Planner II – Floodplain and Shorelines
Chelan County Community Development 316 Washington Street Wenatchee, WA 98801
PW19 $ 5,102.37 - $5,625.36 / Monthly - Longevity Steps: $ 5,906.63 - $6,837.66 / Monthly
This position serves as one of the primary department interfaces with the public regarding floodplain and shoreline master plan regulations by assisting with the intake of floodplain and shoreline development permit applications, and initiating the review process related to floodplain and shoreline regulations for project applications. Performs specialized professional and technical work assisting in the development and implementation of the County's Floodplain Management Program and Shoreline Master Program (SMP); performs work of moderate difficulty, gathering, analyzing and interpreting National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) requirements; insures compliance with NFIP requirements and proactive participation in the community rating system (CRS) program; maintains compliance with County Floodplain and Shorelines Management regulations; assists in the development and implementation of other Floodplain and Shorelines Management related programs; implements program specific activities and assignments, coordinates with other County departments, develops and maintains community partnerships, and interacts with advisory boards, the public, and other organizations.
Implements the mission of the Department in order to assure orderly growth of the County and coordination of planning efforts in Urban Growth Areas. Undertakes and coordinates professional planning services for a broad range of planning activities involving: long range comprehensive planning, drafting of development regulations, processing of discretionary and ministerial development applications, collection and analysis of geographic/socioeconomic data, and providing public information about County planning policies, regulations and activities.
Serves as mid-level non-supervisory professional planner. Reports to Assistant Director or Building Official. Coordinates work with other staff when appropriate. Provides information to the public about County land use regulations and policies. Applies professional judgment to prepare recommendations on policy and regulatory issues to the Director, Assistant Director, and hearing bodies.
- A bachelor’s degree in planning, architecture, natural resources, hydrology, civil engineering, government administration or other closely related field.
- Three (3) years of professional planning related experience with either city or county government.
- Equivalent combination of education and experience to perform the essential functions of the position may be considered.
- Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) certification is encouraged for this position, but is not a prerequisite and must be obtained within 18 months after employment.Bi-lingual preferred.
- Must possess or obtain a valid Washington State Driver’s license within 90 days of employment.
- Training in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) with a possession of a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) certificate; and three (2) years of professional level experience in the assigned field of floodplain management.
- A Master’s degree in urban planning, civil engineering, construction management, geography, hydrology, natural resources, public policy, or a related field of study.
- Five (5) years of private or public sector experience in a comparable position with a city or county government.
Duties and Responsibilities
Depending upon assignment, the incumbent may perform a combination of some or all of the following duties, which are representative sample of the level of work appropriate to this classification.
- Assists the public with general and technical information related to floodplain and shoreline permits; when necessary, directs technical questions to appropriate staff. Accepts and reviews floodplain and shoreline permit applications, issues floodplain and shoreline development permits, and assists in maintaining department records. Strong, adaptable abilities in communication, tact, and diplomacy are essential to the successful performance of duties.
- Assists the public with general and technical information and assistance related to floodplain and shoreline permits, requirements, and procedures located in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA).
- Provides information related to the Base Flood Elevation and answer general questions about floodplain and shoreline/floodway boundaries.
- Review elevation certificates for completeness, deficiencies, and accuracy.
- Prepares floodplain and shoreline development permits for issuance.
- Educate community members and local officials about floodplain and shoreline management.
- Prepares quarterly and annual FEMA NFIP floodplain and Shoreline reports.
- Oversees, plans, organizes and reviews and Floodplain and Shoreline Management and Shoreline Master Program administration and implementation.
- Provides information to the general public, permit applicants, and public officials – over the telephone, at the counter, through e-mail, through mail, and at meetings – regarding the County’s land use regulations and policies.
- Serve as a project manager of a wide variety of development applications requiring discretionary County approval, for example: land use permits, shoreline permits, Planned Developments and subdivisions, including some complex and controversial projects.
- Reviews proposals for compliance with zoning and related regulations and comprehensive plan policies, coordinates with other departments and, prepares written staff reports, and makes recommendations to decision makers.
- Reviews development proposals and planning projects for compliance with the State Environmental Policy Act.
- Performs technical review of building and other ministerial development permits to ensure compliance with zoning and related development regulations, comprehensive plan policies, and conditions of approval for prior discretionary development permits.
- Conducts research, prepares options, makes recommendations, and drafts proposed amendments to planning and regulatory documents such as: The Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Code, Shoreline Master Program, Subdivision Ordinance, and Chelan County Code.
- Develops and implements public involvement programs.
- May manage demographic data and geographic information systems.
- Represents the Department at public meetings hosted by the County, Community Councils, developers, and civic groups.
- Prepares and delivers public presentations of staff reports at public meetings and hearings before the Board of County Commissioners, Planning Commission, Hearing Examiner and other hearing bodies.
- Works with individuals and interest groups to facilitate decision making on issues pertaining to development permits and planning projects.
- Prepares legal documents associated with development permits. Monitors maintenance and performance securities, including wetland mitigation and landscaping.
- Maintain regular attendance and punctuality.
- Performs research tasks as assigned.
- Creates and/or revises administrative procedures to implement changes to policies and codes.
- Works with other members of the Department in collaborative problem solving and completion of tasks.
