Associate Planner

Date Posted: 07/29/2017
Location: Hillsboro, OR
Employer: Washington County
Start Date: 08/01/2017
Compensation Range: 31.50 - 38.27/hour
Employer Address:
155 N First Ave, Ste. 270
Hillsboro, Oregon 97124
Work Description

Do you enjoy reviewing complex proposals, permits and plans? Do you enjoy working with the community to develop new community plans or development regulations? Are you committed to excellent customer service? Then we encourage you to apply for our current Associate Planner openings!

The Planning and Development Services Division of the Department of Land Use and Transportation is recruiting for Associate Planners in both the Long Range Planning and Current Planning sections. The individuals in these positions will undertake the full range of tasks at the journey level of the Associate Planner position, including both urban and rural planning in both Long Range and Current Planning.

Top candidates will have proven analytical, writing, and public interaction skills, and the ability to convey complex concepts in simple form. The successful candidates will review applications for land development proposals, plan and code amendments, and building permits. In Long Range Planning, candidates will develop new land use regulations or participate in community planning projects. You will also prepare staff reports; attend and present at land use hearings, planning commission meetings and Board of County Commissioner hearings; attend community meetings; attend pre-application conferences to evaluate impact of land development requests on County land use plans; and provide customer service by answering public inquiries regarding urban and rural planning issues at the Development Services front counter and via phone and email.

Candidates applying for this position may be referred out for other positions in the same job family. Since this position allows for flexible staffing, this position may be under-filled at the Assistant Planner level.

As an Associate Planner the duties may include:

Reviews applications for land development proposals, annexations, building permits and comprehensive plan amendments.
Develops new regulations to address issues of community concern.
Answers public inquiries regarding community planning and general planning issues.
Works directly with assigned citizen planning groups in conjunction with a senior planner in order to prepare community plans; acts as department liaison with individual communities; organizes plan preparation process; attends regular community planning meetings; and identifies community issues, problems, and goals.
Makes field inspections; evaluates land impact and traffic impact; and contacts affected agencies and groups.
Compiles supportive technical data for comprehensive and community plan development; compiles data on transportation, energy, housing, land availability, community facilities, population estimates, natural resources, and socioeconomic factors.
Analyzes collected information and prepares complex reports on findings; presents reports to citizen planning committees and other planning agencies; and prepares graphics.
Prepares written staff reports and recommendations and studies traffic impact statements to update division-planning information.
Holds pre-application meetings to instruct prospective applicants in the administrative procedures, state statutes, and county codes related to land development and plan amendment requests.
Attends pre-application conferences and records proceedings and evaluates impact of land development requests on County land use plans.
Coordinates land use review process and/or policy development issues with other County departments and governmental agencies.
Performs transportation modeling related to the development of County and community plans.
Maintains databases and files for various transportation projects including traffic impact fee and capital improvement program.


Education and Experience:
A Bachelor’s degree in planning, urban studies, geography, architecture, community development, economics, environmental studies or a related field; AND
Two (2) years of work experience in planning.

We will consider any combination of relevant work experience, volunteering, education, and transferable skills as qualifying unless an item or section is labeled required.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to visit our website and submit an application. Please visit our website at

This position will be accepting applications until August 20, 2017.