Planner, Associate

City Of Las Cruces Las Cruces , NM 88001

Posted 2 months ago

Nature of Work

Performs professional municipal planning, transportation planning, long-range planning, current planning, land use, data analysis work.

Position involves competing demands, performing multiple tasks, working to deadlines, occasional work beyond normal business hours, and responding to customer issues. Regular attendance is an essential function of this job to ensure continuity of services. Position is subject to drug testing in accordance with applicable State and Federal regulations and City of Las Cruces policies.

Work is performed in an office setting. Light physical demands; mostly desk work. Frequent use of a personal computer.


Meeting or exceeding the minimum requirements does not guarantee an invitation to participate in the process.

This is the entry-level of the Planner job series. Employees work under close supervision and are responsible for assignments requiring the application of professional/technical knowledge, exercise of some independent judgment within defined technical and procedural limits, and works on planning problems/issue of limited scope. As experience is gained, there is greater independence of action within established guidelines

This position is graded an RX13

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Compiles and analyzes data; assists in the review and evaluation of development proposals, development designs, applications, planning & zoning changes, transportation & transit plans, sign permits, conservation & environmental issues, variance requests, technical documents and special permits

  • Answers inquiries, assists the public and other agencies, and provides information and suggestions within scope of authority; reviews and processes applications, permits and plans; creates correspondence and reports, and communicates with customers as needed; reviews development plans with residents, developers and builders as authorized.

  • Provides technical support to professional planners, and learns effective planning methods and practices; reviews project documents and assists in the development of technical solutions and professional reports; administers special programs and projects as assigned; reviews and processes variance requests; learns the rules, regulations, policies & procedures for a wide variety of municipal planning activities.

  • Serves as projects leader as assigned; conducts research and analysis on permits, plans, rules & regulations, and traffic data; conducts field surveys to evaluate sites and determine suitability of proposed changes; researches planning issues and regulations, and provides data on planning issues and related subjects as requested.

  • Participates in meetings with government officials and community groups; provides information to other City departments as needed; coordinates with various regional government organizations, community groups, and state and Federal agencies; attends public meetings and presents information on regional planning and zoning issues.


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree in Planning, Engineering, Earth Sciences or a related field; a combination of education, experience, and training may be applied in accordance with City of Las Cruces policy.

LICENSES/CERTIFICATIONS Valid driver's license is required; position requires an acceptable driving record in accordance with City of Las Cruces policies.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Basic Knowledge of: Principles of land use planning; City Comprehensive Plan and zoning codes; City, county, state and Federal laws, codes and regulations pertaining to community planning; research techniques and resources for land use trends and regulations; nomenclature, symbols, and computer software used in planning, drafting, mapping, and statistical analysis as applied to land use; principles of record keeping and records management; business and personal computers, and spreadsheet software applications; City policies and procedures.

Ability to: Assess and prioritize multiple tasks, projects and demands; communicate effectively in verbal and written forms; establish and maintain effective working relations with co-workers and customers; check designs, details, estimates, plans, and specifications of planning projects; maintain accurate and interrelated technical records.

Skills in: Researching and analyzing community planning project components; compiling statistical information, and preparing and presenting technical reports; understanding and interpreting land use regulations, zoning enforcement and state and Federal laws; using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) software.

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