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Associate Planner - City of Sammamish ( Job # 19-0052)

This job is closed.

Minimum Salary: $66,125.00 per year
Maximum Salary: $90,497.00 per year
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Community Development
Closes: October 28, 2019 at 5:00 PM
(Open to current employees and the general public.)



Under the direction and supervision of the Deputy Director of Community Development and Department Management, the Associate Planner is responsible for the administration of current planning programs including responding to public requests for information, the processing of building permit applications, subdivision applications, site plan review, shoreline management permits, conditional use permits, zoning variances, and related project environmental review. The position assists the general public on zoning and land use related inquiries and with other customer service duties as assigned often working closely with counterpart departments and agencies.


The Associate Planner works under the direct supervision of the Deputy Director of Community Development or as assigned.


The position works independently with support from city staff or consultants.  No employee supervision is exercised.


  • Processes building and land use permit applications such as shoreline management, sub-divisions, short plats and site plans, zoning variances, and conditional use permits. Reviews applications for code compliance including zoning, setback regulations, environmental impact, etc.
  • Performs site visits and inspections for various building permits and code enforcement cases, working with property owners and developers to meet compliance requirements.
  • Prepares staff reports and recommendations to the City Hearing Examiner and represents the city at required public hearings for land use applications.
  • Provides written recommendations on SEPA threshold determinations for project permit applications.
  • Provides information to architects, engineers, planners, contractors, land owners, and others regarding land use, zoning, planning activities, city processes, and community development projects.
  • Coordinates project activities with other staff, city departments, county and state agencies and City advisory boards.
  • Compile information and make recommendations on special studies.
  • Reviews clearing and grading permits such as tree removals, code violations, accessory structures, etc. for compliance with recorded plats, applicable land use, environmental, zoning, and design regulations; issues correction requests.  Approves plans, certifies compliance, and conducts follow-up inspections.
  • May assist in code development or long-range planning functions, including sub area planning, comprehensive plan amendments or ordinance development, including working with the City Planning Commission. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned. 


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of city planning, with special emphasis on analytical techniques.
  • Permit tracking systems.
  • City organization, operations, policies, and objectives.
  • Interpersonal customer relations skills using tact, patience, and courtesy.
  • Research techniques and procedures.
  • Office practices, procedures, and equipment; Microsoft Office, Word, Excel.
  • Preparing and maintaining records and files, including project/program records.
  • Internal and external customer service.
  • Interpreting land descriptions, maps, drawings, charts, plans, survey records, and aerial photos.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of file and records management.

Ability to:

  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Deal effectively with a wide range of professionals and public officials in both formal and informal settings.
  • Work with a minimum of supervision and direction.
  • Interact with the public in an effective, customer friendly manner and establish and maintain effective working relationships with City staff and other organizations.
  • Get along with others and work as a member of a team.
  • Foster collaborative group process and efficiently use resources.
  • Work independently and make appropriate decisions regarding work methods and priorities.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Demonstrate a strong sense of personal ethics along with professional judgment and discretion.
  • Prepare reports and graphic presentations.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Research and maintain a variety of technical records using computerized systems and applications.
  • Meet schedules and legal time lines.
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Ability to read legal descriptions, deeds, plat books, maps, and software procedures manuals.
  • Drive a city vehicle.


Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, urban design and development, public administration or a related field.  Two (2) to four (4) years in the above or any combination of education and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.  A valid Washington State driver’s license and a good driving record are required.


Current planning, and prior experience working for a City or County government.


The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Work is primarily performed in the office.  Office work will require dexterity and hand-eye coordination sufficient to operate a computer workstation and ordinary office equipment.  The employee, in performing the duties of this job, will be required to talk, hear, smell, sit, stand, walk on a variety of surfaces, to reach with the arms, and to use hands to manipulate objects, tools or controls. Specific vision abilities required by this job are close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.  Employee must be able to drive a City vehicle.


While performing the duties of this job the employee divides his or her time between indoor office environments, connected by travel in a vehicle on city streets, with occasional field visits to project sites.


The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the City and the employee, and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the City and the requirements of the job change.








Sammamish City Hall
801 - 228th Ave SE
Sammamish, WA 98075