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Douglas County  3750
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The classifications within this five-level series perform professional planning duties including research, analysis, presentation of data; interpretation and enforcement of state and local land use regulations and development of plan or ordinance provision, coordination and comprehensive plan maintenance and updates.

This classification is advanced-level within the professional planner series, and is distinguished by performing senior-level professional planning duties. Incumbents are responsible for complex land use actions and quasi-judicial land use decisions required of long-range and administrative project or program management.


(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples. Any one position may not perform all listed tasks.)

1. Maintain the County comprehensive plan. Interpret state statutes relative to impact on local land use policies. Design, develop and implement studies, conduct land use inventories, analyze data, develop land use policies and incorporate into revisions to the governing land use plans for the County. Represent the County in public presentations, participate in adoption process for ordinances and other documents pertaining to land use. Coordinate support staff to assure timely completion.

2. Administer the city/county coordination program. Interpret and respond to City land use referrals; formulate staff findings and develop recommendations for the planning commission and Board of Commissioners; implement urban growth management agreements; participate in revisions and updates. Serve as liaison with Council of Governments and county cities; provide professional assistance; interpret and respond to special district coordination items; prepare an annual report.

3. Implement and maintain the County coastal resources plan and coordinate long-range work program which includes preparation of legislative amendments when necessary to comply with goals; identify issues and assist Director in policy determination and interpretation; review and coordinate review permits, conditional use permits, partitions, and other applications.

4. Serve as staff planner on historic matters; maintain and interpret county records and program; compile educational brochures; research and prepare grant requests for historic projects, monitor expenditures, maintain records for audit; represent the jurisdiction in contracts with state historic preservation office; liaison to the Historic Resource Review Committee, schedule meetings, compose staff reports, present information at meetings, compose annual report.

5. Provide input to and direct coordination with state agencies for development of state rules regarding certain areas of land use. Organize, direct and implement county responses to specific state action in water resources and transportation. Develop recommendations for county policy regarding land use impacts of state agency programs.

6. Serve as member of management team for state required multimodel transportation studies. Direct consultants work on transportation studies and plans. Monitor and present results of studies. Develop local plan and policy recommendation. Represent the County and work with multiple jurisdictions. Provide primary liaison between county public works and planning. Design, organize, manage and lead projects for development, monitoring and update of urban area circulation plans.

7. Serve as staff planner on floodplain matters. Interpret the County program, compile the biennial report, represent the department at training on federal regulations, research program changes required to change community rating system status.

8. Receive applications requiring public hearing before the planning commission and/or applications approved by the planning director. Compose notices, investigate requests, compost staff report with recommendation, present at public hearing, prepare decision and order and documentation.

9. Counsel the public, state agencies, special districts and cities in person or by phone with problems, questions and complaints regarding land use, land development and zoning and the statewide planning program. Interpret local ordinances.

10. Manage special program grants related to position responsibilities and/or program area delegated by the planning director.


Knowledge of: Thorough knowledge of planning concepts, principles, techniques and practices; considerable knowledge of laws, codes, rules, regulations and ordinances applied to land use planning; considerable knowledge of research methodology and statistical techniques; reasonable knowledge of those portions of geography, civil engineering, economics, sociology and architecture which apply to planning; considerable knowledge and ability to use maps, land use data and other planning materials. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms to present ideas, concepts, policies and recommendations; conduct research and to compile and analyze data; establish and maintain recordkeeping systems and reports; make decisions independently in accordance with established policy and procedures, and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; remain calm and use good judgment during confrontational or high pressure situations; efficiently organize time and meet established deadlines; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, other agency representatives, commissions, committees, contractors, engineers and the public.

Education, experience and training: Bachelor's degree in planning or related field and three years experience in city, county or regional planning OR any satisfactory equivalent combination of education, experience and training. At time of appointment, must possess valid Oregon driver's license.

Desirable Qualifications: Master's degree in planning or related field.


Work is performed under the guidance of senior planner, planning manager or planning director. The employee works independently in administering a complex area of responsibility and confers with supervisor for professional advice. Discretion is required in applying general goal and policy statements, in development of recommendations, policies and procedures and in resolving program problems. Work is accomplished within a broad framework, with authority and responsibility in area of service. Periodic reviews of work performance are conducted in terms of expected results.


Work is performed within department policy and procedures; federal, state, county and local statutes, rules, regulations and ordinances; Douglas County Comprehensive Plan, Douglas County Land Use and Development Ordinance, statewide planning goals and standard planning practices. Professional planning expertise and seasoned judgment is used in applying guidelines. Employee recommends modification of guidelines or implementing new guidelines to achieve desired goals.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is performed primarily in an office environment and may require bending, gripping, hearing voice conversation, keyboarding, lifting up to 25 pounds, standing and walking. Occasional driving is required.

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