Lead Planner

Employer: City of Ocean Shores
Job Title: Lead Planner
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Ocean Shores, WA
Opening Date: 07/22/2019
Closing Date: 08/07/2019
Salary: $5,299-$6,498 per month

Job Description: The City of Ocean Shores is seeking highly motivated and qualified candidates for the position of Lead Planner. The Lead Planner is responsible for implementing the mission of the Public Works Department by assuring the orderly growth of the City. The position is responsible for comprehensive land use planning, design review, and evaluating any potential environmental impact through the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) process.

Job Duties:


  • The Lead Planner coordinates with planning staff to ensure code compliance, environmental stewardship, technical completeness, and contract compliance.
  • Works with applicants to review site development plans, safeguards compliance with applicable regulations, and produces alternatives to meet the city’s and applicant’s objectives.
  • Secures compliance with zoning ordinances, ability to apply the Shoreline Management Act (SMA) and the Comprehensive Plan as needed.
  • Possesses a high degree of familiarity with land use applications: (Conditional Use Permits (CUPs), subdivisions, short plats, rezones); and GIS mapping coordination.
  • Schedules projects proposed for review in a timely manner and coordinates reviews with staff and other bodies such as the Planning Commission, Hearing Examiner, State agencies, and/or City Council.
  • Makes recommendations for the Planning Commission. Supervises schedules and prepares agendas for Commission meetings. Holds public meetings or hearings related to projects, including public notices, press releases, and communications with affected property owners in compliance with adopted procedures.
  • Arranges site visits and meeting logistics as required. Attends meetings and makes oral presentations of proposals. Presents project concepts, and/or alternatives to various internal or external groups for advice, consensus, and approval. Responds to public and media inquiries and complaints to ensure public awareness of proposed project plans.
  • Prepares, files and maintains both paper and on-line computerized records throughout the life of a project. Ensures adequate project history for compliance with a variety of federal, state and local regulations and provides base information to update existing records and map systems.
  • Maintains a history of commission proceedings, including agendas, minutes, etc. in accordance with state records retention regulations.


Qualifications include:

  • A minimum of 3 years of progressive experience in municipal government in applying and interpreting environmental policies and regulations; 
  • Education equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in urban planning or related field;
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to make immediate decisions. Must be able to analyze and diagnose problems as well as research and interpret codes, regulations, plans and specs, legal descriptions, and various governmental documents.
  • Must have a valid Washington State Driver’s License with a driving record acceptable to the City’s insurance carrier.
  • Must be able to pass a background.

How to Apply: For a complete job description and required application materials, visit www.osgov.com or contact [email protected].

Please submit:

  1. Completed application
  2. Resume
  3. Cover letter to City Hall no later than 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, in one of the following ways:
    • In-Person: 585 Pt. Brown Ave. NW, Ocean Shores, WA
    • By Mail: P.O. Box 909, Ocean Shores, WA 98569
    • By Email: [email protected]
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