In this position, you will perform planning duties in support of the City’s redevelopment and land use entitlement programs while ensuring compliance with professional standards and regulations. With the thriving economic conditions of the Pikes Peak Region, the City of Colorado Springs is experiencing a high pace of development and this position will participate in a higher volume of project management for active entitlements as well as special project assignments.  The City is excited to be on the cusp of introducing a new Unified Development Code which will continue to shape our growing community.

Essential Job Functions– the basic job duties an employee must be able to perform:

  • Review land use applications, verify for code compliance, and process for distribution
  • Manage public notification requirements; write technical review letters
  • Present project proposals at public hearings before the Planning Commission, Downtown Review Board, and/or City Council
  • Perform planner-in-charge desk duties; respond to customer inquiries regarding planning, zoning, and land use regulations
  • Review and process building permits for commercial and multi-family projects Coordinate activities and projects with other divisions, outside agencies, and the public; provide assistance to department staff

We are looking for candidates who demonstrate: 
Knowledge of:

  • Methods and techniques of land use planning, zoning, and development Principles and practices of effective project management
  • Urban design and placement making concepts
  • Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations Modern office technology
  • Geographic Information System (GIS) and project management systems

Ability to:

  • Prioritize, organize, and manage multiple projects Write letters and reports for public presentation
  • Handle stressful and negative interactions tactfully; handle aggressive interpersonal interactions professionally
  • Consider different points of view to reach an agreement; utilize elements of persuasion to gain cooperation and the acceptance of ideas
  • Read and understand legal descriptions of property Evaluate and resolve complex planning issues

Successful candidates will have:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in planning, geography, public administration, landscape architecture, architecture, or a related field.
  • Three years of full-time experience in planning, civil engineering, development review facilitation, landscape architecture, architecture, urban design or a related field. (Note: Planning is defined as urban, regional, land use, and/or comprehensive long-range planning working with or for a municipal government.

One (1) year of the appropriate type and level of experience may be substituted for each required year of post-high school education.
Additional appropriate education may be substituted for the minimum experience requirements.

Ideal candidates will also have:

  • A master’s degree or higher in planning, geography, architecture, public administration or related field
  • AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners) certification, this is preferred not required
  • Experience with GIS (Geographic Information System)

Additional Information

The City of Colorado Springs offers additional compensation depending on the position, area of assignment, and specific job assignments including: shift differential, pay differential, acting or lead, special assignment, hazard pay, longevity, cell phone allowance, uniform allowance, relocation, awards, standby, call out, compensatory time off, tuition, overtime, extra duty, incentive, holiday premium, proficiency, and vacation sell back.

NOTE: This job announcement is not intended to include a complete listing of all responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with the position.

The City does not sponsor applicants for work visas. If hired, you will be required to provide proof of your eligibility to work in the United States.
Apply to Join Our Team

  • Please visit Colorado Springs Jobs and click on ‘Apply for a City Career’ > ‘City Career Postings – Apply Now’ button to complete an online application. All job applicants will need to create a new login and online application (unless you already have a NEOGOV/governmentjobs.com user ID and password).
  • Completing your application in full, including the entire work experience section, will assist Human Resources (HR) in the applicant screening process. Your application may not be considered if all of the information requested for each employer you list is not provided.
  • Our NEOGOV application system does not allow you to edit your application after it has been submitted for a position. If you want to make changes, you may submit another application prior to the position’s closing date and time listed in the job posting. HR will review the last application you submit for a position.

To view the City’s job classifications, including physical demands and descriptions Click Here To view the status of your application Click Here