Land Use Planner II

Portland, Oregon, United States

Job Description

This is a full-time position to provide support for planning and land development projects by applying land use policy, regulation and site development knowledge on a project basis. The Land Use Planner II will work with higher level DOWL staff to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and manage the preparation and facilitation of land use entitlements for development projects. This level planner performs a variety of planning tasks with minimal supervision.

Languages needed: English.

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About the company

DOWL is a multi-disciplined consulting firm owned by senior managers from within the company. We have provided civil engineering and related services for more than 50 years. DOWL maintains in-house expertise in Environmental and Land Development, Water/Water Resources, Transportation, Civil Engineering and Geo-Construction.

DOWL is over 450 employees strong and has a solid western U.S. regional presence with 25 offices spread throughout Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.

The successful candidate will

  1. Conduct research and information gathering to assist in site planning and compliance with municipal land use regulations.
  2. Analyze site and regulatory data and provide draft technical reports.
  3. Conduct land use policy analysis, demographic analysis, and site resource analysis for projects of all types including projects requiring NEPA review.
  4. Coordinate with clients on project data and scheduling.
  5. Prepare land use applications for projects requiring plats, rezones, conditional use and site plan reviews for submittal.
  6. Resolve land use approval conditions with municipal staff.
  7. Attend and present projects at public meetings, including city councils and commissions.
  8. Apply land use regulation knowledge on a project basis working with DOWL planners, landscape architects, and engineers to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.
  9. Consistently exercise discretion and judgment in all work tasks.
  10. Other duties may be assigned.

Required education and skills

To be successful in this position, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Education and/or Experience

    Baccalaureate degree in urban design, community planning, environmental science, geography or related program. At least two years of work experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. An
    ideal candidate would have at least 3-5 years of planning experience with a demonstration of advancement in skills and responsibility over that period.
  • Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

    Must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record.
    Must be 18 years of age or older to be covered by the Alaska National Insurance Company.
  • Mathematical Skills
    Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to create and interpret graphs.

Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Ability to read, analyze, and interpret land use development codes, technical studies, and policy documents.
• Ability to prioritize and meet multiple project demands and effectively communicate with team members to ensure that deliverable deadlines are met.
• An eagerness to identify project challenges in the early stages of a project and ability to offer solutions to solve potential problems.
• Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions and present this analysis in a strong technical document.
• Candidate must be able to effectively articulate land use planning policy, regulation and analysis in verbal and written communication.
• Considerable knowledge of the principles and techniques of professional planning processes.
• A strong understanding of the relationship between land use/environmental policy and regulatory processes at the federal, local and state level.
• Considerable knowledge of local, state and federal regulations affecting planning efforts.
• Must be able to use Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook software.
• GIS proficiency is preferred.

How to apply

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