Job Description

Overall Job Objective


The City of Littleton's Community Development Department is looking for a full time Planner I - II.

The Planner I - II is responsible for processing land use variances, conditional uses, and development projects.  Other responsibilities may include enforcing the zoning code, sign code and the development process. Serves as the point of contact for inquiries related to zoning code and noise ordinance administration and enforcement and to sign code administration.  Assists the Planning Manager with development review, including site development plans, re-zonings and subdivision applications.   Provide staff support to the Board of Adjustment and Planning Commission under the direction of the Planning Manager.

The City of Littleton has great benefits! 128 hours of vacation upon hire, 8 hours of sick time per month, 40 hours of floating holiday, 7% city retirement contribution, low medical premiums and a dedicated free employee health clinic, to name a few!

Hiring Salary Range:
Planner I: $41,000-$52,300
Planner II: $50,200-$64,000

Essential Duties & Reponsibilities

The following statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and do not include other nonessential or peripheral duties that may be required.  The organization retains the right to modify or change the duties or essential functions of the job at any time.

  • Responds to inquiries by citizens, property owners, and developers regarding zoning requirements, the potential uses of buildings and land, addressing, and signs.
  • Prepares staff reports for City Council, Planning Commission, and the Board of Adjustment in a complete and timely manner, as required.  Makes clear and organized presentations before the aforementioned boards. 
  • Draft zoning ordinances and/or amendments to existing ordinances.
  • Analyze zoning change requests for compliance with the comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance.
  • May provide staff support for the Board of Adjustment, including scheduling meetings; preparing agendas.
  • Researches and writes technical reports on development review, planning and/or special projects as assigned, and prepares staff reports pertaining to the zoning or development review of historic preservation; and presents reports to the Planning Commission, Board of Adjustment, and/or City Council, as required.
  • Reviews and approves Sign Permits, and other administratively reviewed zoning applications. 
  • Assists the Planning Manager in all aspects of current planning review for proposed development in the City, including working on development proposals that are presented to Planning Commission and/or City Council.
  • Attends pre-application meeting with applicants, as required.  
  • Conducts field inspections for zoning code compliance associated with permits issued.
  • Coordinates with Development Services Division on the enforcement of the sign code and fence permits, and conducts inspections as required.
  • Conducts field inspections for compliance with the approved plans, as required.
  • Coordinates with other departments regarding the assignment of street names and addresses for new developments and structures as well as processing requests for changes of either street names or addresses.
  • Participates in development review team meetings.
  • Assists with development review and other duties as assigned.
  • May participate in historic preservation planning efforts, including planning review of projects in designated historic areas of the City.
  • Uses a personal computer and various software programs to produce written communications and accomplish other work products.
  • Delivers work products and services to customers within assigned full-time work schedule.
  • Observes and follows established City and departmental policies and procedures in the daily conduct of the job.
  • May serve as an Emergency Worker.
  • May appear as a witness for the City in municipal or district court regarding zoning matters.
  • Performs other assignments and projects as required.
This Position Reports To:  Planning Manager
This Position Has Supervisory Responsibility For:   None.

Education, Formal Training & Experience

  • Requires a valid Driver's License and a qualifying driver's history; and
Planner I:
  • Requires a Bachelor's Degree in Urban Planning, Urban Design or related field.
Planner II:
  • Requires a Bachelor's Degree in Urban Planning or Urban Design.  Master's degree in Urban Planning and/or Urban Design preferred.
  • Requires four or more years of experience in municipal current planning.
  • An America Institute of Certified Planners Certificate (AICP Certification) strongly preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Requires knowledge of City codes and ordinances; Colorado Revised Statues as they relate to planning; and locations of City neighborhoods and the general layout of the City.
  • Requires an understanding of current events in the City, including proposed private developments, neighborhood issues and concerns, and ongoing and proposed public projects.
  • Requires expert knowledge of City zoning and noise regulations.
  • Requires solid knowledge of general urban planning principles.
  • Requires expertise in working with confrontational citizens and difficult situations in a professional manner.
  • Requires solid interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills for making presentations and effectively communicating and interacting with individuals of varying social, cultural, economic, professional and educational backgrounds.
  • Requires the ability to act with tact, good judgment, and discretion.
  • Requires the ability to effectively work under stressful conditions and the ability to maintain the confidentiality of matters, as appropriate.
  • Requires solid word processing, spreadsheet, and database software skills.
  • The following mental abilities are needed to perform the essential duties of this position: alertness, ingenuity, problem solving, analytic ability, spatial perception, persuasiveness, auditory discrimination, memory, creativity, concentration, judgment, aesthetic sense, writing ability, and reasoning.
  • Requires ability to read and interpret codes, regulations, meeting minutes, technical manuals, and statutes.
  • Requires an understanding of the City system and of public administration principles.
  • Requires ability to read and understand written information and an ability to compose information and instruction in written form.
  • Requires ability to translate verbal communication into effective written material, including reports and other documents.
  • Requires ability to use mathematical reasoning as necessary to perform job functions.
  • Requires ability to utilize analytical skills and apply results.
  • Ability to speak one or more foreign languages is helpful.

  • City vehicle, personal computer and assigned software, camera, photocopier, code books, statutes, multi-line telephone, fax machine, calculator, small test equipment, and noise measuring machine.
  • The majority of the essential functions are performed while inside.   Minimal outside work is occasionally exposed to prevailing weather conditions and unprotected noise exposure up to 90 decibels.
  • Long periods of sitting, standing or walking may be required.
  • Position activities generally require lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling objects up to 20 pounds; works with hands at or above shoulder height while working with light weight objects (1 pound).
  • Physical demands include: occasional stooping, climbing, balancing, crouching, crawling, twisting, kneeling, and reaching; frequent handling, talking including speaking in an understandable voice and hearing conversation, and seeing with visual acuity near, far, with depth and in color; constant control and fingering while using a personal computer. 

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