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🔗Planner I/II – Historic Preservation

  • Full Time
  • Aspen, Colorado
  • $63,392 - $103,646 USD / Year
  • April 14, 2023
  • Department: Planning and Development
  • Job Qualifications:

    Education:  Bachelor’s degree in land use planning, architecture, urban design, public administration, historic preservation, or a related field.


    Planner I: One year of professional experience in a relevant setting sufficient to demonstrate success in Planner I position.

    Planner II:  Three years of professional experience in municipal, county, or private sector planning.  (Master’s degree may be substituted for two years of experience).

    Preferred Candidate: Master’s Degree in historic preservation, land use planning or related field, AICP certification or ability to obtain certification within one year of employment, and/or experience in a destination tourism-based community.

    Technical Knowledge: Must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook (Email), and a basic understanding of computers and online computer-based technology applications, which includes accessing web-based platforms. Graphic Design skills desirable.

    Licenses & Certifications: Must possess a valid Colorado Driver’s License or be able to obtain one within 30 days of start date.

    NOTE: Any combination of experience and education that would likely provide the required abilities, knowledge, and skills as determined by the City of Aspen may be substituted for the requirements above.

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  • Job benefits: Health, Dental, Retirement, Life Insurance, Paid Time Off
  • Contact Name: Ross Hastings
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Website City of Aspen

Distinguishing Characteristics:
Planner I: Performs entry level planning work. Is distinguished from Planner II by working on cases with reduced complexity, such as minor land use cases. Assists more senior level staff members on cases with higher complexity. Level I is intended to provide the opportunity for professional development and on-the-job training in planning.

Planner II: Performs intermediate/journey level professional planning work. Performs full intermediate-level caseload support in cases with higher complexity, such as multi-step reviews.  Incumbents at this level demonstrate ongoing professional development in complex cases and skill in working with senior level staff on projects as assigned.

Essential Job Functions:

Customer Service and Records Keeping

Serves in the Planner of the Day rotation, providing customer service to the public in person and by phone by answering technical questions related to land use code, official zone district map, and departmental procedures. Advises public on processes and regulations, handles pre-application conferences, reviews applications for completeness and substantive content. Confers with applicants and the public to explain, interpret, and discuss regulations, plans, and polices as they relate to proposed development and provides verbal and written communication as needed. Maintains records and files for data tracking purposes according to departmental procedures.
Building Permit Review and Field Supervision

Reviews all permits submitted following a land use approval to which the Planner served as staff and other permits affecting properties within HPC’s purview as assigned. Supervises construction, including periodically observing the project from the street and formally meeting with contractor onsite. Advises property owners and builders of historic properties on historic preservation best practices. Manages requests for in the field changes, coordinating additional HPC approval when needed.
Enforcement of Historic Preservation Ordinance

Assists in actions taken to address unpermitted alterations or Demolition by Neglect affecting historic properties. Coordinates enforcement work with other City departments and the City Attorney’s Office.
Current Planning

Performs professional level planning work according to designated level, including participating in zoning support and special planning projects, such as long-range planning.  Primarily processes land use cases under the purview of the Historic Preservation Commission.  Assists senior level staff as backup to major land use cases according to designated level.
Reviews and analyzes land use applications, written application materials, and other application documents for consistency with applicable provisions of the City’s Land Use Code and Comprehensive Plans. Determines sufficiency of applications for completeness and content. Formulates recommendations and prepares staff reports for assigned land use cases. Researches historical records and matters pertinent to land use applications. Coordinates referral agencies through the Development Review Committee (DRC) to facilitate timely, complete, and accurate comments. Confers with Zoning and Engineering staff to ensure compliance with code, conditions of approval, and representations of the applicant. Presents staff reports to appointed boards, citizen groups, and elected officials through written communication and oral presentations at public meetings. Conducts site visits with applicants, appointed and elected officials.

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