Job Posting

Senior Planner

Company / Agency

Mesa County Government
Grand Junction,

Contact person


Position Closes

Thu, March 29th 2018

Experience Level

Mid 1 (1-4 Years)



Salary Range


Job Description


Senior Planner


SALARY: $5,666.67-$6000.00 Monthly




CLOSING DATE: Continuous



Performs professional and complex planning work necessary for the planning, development and growth of Mesa County.  Coordinates County planning and development project overview as assigned.  Prepares and presents technical planning information to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), the Mesa County Planning Commission (MCPC), the Mesa County Board of Adjustment (BOA), and the general public. Makes recommendations regarding project compliance with applicable codes and policies.  May also be responsible for coordinating new employee orientation as well as initial training and evaluation.


(The following duty statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and do not include other non-essential or marginal duties that may be required. Mesa County reserves the right to modify or change the duties or essential functions of this job at any time. All responsibilities may not be performed by all incumbents.)
Land Use and Development Review
Communicates County, and department policy, and appropriate information to the general public using verbal, oral, written and electronic media.  Provides accurate Planning and Development information to the general public; reviews development clearances for building permits; disseminates basic zoning information;  responds to telephone calls and requests for information; assists callers or refers to appropriate party.  Conducts pre-application conferences with prospective development petitioners to inform them of the development review process, submittal requirements, applicable laws, regulations, standards, policies, etc. relevant to proposed development (including subdivisions, rezoning, conditional use permits, easement/right-of-way vacations, etc.); and provide preliminary guidance on the project design relative to the development regulations and standards.
Acts as project manager when applications are assigned for review.  Carefully reviews County development applications to determine compliance with all applicable laws, and local codes, rules, regulations, and policies; performs research, compiles facts, and conducts on-site visits as necessary; prepares comprehensive written and graphic project narratives and  presentations used in public hearings before the Mesa County Planning Commission, Mesa County Board of Adjustment (BOA), and Board of County Commissioners; presents reports and findings to the MCPC, BOA, and BOCC as the project manager. Attends BOCC administrative and MCPC workshops and briefings; updates project reviews; prepares appropriate resolutions.  Works in close coordination with Development Engineer and petitioner to record plats/development permits; conducts numerous follow-up meetings as necessary with the developer to determine compliance with stipulations for approval.  Manages file documents and meets all deadlines and timelines associated with the project.  Communicates with all involved parties during the review process.
Assists other Department Divisions with professional planning review and customer assistance as assigned.
Leads or assists with special studies and economic development tasks (e.g., wildfire, water resources, policy alternatives, grants writing/administration, demographic data, etc.) and review of other studies as assigned.
Participates in Development Review meetings to discuss Code interpretations, project discussions and division policies.
May oversee and/or coordinate the training/orientation of other staff such as the Planner, Research Assistant/Intern as assigned by Director; assesses specific needs of trainees, determines appropriate training methods and schedules, and prescribes suitable reading materials; oversees work on specific projects and evaluates progress.
Attends workshops and community/regional meetings as well as County training programs and professional seminars to remain current on planning theories and trends.
Performs photocopying, filing, typing, archival coordination, etc. as necessary.  Maintains project information in the Division database and electronic permitting system.
Works a weekly shift at the front counter, helps out as needed.  May be called upon to assist a customer or answer questions.
May act as Division Director in Director's absence.
Oral and written communications must be clear and effective.
Performs other related duties as assigned. 
Long Range Planning: 
Assists with Mesa County Master Plan development/updates .  Assists in or leads (as assigned) facilitation of public participation programs, neighborhood meetings, area plans/updates, citizen advisory groups and implementation of other planning participation techniques.  Assists in or leads (as assigned) joint planning efforts with other jurisdictions.  May act as County liaison. 
Participates in Development Review meetings. Identifies and discusses pertinent issues related to adopted Master Plan elements; helps to resolve conflicting positions or clarify interpretations as well as identify specific solutions to problems.
Leads or assists with special studies and economic development tasks (e.g., wildfire, water resources, policy alternatives, grants writing/administration, demographic data, etc.) and review of other studies as assigned.
Performs mapping and other graphic presentation production duties for the in coordination with GIS Division staff as appropriate 


Education and Experience:
Undergraduate degree in planning-related field, Master's degree in planning, civil engineering or related field desired, and at least two (2) years related experience.
Any combination of education, training and experience which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the job.
Licenses and Certifications:
American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Certification (desired)








Position #00429

544 Rood Ave.
Grand Junction, CO 81501




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