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PLANNING TECHNICIAN 3
Pay Range GC17

INTRODUCTION

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

This classification is advanced-level within the planning technician series and is distinguished by performing senior-level technical planning duties within guidelines that require interpretation. Incumbents apply considerable judgment and may have independent responsibility for a technical area of addressing, administrative actions, primary counter position, flood plain or graphics. This classification may supervise and train lower-level technicians and support staff.

EXAMPLES OF PRINCIPAL DUTIES

(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, monitor and finalize application packets for administrative and quasi-judicial actions. Requires preparation and organization of material for notification, monitoring through process until final. Final includes preliminary review of conditions, necessary filings and record updating. Research and document ownership history.

2. Respond to inquiries from the public and other agencies in regard to land use laws, planning process, development approvals, ordinance requirements, addressing and flood plain information. May function as either primary or secondary counter support positions.

3. Review and authorize development requests; independently determine permitted use and appropriate action; determine appropriate application fees.

4. Develop and maintain County road addressing system; includes naming of roads process, issuance of addresses, upkeep of records, production of street directory, year-end reports, procedure manual. Liaison between program and data processing; assist in file and program development, monitor updates.

5. Provide technical support and expertise in creating graphics, mapping, special research assignments and studies to support planning programs. Operate computerized and standard drafting equipment. Assure accuracy of work product.

6. Supervise and coordinate work activities of support staff; offer technical assistance as needed. Ensure accurate work products. Is involved in selection, training and evaluating of staff. Participate in development of department policy and procedure.

7. Maintain records, files and statistical data. Update records and input data to utilizing automated equipment and systems.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY REQUIRED BY THIS POSITION

Knowledge of: Considerable knowledge of planning principles and County comprehensive planning, zoning, subdivision, addressing and flood plain programs; considerable knowledge of cartographic and drafting principles and practices to develop and revise maps and other data for planning projects; considerable knowledge of GIS principles and practices; considerable knowledge of mathematics to compute necessary data for cartographic and drafting projects; 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 form; establish and maintain recordkeeping systems and reports; supervise, train and coordinate the work of support staff; 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 to meet established deadlines; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, public agencies, utility companies, title companies, contractors, consultants, vendors and the public.

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

Desirable qualifications: Specific knowledge or experience related to assigned program area; program manager or supervisory experience.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS OF THIS POSITION

Work is performed under the general direction of 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; procedures and problem resolution are left to employee discretion and interpretation. Employee estimates and manages time efficiently. Work is reviewed periodically to ensure determinations and decisions made are in compliance to department policy and procedures.

GUIDELINES

Work is performed within departmental policy and procedures; federal, 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, directories, drafting manuals and FEMA guidelines. Employee uses considerable judgment and independence of action in interpretation of guidelines and determining sections within scope of authority.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

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, lifting up to 25 pounds, stooping and walking. A moderate amount of driving is required.

 
   
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