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Principal Planner

Min Hourly Max Hourly Min Monthly Max Monthly Min Salary Max Salary
$32.59 $45.62 $5,648.82 $7,907.31 $67,783.00 $94,896.00


Accountable for the County development planning program and performs the most difficult and complex professional planning work. Provides supervision to other professional planners and assists the Planning and Building Services Division Director in providing staff support to the Board of County Commissioners, the Planning Commission, the Board of Adjustment, and others as assigned.


The following statements are illustrative of the duties and responsibilities of the job. The organization retains the right to modify or change the duties and responsibilities of the job at any time.  

  • Receives general guidance from the Planning and Building Services Division Director.
  • Exercises direct supervision over professional and technical staff.
  • Exercise direct, first-level supervision of positions, employees, operations, and activities within the assigned planning unit; may include coordinating staff training, assigning and reviewing work, participating in the interview and selection process, making recommends impacting pay, status, and disciplinary action, evaluating performance independently or in conjunction with a higher-level supervisor/manager, and approving time off.
  • Assist the Division Director, as assigned, in the fulfillment of the Division's mission and strategies for improvement.
  • Apply the Larimer County Land Use Code in a manner consistent with County policies and procedures.
  • Participate in the development, refinement, and implementation of goals, objectives, regulations, and procedures related to the Planning and Building Services Division.
  • Act as a resource or expert in a program area, providing training and coaching to less experienced staff.
  • Perform the most complex planning duties and serve as project manager for major planning projects.
  • Manage and supervise a variety of long-range planning activities; develop, update, and revise the County Comprehensive Plan.
  • Manage the development application review function.
  • Manage the land use code administration function.
  • Conduct a variety of related special projects and studies dealing with land use, zoning, development, demographics, economics, housing, and natural resources.
  • As assigned, serve as staff to the Planning Commission, Board of County Commissioners, Board of Adjustment, and other commissions and committees, including the preparation and presentation of reports and recommendations.
  • Participate in various committees and boards related to program activities and responsibilities.
  • Analyze and make recommendations regarding the entire development review process, from the pre-application stage through certificate of occupancy.
  • Assist in the drafting of amendments to the Land Use Code or Master Plan.
  • Respond to difficult citizen complaints and requests for information from citizens, developers, and others for a wide variety of inquiries including, but not limited to, county plans, policies, procedures, regulations, and development applications.
  • Participate in work sessions and public hearings with the Board of County Commissioners, Planning Commission, Board of Adjustment, and others as assigned.
  • Coordinate planning activities with other division programs, other County departments and divisions, and with outside agencies.
  • Develop yearly work plans and provide input to setting objectives and priorities for Department activities.
  • Assist in developing and managing the budget. Review and approve expenditures within the development planning program.
  • May assume supervisor duties for Chief Planner on a temporary basis, and as assigned.
  • Perform other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
  • Principles and practices of urban planning and land use regulation.
  • The land development process.
  • Organization and functions of the various agencies involved in the planning process.
  • Supervisory principles, procedures, and methods including selection, training, discipline, and evaluation.
  • Methods of effective management and leadership.
  • Operation of standard office equipment including fax machines, copiers, and computers.
  • Routine software and business applications including, but not limited to, building and planning software, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, and databases.
  • Group process, group dynamics, meeting facilitation, negotiation, mediation, and group problem solving principles and techniques.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
  • Read and comprehend department and County rules, regulations, policies, and standard operating procedures.
  • Correctly apply relevant laws, regulations, inter-governmental agreements, plans, policies, and procedures.
  • Act as an official representative of the County in a professional manner with local, state, and national agencies and organizations.
  • Collect and analyze data and develop complex plans and reports and make recommendations.
  • Effectively perform complex development review, land use code administration, and/or long range planning functions.
  • Perform duties without close supervision.
  • Accomplish the assigned workload in a timely manner, and meet established performance standards and objectives.
  • Make decisions and provide direction in accordance with laws, regulations, and policies, procedures, and the Larimer County Land Use Code.
  • Supervise and mentor professional and support staff.
  • Read and research official office documents such as records, plats, and maps.
  • Provide professional customer service to clients and the public.
  • Effectively respond to conflict situations and people in conflict.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations, and members of the community.
  • Six years of increasingly responsible relevant land use planning experience in a local government environment, including supervisory responsibilities.
  • Equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Urban Planning, or a related field.
  • Equivalent to a Master's Degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Urban Planning, or a related field, may substitute for two to three years of the required experience.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Colorado Driver's License.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).
  • Completion of Systematic Development of Informed Consent (SDIC) training is highly desirable. 

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