City Planner II – Land Use

City of Portland | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 10/12/2022

Salary: $91,603.20 - $106,038.40 Annually

City Planners II serve as project coordinators or lead planners on complex and often politically sensitive planning projects or significant technical planning studies, with responsibility from inception to completion of all projects or study activities. Incumbents are expected to apply their technical expertise and exercise sound independent judgment and initiative in developing solutions and making recommendations to resolve problems consistent with legal regulatory and policy provisions. Work is performed both independently and in a team environment.

What you’ll get to do:

  • Recommend approval or denial of land-use applications or review building permit plans for compliance with zoning requirements and conditions of land use approvals.
  • Prepare findings for the consideration of review bodies or prepare responses to land use review applications.
  •  Advise and assists the City Attorney to prepare findings related to appeals of a City land-use decision to the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals.
  • Assist customers and the public with answers to questions and concerns, providing strong customer service and a solutions-oriented approach.
  • Analyze interpret and provide zoning and land use codes information in writing, on the phone, or using Microsoft TEAMS.
  • Identify dedications and frontage improvements per PBOT’s Title 17 requirements and street classifications

Who you are: 

  • Dedicated: Have a passion for public service and hold a high level of pride in making sure that projects, tasks, and emergencies are effectively and efficiently completed
  • Relationship Builder:  An outgoing professional who values building trust, partnerships, and relationships to support an inclusive culture and accomplish objectives more effectively
  • Excellent Communicator: You are a strong communicator to both technical and non-technical individuals, and proficient verbally and in writing
  • Authentic: Effective in a professional, diverse, multi-cultural environment. You treat customers, co-workers and employees with respect and are accountable
  • Innovative: You have an aptitude for continuous improvement and can excel in change management. You’ve demonstrated the ability to remain flexible, agile, and calm in a high paced environment that relies on quick and stable decision making
  • Solutions Oriented: Out of the box thinker who thrives on problem solving in a multi-partner process to meet a variety of overarching and technical project objectives while creating solutions that are acceptable to City in its role as regulatory authority. Frequently pushing the envelope and coming up with new and creative ideas with team partners to address unique issues that arise
  • Collaborative: An outgoing professional skilled in written and spoken communications, including public presentations, who values partnerships and forms relationships to get things done
  • Negotiator: You are confident holding (sometimes difficult) conversations with a variety of stakeholders and assisting the group to reach agreement on mutually acceptable terms
  • Detailed:  An organizer and skilled project manager who thrives on details and is uncompromising in consistency and accuracy


About the bureaus: 

The Portland Bureau of Transportation is a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage, and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides people and businesses access and mobility. We keep Portland moving. For more information about the Portland Bureau of Transportation, please visit Transportation | The Portland Bureau of Transportation embraces diversity, models inclusivity, and promotes equity through its service delivery, internal operations, organizational culture, and in its work with partners and the community.

The Bureau of Development Services’ mission is to promote safety, livability, and economic vitality through efficient and collaborative application of building and development codes. City Planners II provide services in three teams:

  • Planning and Zoning Team – Duties include administering the zoning code through non-discretionary review of (mostly) electronic building permit plans for compliance with zoning standards and previously-approved land use reviews. Additional duties include providing zoning information and assistance to customers involved in the land use review or permitting process on the Zoning Information Line (by phone), in Virtual meetings, in the Permit Center, and in other settings.

  • Title 33 Team –Duties include administering the zoning code through the review of development proposals involving a variety of discretionary land use reviews. Additional duties include providing zoning information and assistance to customers involved in the land use review or permitting process.

  • Land Division/Environmental Team – Duties include administering the zoning code through the review of development proposals involving discretionary Land Division or Environmental land use reviews. Additional duties include providing zoning information and assistance to customers involved in the land use review or permitting process.


Our Equity Commitment:


The Bureau of Development Services is committed to eliminating racism and all discriminatory practices in our services and in our workplace because we understand the positive value of equitable systems.


Equity: Conditions that allow everyone to flourish so that race, gender, ability and/or other held identities do not determine access or outcomes.


To learn more at The Bureau of Development Services equity commitment - please review our equity commitment:

This Classification is represented by: Professional & Technical Employees Local 17 (PTE-17). View the agreement here.

