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SENIOR PLANNER - LONG RANGE - City of Gig Harbor ( Job # 19-0010)

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Minimum Salary: $39.60 per hour
Maximum Salary: $49.50 per hour
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Planning
Closes: March 17, 2019 at 11:30 PM. Applications first reviewed on: Monday, March 18, 2019
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


THE CITY OF GIG HARBOR is seeking a Senior Planner - Long Range. 

This is a senior-level professional position in the Planning Division of the Community Development Department. Position performs senior level professional planning work primarily focusing on advanced planning and provides highly responsible and complex staff assistance to the Community Development Director.

Performs complex long-range planning processes, including Comprehensive Plan updates, development regulation updates and community plans. On an as needed basis, perform site design and architectural reviews and recommend conditions and/or alternatives to ensure projects are responsive to the emerging needs of the community and consistent with City policies and codes.  Serves as a staff liaison to the Design Review Board and Planning Commission and occasionally presents to the Planning and Building Committee and City Council.   Serves as project manager for updating land use policies and development of new ordinances.  Under the direction of the Community Development Director, serve as staff liaison to inter-agency planning bodies.

Hiring Range: $39.50 per hour - $44.55 per hour


Under the direct supervisory control of the Principal Planner and within the framework of governing federal, state, and local laws and policies established by the City Council, the incumbent will accomplish tasks related to an established planning program within the city as well as the tasks associated with the land use and environmental codes. 



  • Provide basic and comprehensive information and interpretation of applicable city land use and development codes to the general public, the development community, employees of the City, and elected officials.
  • Research, analyze, develop and implement long-range, comprehensive plans and special studies, including code revision and amendments, topical elements and sub-area plans; prepare and administer grants.
  • Review and analyze development applications relative to complex commercial and large scale multi-family, public and quasi-public developments including: environmental review and issuance of threshold determinations; processing of shoreline permits; conditional use permits and variances; zoning and rezones; development agreements; comprehensive plan amendments, site plans and subdivisions. Prepare staff reports and conduct public hearings and meetings before the City Planning Commission, City Design Review Board and City Hearing Examiner.
  • Evaluate and interpret compatibility of complex proposals against applicable design codes, ordinances, and criteria including the relationship of the proposal to site, adjoining area, landscape and site treatments, building architecture, lighting and signs.
  • Prepare or review environmental documents.  Provide technical assistance in the analysis, coordination, and implementation of environmental requirements and regulations under the City Environmental Code.
  • Implement effective and trackable procedures for reviewing the processing of approved development plans, construction plans, and construction performance to assure compliance with city codes.
  • Prepare public notices, meeting agendas, and reviews meeting minutes. 
  • As assigned by Community Development Director, serve as liaison for and coordinate Department activities with those of other departments, outside agencies and organizations; ensure Certified Local Government requirements are met with respect to historic preservation activities.
  • Performs other duties as required by Principal Planner and Community Development Director.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

  • Ability to create and retain an effective working relationship with the general public, the development community, city employees, city officials, and other municipal and agency officials.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, and to prepare technical and administrative reports.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices, and modern trends in public planning and the socio-economic and environmental aspects involved.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the Washington State Shoreline Management Act, State Environmental Policy Act, Growth Management Act, and municipal land use, zoning, annexation, and subdivision statutes.
  • Knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, and ordinances and standards pertinent to municipal planning, development, and environmental quality.
  • Ability to read and interpret site plans, building plans, landscape plans, construction drawings, and compare them with construction in progress.
  • Computer skills, including word processing/data base software, GIS and graphics software, such as PowerPoint and Photoshop.
  • Ability to produce effective technical reports and presentations.
  • Must be sensitive to the public process with an ability to work comfortably with citizen advisory commissions, elected officials, and ad-hoc citizen groups in a conference environment as well as in public assemblies and meetings.
  • Attendance at evening meetings is required.

Work is performed in an office or conference room setting as well as out-of-doors.  A moderate amount of local traveling is involved in construction site visits and facility and area tours.  The incumbent is exposed to occasional inclement weather and normal transportation and construction activity, such as high noise levels, moving vehicles and machines, dust and mud, and traversing of exposed and sometimes insecure walkways and platforms.  May wear protective clothing and equipment.  Work requires some exertion such as climbing, walking over rough surfaces and loose material, crouching, bending, stopping, and reaching, and lifting of light to moderately heavy items.  Work requires average physical agility and dexterity.

  • Bachelors Degree in Urban Planning from an accredited College or University recognized by the US Department of Education and;
  • A minimum of five (5) years of long range planning experience.
  • Preferred AICP certification.
  • Submit and complete an online application on that reflects all relevant education and experience.
  • Submit a professional writing example (i.e. comprehensive plan chapter or staff/technical memo).


City of Gig Harbor Civic Center
3510 Grandview Street
Gig Harbor, WA 98335