Planner I
Job Details
1- Municipal Building - Cheyenne, WY
Full Time
4 Year Degree
$41,425.00 - $63,525.00 Salary/year
Planning / Development

SUMMARY:  Perform associate/entry level professional level work in the field of current planning; and provide information and assistance to developers, the business community and the public on planning, zoning, subdivisions, annexations and development-related matters.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Receives immediate supervision from the Planner II.  This position has no supervisory responsibilities.       

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  The following duties and responsibilities are illustrative of the primary functions of this position and are not intended to be all inclusive.

1.    Accept responsibility and take initiative to ensure that assignments are carried out with accuracy and on time.  Meet quick-turnaround deadlines and work in a fast-paced environment.
2.    Confer with and advise architects, builders, attorneys, contractors, engineers and the public regarding City development regulations and standards for zoning applications, subdivision regulations, site development and other planning issues.  Confer with and advise consultants, community member stakeholders, City staff, and other relevant stakeholders on neighborhood plans, comprehensive plans, historic preservation, transportation plans and other planning issues.  
3.    Inspect properties and structures for compliance with current City zoning codes and regulations; identify corrective actions to be taken by owner.
4.    Review development proposals and applications for compliance with adopted plans, proposed plans, appropriate land use policies and regulations in collaboration with other City and State review agencies; prepare reports on recommendations.
5.    Participate in community development planning.
6.    Prepare and present staff reports for the Planning Commission, Board of Adjustment, City Council, and County Commissioners; communicate at public hearings and write in a clear, concise and accurate manner. Attend evening and weekend meetings as assigned.
7.    Prepare and manage grants for planning projects, plan implementation projects, historic preservation projects and similar special projects.
8.    Provide information to staff pertinent to the development of the comprehensive plan (PlanCheyenne) ; recommend and develop policies and procedures for future zoning, environmental and other issues that impact City growth and expansion.
9.    Answer questions and provide information to the public; investigate complaints and recommend corrective action as necessary to resolve complaints.
10.    Participate on various committees, interdepartmental coordination teams, and advisory boards as directed; undertake research; prepare reports and maps.
1.    Respond to public inquires in a courteous manner; provide information within the area of assignment; resolve complaints in an efficient and timely manner.
2.    Utilizes the department’s permit software for development applications and approvals and keeps property files updated with pertinent development review paperwork.
3.    Provides support to the Building Division during and after development approval and compares building plans with development permit plans.
4.    Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.



    QUALIFICATIONS:  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the necessary functions of this position.
1.    Knowledge of urban planning and development principles and practices and current, comprehensive and transportation planning principles and procedures. Ability to interpret and apply Federal, State and local policies, laws and regulations and read and interpret laws underlying general plans, zoning and land divisions.
2.    Knowledge of word processing, including effective working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and GIS.
3.    Knowledge of current literature, information sources and research techniques in the field of urban planning.  Knowledge of statistical, algebraic, or geometric knowledge and ability to apply such knowledge in practical situations.
4.    Skills to clearly interpret planning and zoning programs and codes to the public.
5.    Skills to perform professional level work in current planning including managing annexations, subdivisions, development plans and permits. Ability to review plans and apply provisions of the ordinances and codes to determine compliance with such regulations and to apply regulations to field conditions.
6.    Creative problem-solving skills to gather relevant information to solve vaguely defined practical problems.
7.    Ability to multitask and maintain a course of action to completion.
8.    Ability to create graphic designs, development strategies, and render site plans via sketches and/or computer graphics highly desirable.
9.    Ability to understand and carry out oral and written directions and communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
10.    Ability to respond to difficult and sensitive public inquiries and maintain good customer service practices.
11.    Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships.


Required: Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, architecture, community development, public administration, or closely-related field and two to five years of experience.

Preferred: Master’s degree in urban planning, architecture, community development, public administration or closely-related field and two years of experience.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:  Possession of an appropriate valid driver’s license.  All licenses must be maintained throughout employment.

WORKING ENVIRONMENT: Work closely with others in an office environment utilizing a computer and other office equipment. Must be able to operate personal computer and associated software for data entry and word processing, which may include repetitive motion for up to three hours per day.  Irregular work hours and attendance of after-hours meetings.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Work is performed primarily in a standard office environment but does require visits to sites that may require walking, standing on slippery or uneven walking surfaces, and exposure to inclement weather.  Work entails considerable reading, drawing, writing, and mathematical reasoning.  Must be able to analyze and interpret a variety of data, including statistical and demographic data, standards and specifications, and read and understand maps and plans.  Must be able to communicate effectively in English both orally and in written form.  Work duties involve making oral presentations to various groups.