City of Portland Core Values: 
Anti-racism | Communication | Collaboration | Equity | Transparency | Fiscal Responsibility
These values guide our actions as we serve the community and engage our workforce. To learn more about the City's core values, please click here

Why work at the City of Portland? 
The City of Portland workforce serves a population of over 650,000. We are culture- and solutions-driven, viewing every challenge as an opportunity to learn, improve, and share our expertise. We are committed to removing systemic barriers to resources, access, and opportunity. The City is a believer in ALL people and continues to actively recruit and retain diverse top talent every day. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to medical, dental, vision, basic life, short- and long-term disability coverage to eligible employees and their families. If you are open-minded, motivated, community-focused, and self-aware, please apply yourself at the City of Portland today.
The City of Portland also participates in the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). For more information on the City of Portland's benefits please click here.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
As of October 18, 2021, all City employees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. This is required for all positions at the City of Portland. Proof of being fully vaccinated is required by date of hire. You may request an exception, for health or religious reasons, from getting the COVID-19 vaccine at the time a position is offered.

Work Location 
Currently, many positions with the City of Portland are being performed as a remote/onsite mix. In the future, these positions: 1) may remain as a remote/onsite mix or 2) revert to full-time at a city work location. 


To Qualify

Applicants must provide details in their supplemental question responses and resume that demonstrate how their education, training and/or experience, meets each of the following minimum qualifications:

  1. Knowledge of the theory, principles, standards, practices research methods and information sources of land use planning, growth management, urban economics and/or community change. 

  1. Ability to understand, interpret, and explain and apply federal, state, and local laws, regulations, policies, procedures, standards and planning principles and practices to specialized, complex or diverse development proposals (current planning).

  1. Ability to manage projects or development proposals including developing work plans and schedules, delivering products, and engaging the public. 

  1. Experience analyzing data and information; exercising sound independent judgment and reaching appropriate conclusions within established policies and guidelines; and presenting ideas and requirements clearly and persuasively, orally and in writing. 

  1. Experience engaging stakeholders by establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with diverse populations and interest groups (e.g., property owners, community representatives, developers, internal staff, elected officials, and the public); knowledge of and the ability to use best practices in inclusive and culturally appropriate community engagement.

Applicants must also possess:
Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 per City/State mandate or have an approved exception by date of hire


The Recruitment Process

An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their resume and answers to supplemental questions, weighted 100%. Do not attach materials not requested. Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list. You have 14 days from the notice of the examination results to let us know if you disagree with your results. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information. Additional evaluation may be required prior to establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection. 
**PLEASE NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies**

Recruitment Timeline 
 Job Posting closes: Monday October 31, 2022
 Applications Reviewed: Week of October 31, 2022
 Eligible List / Notices Generated: Week of November 7, 2022
 Selection Process Begins: Late November
 Job Offer: December 
 *Timeline is approximate and subject to change

Applicants must submit a professional resume and responses to the supplemental questions online, specifically focused on your qualifications for this position as identified in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement in accordance with the following Application Instructions:

  • Your résumé and responses to the supplemental questions will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification. 
  • Your responses to the supplemental questions should include details describing your education, training and/or experience, and where obtained which clearly reflects your qualifications for each of the numbered items in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement. 
  • Your resume should support the details described in your responses to the supplemental questions. 
  • If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, as identified below, please describe in your responses to the supplemental questions and resume any transferrable skills obtained during your military service and how they relate to each of the required minimum qualifications under the "To Qualify" section above. 
  • Salary Range/Equity Pay AnalysisPlease note per the Oregon State Pay Equity Law your salary is determined based on the experience and education listed in your resume/application. It is strongly encouraged to include any transferable experience (paid or unpaid regardless of how recent) to ensure your offer is reflective of all directly related and equivalent experience.

 Please note, all completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm, on the closing date of this recruitment. All applications must be submitted via the City's online application process. Do not attach materials not requestedE-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.


Additional Information

Work Status: Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of application.
Veterans' Preference: If you are requesting Veterans' Preference, attach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veterans Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veterans' Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment to which you apply. Veterans' Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on the closing date of this recruitment. 
 ADA Accommodations: If you identify as a person with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation when applying for this job, please contact the Recruiter below for assistance. 
 Language Pay Differential: City of Portland employees who speak one or more languages in addition to English, may be eligible to receive a “language pay differential.” This is compensation for qualifying multilingual City employees who use their language skill to assist the community. More about the language pay differential can be found here.
 Equal Employment Opportunity: It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply. 
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Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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