- May assist Code Enforcement Officer in performance of his/her duties.
- Represents the department on interdepartmental service teams and technical groups.
- Collects and analyzes demographic, land use, and related data. May manage automated mapping, database, and geographic information systems.
- May assist the Director and Assistant Director in the preparation of budget requests for planning projects.
- May assist the Assistant Director in the preparation of applications for grants.
- May serve the County in a support role in the event of an emergency or disaster.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Thorough knowledge of planning practices and land use codes
- Advanced knowledge of one or more planning issues such as: rural planning, site design, agricultural issues, transportation, housing, natural resources, economic development, computerized information systems, comprehensive planning, and land use regulation.
- Growth Management Act, SEPA, Shoreline Management Act and other State land use laws
- Serving as the primary Community Development Department point of contact with FEMA, local, state, and federal agencies involved in floodplain and shoreline and shoreline management and/or floodplain and shoreline development review.
- Maintaining all Community Development Department files, documents, reports, and other materials related to floodplain and shoreline programs, policies, regulations, and development.
- Discussion of floodplain and shoreline issues and development regulations with the public, property owners, developers, land surveyors, elected officials, and others. This includes both serving as a specific resource on development projects and promoting a general awareness of floodplain and shoreline issues and resources.
- Applying floodplain and shoreline regulations to development proposals, communicating applicable regulations and options to developers and property owners, and documenting approvals and determinations.
- Documentation and application of all FEMA regulation updates, FEMA (CAV) Community Action Visits, floodplain and shoreline-related determinations, and approvals.
- Provide assistance for the periodic review and update of local floodplain and shoreline development regulations, including the necessary coordination with FEMA.
- Consultation and coordination with County Public Works engineers, Building and Planning departments on matters relevant for floodplain and shoreline management.
- Participation as appropriate in new floodplain and shoreline related projects, including County efforts to manage flood risk and prepare for and respond to flood events.
- Representation of the County, and/or Community Development Department as a liaison to one or more planning and/or floodplain and shoreline -related interest groups. Principles and practices of research and data collection of land use information
- Statistical, algebraic, or geometric knowledge and ability to apply such knowledge in practical situation
- Oral communication and interpersonal skills to explain rules and procedures clearly and concisely to the public, elected officials, and stakeholders with tact and confidence
- Creative problem-solving skills to gather relevant information to solve vaguely defined practical problems
- Effective written and oral communications
- Highly proficient in public relations and interpersonal communications and meeting facilitation
- Computer and equipment operations necessary to the functions of the position including the use of a variety of software programs such as Windows, MS Office (inclusive of Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint), and ESRI GIS viewing products
- Being flexible and adaptable to changing priorities
- Ability to work independently
- Ability to work well with peers
- Ability to follow direction of superiors
- Ability to analyze code and apply the provisions
- Ability to be flexible to changing priorities
- Ability to organize and carryout the work program for complex long-range planning projects
- Ability to communicate clearly both in writing and verbally, including the ability to make public presentations before hearing bodies, working groups, and diverse groups of participants
- Ability to manage projects utilizing consultants, including assisting the Director and/or Assistant Director with RFQ development and consultant selection, scope of work development, developing contracts, and tracking and managing those contracts for complex long-range planning and code development projects
- Ability to organize and prioritize workload
- Ability to negotiate solutions and facilitate consensus on planning issues
- Ability to operate personal computer programs, including those involving word processing, spreadsheets, presentation graphics, project management, and permit tracking
- Ability to read and understand maps, architectural plans, and ability to use architect’s and engineer’s scales and perform mathematical calculations
- Ability to perform site visits on varied terrain and conditions required
- Respectful, courteous, and friendly to customers, other County employees, and County leadership; demonstrates and maintains honest and ethical behavior. Develops and maintains a positive working relationship with peers and management
- A team player that helps the organization meet its objectives; takes initiative to meet department and county goals
- Effectively communicates with customers, other County employees, and external agencies. Positively represents the County, maintaining the trust County residents have placed in each of us
- Duties are performed primarily in an office environment and public settings, but do include outside inspections subjecting this position to a variety of weather and driving conditions
- Work is mostly performed independently but does include small and large group settings
- Demands of managing multiple activities, addressing citizen needs and meeting established timeframes for work performance may cause stressful situations
- Work under pressures and under high liability exposure
- Position requires appropriate attire and image, projecting a professional presence
- Occasional evening meetings are a required part of this position
- Out-of-town travel and a non-traditional work schedule may be required, at the sole discretion of the County
In addition to a competitive starting salary range, Chelan County employees also enjoy outstanding benefits which include medical and dental coverage, 12 holidays and initial vacation leave accrual of 12 days (plus anniversary bonuses), 12 days of sick leave, $150 monthly contribution to Voluntary Employee Benefit Account (VEBA), Washington State Public Employee's Retirement System, and Deferred Compensation.
Position open until filled - first review of applications May 15, 2021
To apply - Please submit cover letter, resume and Chelan County application https://www.co.chelan.wa.us/files/human-resources/HR%20New%20CHELAN%20APPLICATION%20Nov%202020.docx
Chelan County Human Resources
400 Douglas Street, #201
Wenatchee, WA 98801
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