PAY RANGE: EP25
CITY PLANNER 5
This is supervisory city planning work in the area of specialization. Employees in this class direct the work of a major division of the central planning agency or the environmental planning programs for a major department and are responsible for planning, developing or implementing divisional planning policies and projects. The supervision exercised and the responsible nature of the contacts with individuals and other agencies are significant aspects of the work. Work is performed under the general direction of an administrative superior.
ALLOCATING FACTORS: (The following conditions must be met for a position to be
allocated to this class)
· Employees must perform supervisory city planning work in the area of specialization. Only one position will be allocated to each of the Analysis, Area Design, Project Planning, and Urban Design specialties
· Only one position will be allocated to the environmental specialty for each large department with major environmental impact. The position will serve as chief planner with responsibility for directing all environmental planning projects for the department.
· All other employees must perform the work for the City Planning Commission.
TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)
Develops, through subordinate planners, the goals and purposes of studies and projects involved in the preparation and/or maintenance of the City's comprehensive plan; directs staff in research projects and data collection relating to land use planning, community facilities, transportation, economic development, and related areas.
Directs the preparation of the City's capital program and budget and reviews the capital program and budget of the City school district; reviews departmental capital project requests; holds meetings with departmental officials to obtain additional information concerning requested capital budget items; suggests lines of questioning to be used at informal City Planning Commission budget hearings; attends hearings and suggests points to be developed; recommends procedures and policies to commission.
Develops through subordinate planners, the nature and scope of comprehensive district plans and detailed plans for small areas of the city; discusses and makes recommendations on design problems and reviews proposed plans.
Directs the preparation of redevelopment area plans and expedites the flow of plans and applications for federal aid; maintains contacts with the Office of Housing and Community Development and the Redevelopment Authority and other agencies to exchange information; represents the department at meetings held with other agencies to discuss and resolve conflicts.
Directs the preparation of detailed plans for special projects and major area developments; directs the enlistment of community involvement in the planning process.
Represents the department at meetings or discussions with community groups, civic associations, or community or business leaders; attends community group meetings when subordinate planners cannot resolve differences; explains Commission policy and attempts to effect a mutual solution.
Prepares overall plans for the residential, commercial, industrial and institutional development of undeveloped areas of the City and the detailed design of specific subdivision sites; holds meetings with builders to explain the provisions of the subdivision code, the overall plan for the area, and reviews their plans; develops and presents detailed site plans if required.
Develops, through subordinate planners, studies of zoning planning activities; reviews proposed councilmanic ordinances and zoning board cases for impact on zoning practices; determines methodology for and directs comprehensive zoning remapping projects; prepares recommendations for revision to the city zoning and planning code.
Directs the preparation and processing of changes to the official city plan, proposed subdivision plans and proposed sale or purchase of city real estate.
Explains subordinates' recommendations to administrative, legislative bodies, and civic organizations.
Directs the preparation of site and building controls and design guidelines for specific development parcels, development projects and special districts; reviews building designs, site plans, streetscapes and landscapes for conformance with zoning controls, development controls and design guidelines; reviews designs for public and private spaces including consideration of such factors as pedestrian usage, landscape standards, lighting, adjoining land uses, transportation linkages and access, signage and public art.
Directs the preparation of prospective and requests for proposals for individual development sites; supervises the preparation of redevelopment strategies for neighborhoods and specific development districts including preparation of recommendations on land and other uses; directs the work of planning commission staff in the development of standards, controls, and guidelines for the design and development of public spaces such as streets, pedestrian spaces, plazas, transit access spaces, and other civic and public spaces; coordinates with developers, special interest groups, community groups and other City departments and agencies in this work.
Plans, assigns, coordinates, reviews and supervises the work of a group subordinate staff which may consist of city planners, engineers, biologists, GIS technicians, and contractors involved in conducting environmental planning studies and public outreach and education efforts.
Directs the planning, design, and development of environmental projects; monitors project performance to ensure that projects are meeting design expectations, regulatory requirements and stakeholder goals; creates, maintains and implements management plans; prepares status summaries of program development; develops presentations highlighting program accomplishments; participates in ongoing neighborhood and project planning activities to ensure that programs and priorities are incorporated into efforts and supported by many partners.
