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Planner III - Housing And Economic Development Specialist

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Rohnert Park City Rohnert Park , CA 94927

Posted 3 months ago

The Position

Are you looking for an opportunity to share your passion for planning to help the City achieve its community vision? Do you enjoy being part of a team and playing a pivotal role in shaping a community? Are you ready to make a difference? Let's see if our interests are a match.


The City of Rohnert Park is located in the North Bay Area, 45 miles from San Francisco, in the heart of Sonoma County's wine country and home to Sonoma State University. We are actively implementing a General Plan with a strong focus on sustainable growth and working to develop a downtown for the City.


We are seeking an experienced planning professional to perform and oversee complex land use and urban planning work with the ability to multi-task on a variety of concurrent projects. The successful applicant is expected to possess considerable planning, affordable housing, and economic program knowledge.

Ideal Candidate

The duties described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. The duties fall broadly into three categories:

Economic Development:

  • Assists with the development and implementation of City-wide economic development programs including efforts focused on retail attraction, promotional outreach efforts to bring in specific targeted businesses to the City, and identification of economic development priorities.

  • Assists local organizations, businesses and individuals to take advantage of economic development opportunities.

  • Analyzes and researches economic data and industries/sectors and develops programs and policies to spur industry growth, align resources and facilitate a positive business climate.

  • Plans, coordinates, analyzes and facilitates the development of affordable housing projects and projects which further the economic development objectives of the community.

  • Serves as a liaison to business and developers to shepherd projects through the planning and entitlement process.

  • Coordinates and facilitates City real estate transactions by processing relevant documents through appropriate procedures.


  • Maintains the inventory of inclusionary and affordable housing stock within the City and tracks and maintains ongoing affordability restrictions and reports.

  • Coordinates and completes various housing and economic development tasks such as preparing staff reports, correspondence, notices, resolutions, ordinances and similar written materials.

  • Assists with the development and implementation of immediate and long-term housing strategies, plans, and programs for the City's housing programs including the General Plan Housing Element and Housing Action Plan.

  • Works with community organizations, public officials, consultants, non-profit groups, developers, real estate agents, and others to develop and implement housing and economic development projects and programs.

  • Negotiates, prepares, and administers agreements and contracts associated with housing and economic development projects including development agreements and affordable housing agreements and monitors for compliance with adopted programs.

  • Develop and oversee a program for homeless prevention and rapid rehousing in conjunction with community agencies.

  • Analyzes, interprets and implements ordinance, laws, rules, regulations and legislation related to housing.

  • Assists in the preparation and monitoring of the department budget, grants and loan applications.

  • Compiles information, writes and presents technical and other reports and advises staff and decision-makers.

  • Coordinates and reviews the work of consultants and clerical staff engaged in project activities.

  • Serves as a liaison to various local organizations representing the City on affordable housing, residential development related matters and economic development programs.

  • Collaborates with other City officials and staff; participates in coordinating affordable housing and economic development activities with other City functions including finance, engineering, building inspection, planning, and utilities.

  • Attends and/or participates in public meetings, committees, and workshops including interdepartmental working groups.

  • Creates and maintains minutes, agendas and supporting materials for public meetings, committees, or working groups and develops public information and responses to public issues.

  • Evaluates work processes and make recommendations for streamlining program operations.


  • Provides courteous, high quality service to members of the public by personally responding to requests for service or making appropriate referral via telephone, in-person and online.

  • Collaborates across departments to assist in the development of a thriving downtown.

  • Reads and interprets detailed project plans and specifications to determine compliance with applicable codes and ordinances.

  • Develops, reviews, updates and implements the General Plan, Zoning Ordinance, specific plans, other planning documents, and City Council policies.

  • Reviews and makes recommendations on zoning and permit applications, site plans, and architectural designs, including the processing of current and advanced planning projects from submittal through environmental review, public hearing, plan check, and final inspection.

  • Assists property owners, developers, builders, attorneys, engineers and architects with processing applications and meeting planning requirements; responding through written correspondence and with phone calls.

  • Coordinates, organizes, manages and performs work in planning, zoning, community development, housing activities, programs and projects.

In performing the duties described above, the incumbent is expected to:

  • Provide outstanding and friendly customer service

  • Create and maintain a respectful and collaborative working environment

  • Communicate honestly and behave in a manner that is ethical, legal and fiscally responsible

  • Demonstrate care for the organization, customers and coworkers

  • Practice and encourage initiative and innovation to improve the workplace

Qualifications and Requirements

Sufficient experience and education in planning that provides the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way of obtaining the required qualifications is:

  • Possession of a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited educational institution with a major in urban or regional planning or other closely-related field

  • A Master's Degree is desirable

  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification is desirable

  • A minimum of five (5) years of professional work experience in the fields of government planning, housing, economic development, law and/or similar fields.

  • Possession of a Class C California driver's license by date of appointment

For the complete job description, including the required knowledge, skills and abilities and working conditions, please click here.


To be considered for this opportunity, please visit "Job Opportunities" at for an online application and the required supplemental questionnaire. Work history must include all employment for the last ten years. All applications will be screened for completeness and possession of minimum qualifications. Applications will be reviewed in detail to identify the most qualified candidates to interview.


You may submit a resume or other relevant documents to further describe your qualifications; however, "See Resume" will not meet the requirements to submit a complete application, including employment history, or be accepted in lieu of responses to supplemental questions.

If you need assistance applying online, please click on the Application Help/FAQ's link:

If you are a CalPERS retiree, you may not work for the City of Rohnert Park more than 960 hours per fiscal year, July 1st through June 30th, nor in a regular, i.e. permanent, position. Work assignments must be temporary, i.e. typically limited to 12 months.

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Planner III - Housing And Economic Development Specialist

Expired Job

Rohnert Park City