zoning information;  
  • Organize and maintain the department library of current planning data, maps and atlases, professional planning journals, and related information;
  • Prepare agency notification packets for agency response;
  • Prepare photographs and conduct site visits of subject property as requested by the planning staff;
  • Receive and record exhibits regarding individual cases;
  • Communicate and coordinate regularly with others to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations and activities;
  • Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with County policies, procedures and safety practices.

Other Duties and Responsibilities

Performs other related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

Knowledge of:

  • Problem-solving skills to gather relevant information to solve practical problems and address citizen inquiries and concerns;
  • Ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously;
  • Ability to work independently or on a team;
  • Principles and practices of effective customer service;
  • Reading and interpreting maps and other documents;
  • English grammar, spelling, and punctuation;
  • Operation of a personal computer and job-related software applications;
  • Current office practices and procedures;
  • Record keeping and filing practices and procedures.

Ability to:

  • Work cooperatively and constructively with fellow employees and members of the public to provide public service of the highest quality and quantity;
  • Follow oral and written instructions;
  • Record and verify geographical information;
  • Prepare maps, brochures, informational packets and other materials;
  • Communicate effectively with supervisor, co-workers and other staff;
  • Maintain a professional demeanor during stressful situations;
  • Understand and follow oral and/or written policies, procedures and instructions;
  • Perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines;
  • Demonstrate integrity, ingenuity and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks.

Acceptable Experience and Training

  • High school diploma or GED is required; and
  • Two (2) years general office and administrative support experience, preferably in a planning and zoning environment, is preferred; and
  • Experience in CAD mapping is preferred; or
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work;

Special Qualifications

  • Must successfully complete a background investigation through the National Crime Information Center (NCIC);
  • Idaho driver’s license

Essential Physical Abilities

  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to comprehend verbal instructions and communicate effectively on the telephone, in writing and in person;
  • Sufficient visual acuity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to discern written work instructions, record land data, and review and update departmental maps and master plans;
  • Sufficient manual dexterity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to standard office equipment and computer equipment;
  • Sufficient personal mobility, agility, strength, and physical reflexes, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to work in a general office environment.

EOE Statement

Canyon County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment decisions related to recruitment and selection are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.