Assistant Development Planner

Date Posted: 01/23/2017
Location: Gresham, Oregon
Employer: City of Gresham
Start Date: 01/23/2017
Compensation Range: $4,802.00 - $6,135.00 Monthly
Employer Address:
1333 NW Eastman Pkwy
Gresham, Oregon 97030
Work Description

The City of Gresham has an exciting new opportunity for an Assistant Development Planner within the Urban Design and Planning Department. Current growth has created demand for a design professional with a specialty in development review and urban design. This position requires experience and training in landscape architecture, architecture, or urban design and experience in processing development applications (whether for the private or public sector). Experience in site planning and building design, such as putting together schematic design packages, sustainability, integrated infrastructure, and a desire to create great places is essential.

Gresham, the fourth largest city in the state of Oregon, is located in the Northwest part of the state between Portland and Mount Hood at the gateway to the Columbia River Gorge. The City provides general local government services, and boasts a proud, diverse and growing population. This position plays an important role in promoting the City’s organizational value of public service to a community that emphasizes better design through its work with land use planning and urban design.

To learn more about the characteristics of the Assistant Development Planner, please review the class specification on our website at

The Assistant Development Planner performs independent work providing knowledge and abilities in development review and urban design. This position works with developers, architects and other design and development professionals. In this capacity the Assistant Planner provides counsel to applicants pertaining to land use and design, processes development applications and prepares land use reports. The Urban Design and Planning Department fosters an environment of collaboration and teamwork dedicated to public service.

The primary duties of this position may include, but are not limited to:
•Attending and preparing reports for Pre-application Conferences and Design Commission Consultations;
•Processing development permit applications including: performing completeness review, analyzing pertinent information on applicable design district and land use requirements, writing staff reports and recommendations, and presenting findings and recommendations to the Manager and Design Commission;
•Explaining and implementing City Comprehensive Plan policies and Development Code to the general public, as they relate to urban design (architecture, landscape architecture, site planning) and land use development questions;
•Serving as staff representative to citizen committees and advisory groups for an assigned area of planning or specific project;
•Facilitating discussions, providing technical advice and information, and conveying recommendations to decision makers. May prepare agendas and maintain records of activities;
•Working collaboratively with developers in support of project work goals;
•Reviewing Best Practices of all development types; Multi-family- Commercial, etc.


The successful candidate will

•Have knowledge and experience in reading architecture and landscape drawings;
•Have the ability to review drawings and applicant narratives for compliance with urban design standards;
•Be able to work independently as well as part of a team, manage competing deadlines, and maintain effective working relationships with City staff, elected/appointed officials and the public;
•Have demonstrated abilities to work in interdisciplinary and interdepartmental teams and to be able to interact with the public in ways that foster a sense of partnership, teamwork and trust;
•Have a demonstrated ability to synthesize large amounts of information and use the Microsoft Office suite at an expert level. The ability to use presentation platforms (i.e. PowerPoint) is of particular importance; and
•Have the ability to communicate effectively orally, in writing, and in preparing clear and concise technical documents.

The successful candidate must demonstrate any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the applicant with the knowledge and abilities to perform the job.

A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities to perform in this position is;
•A Bachelors or Masters degree in architecture, urban design, urban planning or related field; and
•At least one year of experience directly related to applying urban design and planning principles, practices, research methods and techniques.

A valid drivers license is required.

AICP or AIA certification is preferred.

How to Apply