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Douglas County  3630
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The classifications within this three-level series have a focus on providing technical support to the department and the public in the areas of cartography, graphics production, drafting, GIS operations, research and data compilation and public assistance.

This classification is intermediate-level within the Planning Technician series and is distinguished by performing journey-level technical planning duties in accordance with established guidelines. Incumbents apply judgment in interpreting guidelines.


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

1. Prepare pre-application conference packets for client appointments. Research and document ownership history; interpret ordinances and/or policies and apply land-use provisions and policies to specific land use action.

2. Process applications resulting from pre-application conference; prepare files for legal notification to adjacent land owners and public agencies; prepare for planner review.

3. Regularly serve as counter support and, as necessary, as primary counter position to assist clients. Includes application of ordinances and policies, answer questions and concerns regarding applications, ordinances, planning process, requirements, other general information and processing planning clearance for development.

4. Maintain files and update records using automated equipment. Operate standard drafting equipment. Research and prepare special projects.

5. Provide staff assistance and representation to planning advisory committee(s).

6. Regularly provide support services to the public and higher level staff in specialty areas of addressing, land use information, technical research and/or graphics.

7. Research and issue new addresses. Notify emergency services and public facilities of new addresses and changes. Draft updates to addressing maps and digital file corresponding to assessor accounts. Process requests.

8. Maintain and update land use, zoning, subdivision maps, address files and maps, information, logs, files and records. Involves computer updates.

9. Provide technical research assistance for planners on a variety of issues. Prepare charts, graphs, signs and other graphic art projects.


Knowledge of: Considerable knowledge of cartographic and drafting principles and practices to develop and revise maps and other documents for planning projects; considerable knowledge of GIS principles and practices; considerable knowledge of mathematics to compute necessary data for cartographic and drafting projects; reasonable knowledge of land use planning concepts and theories; basic knowledge of surveying principles and practices. Skill in: Understanding and interpreting deeds and legal property descriptions; interpreting maps and aerial photographs; use of calculator, automated equipment and systems, drafting tools, reproduction equipment and drafting and office equipment; conducting record searches. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; work independently and manage time efficiently to meet established deadlines; conduct research and prepare maps, graphics, reports, etc.; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, other agency representatives, contractors, committees and the public.

Education, experience and training: Three years cartographic or drafting experience OR an AA degree plus one year experience in cartography, drafting, planning, land survey or a related field OR any combination of education, experience or training. At time of appointment, must possess a valid Oregon driver's license.


Work is performed under the general direction of a planning technician 3, technical manager or planning manager. Recurring routine assignments are independently performed by employee on basis of past experience. The employee receives general instructions regarding the scope and approach to projects or assignments by using established procedures. Employee estimates and manages time efficiently. Work is reviewed periodically to ensure determinations and decisions made are in compliance to department policy and procedures.


Work is performed within departmental policy and procedures, state and county statutes, ordinances, rules and regulations, Douglas County Land Use and Development Ordinance, comprehensive plan, urban growth management agreements and committed lands document, maps, drafting manuals. The guidelines provide a basis for employee interpretations; however, when encountering complex questions, discussions or interpretations employee refers to supervisor or employee in a higher classification.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is generally performed in an office environment with some field work. Work may require bending, color identification, hearing voice conversation, keyboarding, occasional lifting up to 50 pounds, stooping and walking. An infrequent amount of driving is required.

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