El Paso County Planner II - Reviewer in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Planner II - Reviewer



Planner II - Reviewer


Depends on Qualifications


Colorado Springs, CO

Job Type



Planning and Community Development

Job Number



10/21/2018 5:00 PM Mountain

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Essential Job Functions


$54,000 - $64,000 Annually / Depends on Qualifications

Reviews zoning, rezoning, preliminary plans, final plats, and sketch plans for conformance with current zoning, planning standards, and Master Plan. Acts as the primary contact for more complex development projects. Presents projects to Planning Commission and the Board of County Commissioners as part of a Multidisciplinary Team (MDT).

  • Responsible for coordinating projects from pre-application assistance to project close-out; reports project needs and solutions, as well as code shortcomings.

  • Assembles appropriate MDT to perform team-based project Early Assistance for the customer; organizes and facilitates the functions of MDTs.

  • Provides MDT and the customer with accurate feedback on project requirements at Team Early Assistance. Schedules and chairs project meetings, requests assignment of appropriate MDT members, and ensures the appropriate levels and functions of staff are present at project meetings to facilitate decision-making. Responsible for moving projects in meetings to decision-making. Documents meeting results; prepares a tailored "road map" to assist the customer with processing a future application.

  • Coordinates processing and review of sketch plans, rezoning, preliminary plans, final plats, and related administrative and construction applications through the development review system.

  • Coordinates processing and review of administrative actions and related construction permits, consisting of complex Type B or simple Type C projects through development review system.

  • Coordinates input of technical review agencies and the public; meets with customers and staff of various agencies and County departments to ensure that issues are resolved, an efficient process is followed, and projects are reviewed within agreed upon timelines.

  • Independently reviews and analyzes data; formulates recommendations relating to occasional complex and controversial zoning applications, new subdivisions, land development, and other planning issues.

  • Responsible for reviewing projects for consistency with applicable adopted plans, codes, and standards, as well as preemptively identifying any related issues.

  • Identifies and proactively presents acceptable options for project design and clarification on code interpretations and specific code language.

  • Reports project needs and solutions as well as code shortcomings.

  • Communicates with public and private entities and individuals regarding land development, planning goals, and specific projects.

  • Prepares and presents staff reports to the Planning Commission, Board of Adjustment, and the Board of County Commissioners for items being processed through the development review system.

  • Advises engineers, site planners, and others engaged in development on proper land use and conformance with the Land Development Code.

  • Facilitates issue resolution process and team decision-making; escalates decision-making to a higher authority if a policy decision is required and ensures timely resolution in accordance with the issue resolution process.

  • Actively maintains project files and provides proactive notice for project signoffs and permit issuance; coordinates preparation and processing of project-related legal documents.

  • Manages and performs special projects, which may include revisions to the Land Development Code, management or participation of long range planning projects, and other assigned planning-related projects.

  • Maintains customer service and performance standards. Serves as role model and mentor for junior planners.

  • Serves as "planner of the day" by being the primary point of contact for walk-in or remote customers with technical planning questions or needs.

  • Performs other duties as required.


  • Bachelor's degree in planning or related field required. Master's degree in planning or related field preferred.

  • Minimum three (3) years experience in county, city, or regional planning.

  • Knowledge of principles of planning, public administration and related disciplines. Knowledge of geography and urban and regional land use preferred.

  • Ability to interact with diverse public and private interests in a professional and courteous manner, communicate effectively verbally and in writing, and maintain effective working relationships.

  • Skills and abilities in setting, evaluating, and maintaining goals and performance standards; organization of complex projects, running effective meetings, and critical path project management.

  • Ability to work independently, make sound judgments, and direct projects to avoid conflicts, or last minute problems.

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret technical and design procedures; planning and zoning regulations; Federal, State, and County regulations.

  • Knowledge of principles and practices of planning as applied to the design, methods, and techniques of development project construction and approval.

  • Knowledge of plan review methods and ability to exercise sound, independent judgment within established guidelines, including compliance with codes and regulations.

  • Ability to independently apply principles of logical thinking to define complex problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

  • Ability to analyze, prepare, and interpret complex reports, maps, drawings, blueprints, aerial photos, and other topographical data; solve potential problems or conflicts; maintain files and records.

  • Ability to operate standard office equipment, including computer, typewriter, calculator, telephone, copier, and fax machine.

  • Maintain regular and punctual attendance.

  • An equivalent combination of related education and experience may be substituted for the education and experience requirements above.

  • Must pass conditional post offer background investigation, drug screen, and motor vehicle record check.


Must possess and maintain a valid Colorado Driver's License.

Work Conditions

Work is primarily performed in an office environment; some travel and field work required.

This job announcement is not intended to be inclusive of all functions, responsibilities and qualifications associated with the position, however, representative of the essential job functions and typical criteria considered necessary to successfully perform the position.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE FILED ONLINE AT: http://www.elpasoco.com For inquiries please call: 719-520-7401.

Each applicant is considered only for the current vacancy indicated on your application. It is the responsibility of the applicant to monitor any future openings and to submit a separate application for each position. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Any new employee and rehires must provide documentation of authorization to work as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (PL99-603).