Planner I

La Plata County   Durango, CO   Full-time     Project Management
Posted on January 18, 2023
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DATE: 02/13

JOB SUMMARY: Performs professional and technical work in planning including: reviewing planning projects, plats and building permit applications for compliance with land use codes; reviewing minor gas facility permit applications for compliance with County oil and gas regulations; monitors compliance with development improvement agreements; researches and processes technical data for special and routine studies; presents written and oral reports to other planners, officials, boards and the general public.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Essential functions may include any of the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. The list that follows is not intended as a comprehensive list; it is intended to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed, and may be required to perform additional, position-specific tasks. Reasonable accommodations, as defined under the American with Disabilities Act, will be made when possible. Communicates extensively with the public, building contractors and developers to process applications; communicates and ensures comprehension of the County's planning and land use goals and process; conducts pre-application conferences with applicants to explain permit requirements and processes; explains oil and gas procedures within the County. Reviews and processes land use permit applications including lot consolidations, boundary adjustments, minor exemption subdivisions, subdivisions, Class I and II land use permits and variances; determines applicable standards for each project, conducts analyses to determine impacts created by land use projects; reviews plats for problems and completeness and records and files plats; monitors compliance with development improvement agreements. Reviews building permit applications for compliance with subdivision and land use codes; coordinates Planning Department review of building permits with the Building Department. Meets with oil and gas operators within the County to review permits and processes; explains the processes and regulations; reviews applications for facility operations; conducts site visits and takes sound level measurements, reviews topography and impacts, takes measurements, researches and gathers information pertaining to oil and gas in the state; creates and sends notices to operators regarding completeness, potential violations and approval of permits. Writes and organizes staff reports and planning packets for Board of County Commissioners, the Board of Adjustments, and the Planning Commission; makes recommendations on projects and presents staff reports to these bodies. Performs site plan and plat reviews for completeness and conformance with land use regulations; visits sites and inspects for conformance with approved plans. Reviews, researches and investigates potential violations of the land use regulations; conducts research and writes reports to Director, violator, boards and legal counsel. Uses Geographic Information System to query information and conduct data analysis; maintains records and computer data bases. Distributes Requests for Comments to various resource agencies with applicable information; determines appropriate agencies to involve in projects. Prepares letters and maps to mail to adjacent landowners. Performs other related duties as assigned. Regular and predictable attendance is required.

MATERIAL AND EQUIPMENT USED: General office and computer equipment

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Education and Experience: Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university in Urban Planning or a related field; and, Six months to one year of progressively responsible related experience; or, Any combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Licenses and Certifications: Valid State Driver’s License.


Knowledge of: Basic principles and practices of city and county planning, land use, zoning and subdivision law, theory and applications. Local government structure and operations. General business and management principles and practices. Project review process. Recordkeeping, report preparation, filing methods and records management techniques. All applicable state, federal and local laws, rules and regulations. Computer applications related to the work. Methods and techniques of research, statistical analysis and report presentation.

Skill in: Using tact, discretion, initiative and independent judgment within established guidelines. Researching, compiling, and summarizing a variety of informational and statistical data and materials. Organizing work, setting priorities, meeting critical deadlines, and following up assignments with a minimum of direction. Applying logical thinking to solve problems or accomplish tasks; to understand, interpret and communicate complicated policies, procedures and protocols. Communicating clearly and effectively, orally and in writing. Preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence and other written materials.

Ability to: Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of individuals. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations. Ability to read, analyze and interpret professional periodicals and journals, technical procedures and government regulations. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands: Work is performed in a normal office environment with some exposure to outdoor temperatures or dirt and dust. The incumbent's working conditions are moderately quiet. Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office and setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time, to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to speak and hear; to travel to other locations using various modes of private and commercial transportation; to verbally communicate to exchange information. While performing the essential functions of this job the employee is occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Entry annual salary $55,555-65k/year DOE

Full-Time with medical, dental, vision, retirement, 38+ paid vacation/holiday days, 13+ paid sick days & paid parental leave benefits.

Deadline 4 pm 2/2/23.

Apply online at or at computer kiosk @ La Plata County, 1101 E 2nd Ave, Durango.   

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.