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MSD seeking to hire a Planner II

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Annual Salary range: 55,102 to 79,803 (depending on experience). To apply: visit or send a cover letter, resume and references to

Under the general guidance and direction of the Planning Manager, the Planner II performs professional planning work including but not limited to facilitating application submittal requirements for proposed developments, hosting pre-application meetings, coordinating review processes with other departments and agencies, collecting and presenting data, preparing reports for Planning Commissions and Metro Councils in support of urban and regional planning, development and zoning activities for the Municipal Service District (MSD).

Bachelor’s Degree from and accredited college or university in Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, or other closely related field, plus (4) years of increasingly responsible experience; or a master’s degree in planning, plus (2) years of increasingly responsible experience; or an equivalent combination of related education and experience.

Special Requirements
Must possess a valid Utah driver license.

The following duties and responsibilities are intended to be representative of the work performed by the incumbent(s) in this position and are not all-inclusive. The omission of specific duties and responsibilities will not preclude it from the position. Applicants must be prepared to demonstrate the ability to perform the essential functions of the job with or without a reasonable accommodation.

  • Interprets and applies applicable state, county and local codes, ordinances, and regulations.
  • Audits development code and provides recommendation on updates to zoning code and relevant ordinances in accordance with Utah State Law and General Plans of the Metro Townships, Town of Brighton, and Salt Lake County.
  • Conducts detailed analyses of various development applications including subdivision plats, permits, site plans, conditional uses, variance requests, and rezoning requests.
  • Conducts review of various development applications including, conditional and permitted use permits, rezone requests, site plan reviews, variance requests, and subdivision plats.
  • Conducts pre-application meetings in which critical issues are identified for subdivision, site plan, conditional use, storm water, or other applications as required.
  • Writes and presents formal and technical reports, working papers, and correspondence.
  • Attends substantial number of evening meetings/conducts meetings with advisory boards and elected officials.
  • Delivers quality customer assistance by providing information, technical assistance and responding to phone and e-mail contacts, and daily walk-in customers; preparing staff report packets; and providing planning assistance to member communities regarding various land use projects.
  • Reviews building permit submittals; performs zoning compliance work including inspections, responding to complaints; issuing compliance letters; maintaining records of all evidence and correspondence.
  • Acts as project manager in the review and approval or denial, or the recommendation of approval or denial to the Planning Commission or other appropriate commission/board applications submitted for land use review.
  • Provides technical assistance to developers, contractors, and citizens regarding ordinance requirements, approval processes, and available options to gain approval of land development proposals.
  • Conducts research regarding property histories, previous regulatory actions, and applicable conditions of approval affecting land use.
  • Provides insight and analysis of special studies or plans to solve issues relating to long-range planning, general plans, and land use development and/or regional planning.
  • Calculates and creates Performance Bond amounts necessary to guarantee the installation of required improvements.
  • Understands Geographic Information System (GIS).
  • Understands Urban Design & Principles utilized in the planning profession.
  • Performs field inspections to gather data as part of the development review process; verifies in the field that development projects comply with approved plans.
  • Processes abandonments and street vacations applications; retains an appraiser; processes documentation regarding abandonment of rights-of-way, public utility easements, drainage easements, etc.
  • Reviews landscaping and re-vegetation plans for compliance with ordinance.
  • Performs review and calculations regarding water usage and compliance with other ordinance requirements.
  • Performs other duties as needed or assigned.

Knowledge of:

  • Planning and development and local government policies and procedures
  • Local government functions and local and state legislative processes
  • Principles, practices and theories of Urban Planning, Community Development, as well as principles and practices of zoning and subdivision design
  • Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations
  • Methods and techniques of effective technical report preparation and presentation
  • Business computers, copy machines, phones, and other typical business electronic equipment
  • Adobe applications, Sketch-UP, GIS or other similar applications
  • Word processing, spreadsheet, calendaring, scheduling, and publishing software applications
  • Communication and public relations concepts, practices, principles, and strategies
  • Project Management

Skills and Abilities to:

  • Use and understand Geographic Information System (GIS), Cityworks Permitting Software, Bluebeam, Microsoft Office Suite and Webex
  • Use and understand Urban Design & Principles utilized in the planning profession
  • Perform field inspections to gather data as part of the development review process; verifies in the field that development projects comply with approved plans
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships and collaborate with internal staff and external agencies
  • Apply and understand the different policies, procedures, ordinances, and fee schedules of the several different jurisdictions to the varied applications for land use
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Read and interpret codes
  • Demonstrate ability to meet required deadlines
  • Perform effectively in stressful situations
  • Organizing and maintaining records and analyzing data, tracking of multiple assignmen

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • This position requires work in a wide variation of conditions, from a typical office setting to field work.  Must be able to attend evening meetings and some weekend events.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, walk, move, talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle, feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
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