City Planner II - Land Use

  • City of Portland
  • Beautiful Portland, Oregon!
Full Time Construction Government Strategy

Job Description

THE CITY OF PORTLAND, OREGON invites applications for the position of City Planner II – Land Use

Salary:  $31.44 - $36.34 Hourly Great Benefits!

Recruitment Opens: May 22, 2017

Recruitment Closes: Monday, June 5, 2017 4:30 pm Pacific

To Apply Visit before recruitment closes


The Mission of Portland’s Bureau of Development Services is to promote safety, livability, and economic vitality through efficient and collaborative application of building and development codes.


The Position:

City Planners II with a Land Use Specialty perform advanced professional land use planning and project coordination duties, applying advanced land use planning knowledge to assignments and to the coordination of multiple complex projects or processes from inception to completion, and coordinates multiple projects, planning processes and/or complex projects in a specialty field.

Planning functions are spread across a number of City agencies as follows: Planners in the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) generally administer, implement and enforce the zoning and land use regulations, provide information and assistance to the public about zoning and land use requirements, review development proposals and plans for compliance with these requirements, prepare findings of fact for quasi-judicial discretionary land use reviews and code enforcement hearings, and providing services to customers in an equitable manner.  Planners in the Bureau of Planning & Sustainability generally do long-range planning projects, conduct planning studies, draft new or revised codes, and work with various stakeholders on planning policy.  Planners with the BDS Enforcement Program within the Inspections Division investigate and resolve zoning enforcement complaints.

By guiding and regulating the shape and form of the City, all City Planners have an important role in advancing the City's goals towards prosperity, resiliency, and equity.  Sensitivity to how land use decisions impact communities differently, and disproportionately towards achieving these goals, is desired.

The current vacancy is in the Bureau of Development Services, Title 33 Team.  However, this list may be used to fill future vacancies within this job classification.  See the recruitment information at for full details.  Duties within the Title 33 Team include administering the zoning code through the review of development proposals involving a variety of discretionary land use reviews, such as Adjustments (that modify development standards), Conditional Uses, and Comprehensive Plan Map/Zoning Map Amendments.  This requires applying complex zoning regulations to development proposals, preparing written findings, and presenting recommendations to hearings bodies.  Additional duties include providing zoning information and assistance to customers involved in the land use review or permitting process

This classification is represented by the City of Portland Professional Employees Association(COPPEA).  To view this labor agreement, please go to and click on the appropriate link.

To Qualify:

  1. Knowledge of the theory, principles, standards, practices and information sources of land use planning,
  2. Ability to understand, interpret, and explain and apply federal, state and local laws, regulations, policies, procedures and standards and planning principles and practices to specialized, complex or diverse planning processes (long range planning) or development proposals (current planning).
  3. Ability to manage projects or development proposals including developing workplans and schedules, delivering products and engaging the public.
  4. Exercise sound independent judgment and reach appropriate conclusions within established policies and guidelines.
  5. Experience presenting ideas and requirements clearly and persuasively, orally and in writing.
  6. Experience analyzing data and information to support recommendations.
  7. Experience engaging stakeholders by establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with diverse populations and interest groups (e.g. property owners, community representatives, developers, bureau staff, elected officials, and the general public).

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. An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Optional Information Sessions - To assist you in understanding this position and the recruitment process, we will offer Optional Information Sessions that will provide you with details about this position and about the application process. You are not required to attend to apply for this job, but attending will help you with the application process. You are welcome to join us for one of these optional sessions:

1900 Building
5th Floor, Room 5A
1900 SW 4th Ave., Portland, OR 97201

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
5:30 pm – 6:30pm
Thursday, May 25, 2017
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

For instructions on how to participate remotely, please contact Lorena Ramirez by 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time within one business day of the informational session date by email, Lorena.Ramirez@PortlandOregon.Gov or by phone at 503-823-5333.


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$31.44 - $36.34 Hourly with Great Benefits!