Directs the data analysis design, identification of project locations, site features and potential impact on the city infrastructure system; reviews proposed plans and existing conditions; makes recommendations for modifications, reviews applicable federal, state and local regulations, legislation and ordinances; prepares plan studies and reports detailing findings.
Determines budget needs to fulfill program objectives, oversees the identification of grant funding opportunities from Federal, State, and private sources, fulfills grant-reporting requirements; manages contracts to fulfill program objectives.
Directs education and outreach efforts, including workshops and conferences; makes presentations, develops educational and marketing materials; creates and maintaining a robust web interface.
Water Department Position:
Plans, designs and develops environmental projects to institutionalize the use of storm water green infrastructure practices in the city; works with the Watershed Engineering unit to move projects from planning-level concepts to fully engineered projects; coordinates with the Watershed Protection and Sciences unit to complete monitoring of project performance; prepares Integrated Watershed Management Plans (IWMPs); ensures compliance with the provisions of City, State, Federal and environmental rules, regulations and guidelines; establishes long and short range program goals and objectives; prepares program status summaries; develops presentations of program accomplishments.
Streets Department Position
Prepares the City’s Act 101 Municipal Waste Management Plan in accordance with Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Guidelines; assures compliance with State laws and regulations concerning sanitation collections; responds to and arranges for mitigation actions when violation notices are issued; establishes and monitors program goals and performance; submits annual reports and maintenance of the City’s bond requirements for the operating permit
Guides the implementation and marketing of the Citywide Single-Stream Recycling Program; manages the recycling processing contract, approves grant applications.
Oversees and coordinates the educational and operational program elements and advertising components of the Hazardous Waste Management Program; coordinates clean up policy and procedures with the HAZMAT Unit and Licenses & Inspections
Prepares work programs and assigns duties to subordinates; reviews proposed methodology, preliminary plans and drafts of study findings; prepares and edits reports for publication and/or internal use.
Attends commission meetings and various other inter-agency meetings; serves as member of various technical committees; meets with other planners, groups, and the public to discuss work of the commission.
Performs related work as required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
· the scope and objectives of city planning
· city planning problems as they apply to the area of specialization
· the techniques and practices of planning research
· the theories of planning method
· the principles and practices of comprehensive city planning in the Analysis specialty
· the principles and practices of planning design in the Area Design specialty
· zoning, site planning, architecture, land use and transportation planning, infrastructure planning and development, landscape and streetscape design, real estate economics and development financing, and signage and graphic design for the Urban Design specialty
· the methods, practices and objectives of zoning in the Project Planning specialty
· municipal capital budgeting and programming as they relate to city planning in the Analysis specialty
· legal concepts of legislation basic to planning
· the organization and function of municipal and other agencies active in the field of planning
· the principles and methodology of environmental planning for the Environmental Planning specialty
· environmental assessment methods for the Environmental Planning specialty
· environmental law and the sources of information concerning environmental impact for the Environmental Planning specialty
· principles of environmental engineering as applied to the preparation and review of environmental impact statements for the Environmental Planning specialty
· accepted supervisory practices and techniques
· analyze complex problems and reach sound conclusions
· formulate original plans and/or written reports presenting solutions to planning problems which are in accordance with accepted planning principles
· organize, assign, and direct the work of subordinates engaged in major projects
· present ideas effectively in oral, written, or graphic form
· establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, civic, community and industrial groups and the general public
· determine those areas of the environment affected by specific urban development projects for the Environmental Planning specialty
· understand the mathematics and engineering involved for the Environmental Planning specialty
MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE (The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests. Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based on training and experience requirements as approved on 5/10.)
Completion of a bachelor's degree in engineering, applied science or urban & regional planning at an accredited college or university including or supplemented by coursework in environmental science or ecology.
Completion of a bachelor's degree program at an accredited college or university with major coursework in city or regional planning, architecture, landscape architecture, urban design or a field relevant to the area of specialization.
Four years of technical city planning experience.
Two years of supervisory city planning work in the area of specialization.
Any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable by the Office of Human Resources that has included completion of a bachelor's degree as an educational minimum and the specific experience described above.
NOTE: Graduate work in an acceptable field will be considered on a year for year basis for up to two years of the general experience requirements.
PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.
Class Established 4/60
Latest Spec. Revision:
Ad. Board – 5/10