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Associate Land Use Planner - City of Bellevue ( Job # 13-0076)

This job is closed.

Minimum Salary: $5,116.00 per month
Maximum Salary: $7,059.00 per month
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Development Services
Closes: September 10, 2014 at 3:05 PM
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


This position reports to the Environmental Planning Manager and is one of two associate positions on a five-person work team that reviews and processes a wide range of development applications.  The team is one of five work groups within the 22-person land use division. Duties include but are not limited to development review of complex and politically sensitive projects involving environmental regulation, environmental restoration and mitigation, infrastructure planning and permitting, urban design, and customer service. The scope of potential assignments is diverse and varied and ranges from predevelopment consulting and providing public information on policies, codes and processes to managing complex critical area and shoreline assessments. Complex environmental analysis, project management skills, and site and architectural design expertise is often required. The position may also use specific environmental planning knowledge to assist in developing innovative ordinances and regulations related to a diversity of topics including, critical areas, shorelines environmental sustainability, habitat restoration and rehabilitation and mitigation, and design. Work requires strong analytical ability and excellent customer service skills.

Performs duties and responsibilities commensurate with assigned functional area which may include any combination of the following tasks:

Development Review and Management

  • Reviews and approves discretionary applications of all types for compliance with City, State and Federal environmental and land use regulations.
  • Makes recommendations on quasi-judicial project review before the Hearing Examiner 
  • Uses technical expertise to advise less experienced staff in resolving land use and environmental issues
  • Conducts pre-application conferences and other predevelopment client service
  • Serves as a project manager responsible for ensuring timelines and client satisfaction for a large array of application types
  • May manage environmental and land use consulting contracts and special projects having to do with environmental policy and code development.
  • Conducts land use hearings, and presents technical material to citizens groups, commissions and the City Council  

Policy analysis and code development:

  • Organizes and performs original research and preparation of written findings and recommendations for land use code or policy development, including support of senior staff at regional forums
  •  Works closely with senior management on policy development issues
  • Makes oral and visual presentations on policy matters affecting the division or the City before a variety of internal audiences, the Planning Commission and City Council
  • Takes important role in development of land use and environmental ordinances

Public information:
• Provides official responses to inquiry from local, State and Federal entities
• Acts as a project manager or  liaison to other departments within the City
• Makes presentations to Boards and Commissions, community groups and private organizations

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in: 1) land-use or environmental planning, ecological studies, urban planning, urban design, landscape architecture or a closely related field, or 2) unrelated field and completion of an accredited professional planning certificate program.

Minimum: Three or more years of professional experience reviewing development proposals for compliance with land use code and environmental regulations combined with strong customer service skills.  Included in the three years experience must be two years of current planning or development review experience including plan review, staff report writing and project management. 


  • Four or more years of the professional related experience described above.
  • Master’s Degree in Urban Planning, Regional Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Studies, Ecology or related field.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of applicable Federal, State and local environmental regulations and permitting requirements. 
  • Participation on a team developing environmental and design policies and ordinances
  • Experience with shoreline and restoration strategies and techniques and a general understanding of ecological concepts and a strong interest in learning more.
  • Certified arborist credentials or urban forestry experience
  • Demonstrated experience in making presentations to large and small audiences, including boards and commissions
  • Experience working on cross-disciplinary teams
  • Strong analytical skills

Thorough knowledge of:

  • Development review and planning principles, practices, regulations and techniques as they relate to land use, environmental review or a related area
  • Zoning laws and comprehensive plans including their formation, process of adoption, and enforcement
  • Principles, practices, regulations, and techniques in the field of land use, architecture and urban design, environmental or transportation planning
  • Microsoft Office software to prepare documents and spreadsheets,
  • Local government and political decision-making processes

Ability to:

  • Communicate effectively with individuals and groups regarding complex or controversial land use and planning policies or regulations and deliver high quality customer service
  • Write clear and concise reports and plans
  • Organize and participate in committees and public meetings and communicate ideas effectively
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected and appointed officials, staff of other agencies, and the community
  • Provide in depth technical expertise in specialized area of planning, such as NEPA, SEPA, landscape design, critical areas, habitat, architecture, or urban design
  • Ability to manage review team to ensure meeting required timelines
  • Establish and maintain effective working relations with agency members, staff, and the community
  • Provide exceptional customer service to citizens, developers, consultants and staff


For specific information on this job, please contact: Michael Paine 425. 452.2739.

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Bellevue, WA 98004