Principal Planner

County of Riverside
$113,239 - $155,149 Per year CA 77588 El Duna Ct H, Palm Desert, CA 92211, United States Apply before 5/15/2024 11:59



The County of Riverside's Transportation and Land Management Agency (TLMA) Planning Department has an exciting opportunity for a Principal Planner to join the Development Review Division.

The Principal Planner manages complex and sensitive planning applications and projects, performs research and analysis, oversees the preparation of concept plans, feasibility studies, environmental documents, and other planning-related documents as needed. 
The Principal Planner will be involved with making land use decisions and interpretations related to the General Plan and Zoning Ordinance, establishing a clear direction and implementation process. The incumbent will have the responsibilities of managing staff workloads, training and evaluating staff planner's work performances, and functioning as a planning liaison to appointed and elected officials resolving complex planning matters. 

Additionally the incumbent will m

ake or supervise the presentation of reports and studies to decision-making bodies. 
The Department desires candidates with knowledge of State laws, guidelines, and local ordinances pertaining to planning and development. Knowledge of environmental protection regulations such as California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) as well as conservation and habitat plans. Knowledge of current housing legislation, State housing trends, and low income housing development requirements.  And has a proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher. Working understanding of thematic mapping tools such as ArcGIS or SketchUp. 
Candidates with strong writing and editing skills, have the ability to conduct independent research, analysis, and evaluate complex technical documentation, pertaining to planning are highly encourage to apply. 
Meet the Team!

is the umbrella agency for six county departments. They are the Planning Department, Building & Safety Department, Transportation Department, Code Enforcement Department, Environmental Programs Department and the Administrative Services Department.


• Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate, directly or through subordinate lead personnel, the activities of a major section within a planning division, a combination of smaller planning sections, a district office, or participate in the development and review of division policies and goals, particularly as they affect the assigned section. 

• Review and evaluate existing programs for overall effectiveness and efficiency in meeting division and section goals, initiating action for operational improvements as necessary.

• Review studies of ordinance amendments, policies and staff reports to insure thoroughness of analyses and consistency with County requirements and legal compliance.

• Represent the department on committees and before civic and community groups, before other County Departments, governmental agencies, environmental regulatory and permitting agencies, stakeholders, and the public; confer with property owners, developers, and their representatives regarding the applicability and impact of County policies, ordinances, and other regulations related to property development.

• Confer with staff regarding problems and progress in their functional areas and provide technical and administrative direction; interview and recommend the selection of prospective employees.

• Coordinate and assign personnel within the section; plan and conduct staff development and in-service training programs in operational procedures, and policy; review and evaluate the performance of subordinate personnel.

• Work with staff of other departments and regional and state agencies to exchange or clarify information used in developing regional land use and operating work plans and coordinates the design and execution of projects to ensure consistency.

• Compile data regarding section work loads, staffing levels, and priorities for input in the department's program budget.

• Prepare, or delegate to all levels of County hearing bodies, including Director’s Hearing, Planning Commission, and Board of Supervisors. 

• Make presentations to the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, and other local, regional, and state agencies on activities being conducted within the section as needed; respond to difficult public relations problems, investigate complaints or requests and recommend resolutions.

• Coordinate efforts to draft new ordinances and review existing ordinances pertaining to the Planning Department, as needed. 

• Participate in the analysis of proposed or adopted legislation to determine the potential or actual impacts to the County, on implementation.



: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in Planning, Transportation Planning, Public Administration, Geography (with related course concentration), Architecture, Environmental Sciences, Landscape Architecture, or a closely related field. (Additional qualifying experience may substitute for the required education on the basis of one year of full-time experience equaling 30 semester or 45 quarter units of the required education.) 

***Please Note: If qualifying using educational units, proof is required by the closing deadline. Applications without proof of degree/educational units completed will not be considered. Please see "Supplemental Information" below for guidelines.***
Experience: Four years of professional environmental planning, land use planning, and/or transportation planning experience which must have included performing at least two kinds of the following planning activities associated with a planning agency: comprehensive, regional, area, or community planning; plan/proposal review; general plan amendments; zoning, land division; information services; urban renewal; planning administration or transportation planning. One year of experience must have been in a lead or supervisory capacity. (A master's degree in planning or transportation planning, or a closely related field may be substituted for the one year of required supervisory experience.) 
Members of the American Planning Association ("APA") and American Institute of Certified Planners ("AICP")

are preferred.

Other Requirements:

License: Possession of a valid California Driver's License is required.  

Preferred Experience:  Five (5) years of progressively responsible, professional experience in planning, including at least one (1) year of responsible project or program management experience. A Master's degree in Planning or a closely related field. Member of the American Planning Association ("APA"), and American Institute of Certified Planners ("AICP") is preferable. Principles of program and personnel management and training. Build relationships, work respectfully, tactfully and creatively with the public, boards, commissions, other planning agencies and staff.
Knowledge Of


Principles of program and personnel management and training. 

The principles of good organization and decision making, management and supervision; the principles, methods, and procedures applicable to land use or transportation planning activities; the physical, social, environmental, and economic implications of land use or transportation planning; local, state, and federal legislation governing land use development and transportation planning activities; research methods; general plan elements and factors that must be considered in evaluating land use or transportation proposals for consistency with these elements; the organizational structure and jurisdiction of governmental agencies involved in the planning process. 

Ability To

Manage and coordinate the work of subordinate planners; plan and conduct any necessary training for subordinate staff; motivate and evaluate the work performance of subordinate personnel; collect and analyze data, generate and evaluate alternatives, reach logical conclusions and formulate consistent recommendations; compose clear and thorough study reports and recommendations; orally present study findings and recommendations to a variety of public groups and governmental bodies; work effectively with the general public and community and governmental boards and commissions; ability to interpret and apply laws and regulations pertaining to planning projects and cases. 


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