Planner 1

Town of Lyons

city planner

Job Title: Planner I
Salary: $28.80 – $37.80 per hour
Job Type: Full time, non-exempt
Location: Town Hall, 432 5th Ave., Lyons, CO
PLANNER I
Overview:
This position combines responsibilities from both the Planner I and Code Compliance roles, serving as a
crucial link between community development, historic preservation, and code enforcement in the Town
of Lyons.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Planning and Community Development:
• Implement town planning and development goals, including plan reviews and compliance
checks.
• Draft and implement current and long-range plans, studies, and reports.
• Coordinate community outreach and review of development projects.
• Collect and analyze data for reports and presentations to town officials and the public.
• Assist in evaluating rezoning, ordinance amendments, site plans, special use permits, variances,
and other proposals.
• Prepare and present detailed reports on development proposals, incorporating feedback from
stakeholders and commissions.
• Utilize GIS resources for mapping and data analysis to support planning initiatives.
• Collaborate with the Planning and Community Development Commission, other Lyons volunteer
commissions, and other stakeholders on planning projects.
• Stay informed about relevant state and federal regulations, grant opportunities, and best
practices in planning and development.
• Support historic preservation efforts and maintain Certified Local Government status.
Code Compliance:
• Investigate code violations and work for compliance with municipal codes, including land use,
zoning, sign codes, parking codes, nuisance abatements, golf car registration and rental licensing.
• Conduct site inspections to ensure compliance with approved landscape plans, photometric plans,
plot plans, and site plans.
• Respond to complaints, conduct inspections, collect evidence, and issue citations as necessary.
• Educate the public on municipal codes and community standards, working to resolve issues
professionally and efficiently.
• Maintain accurate records, prepare reports, and provide evidence for court cases.
Education & Experience:
• Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, architecture, public policy, or related field preferred. A
combination of equivalent education and related experience will be considered.
• Two years of relevant experience, including planning and municipal code compliance. Prior
experience with detailed documentation is preferred.
• Certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) or relevant professional
associations is desirable but not required.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Municipal Codes and Regulations: Deep understanding of applicable laws, town ordinances, state
statutes, and zoning regulations. Skilled in interpreting and explaining municipal codes,
ordinances, and regulations to diverse stakeholders.
• Planning and Development: Knowledge of urban planning principles, community development
strategies, and historic preservation practices. Familiarity with rezoning, ordinance amendments,
site plans, special use permits, and variances.
• GIS and Data Analysis: Proficiency in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for mapping, data
collection, and analysis. Ability to create graphic designs, render site plans, and utilize spatial data
for planning initiatives.
• Communication and Collaboration: Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to
communicate effectively with diverse groups, including residents, officials, stakeholders, and
commissions. Skilled in public speaking, conflict resolution, and facilitating community outreach
activities.
• Problem-Solving and Decision-Making: Strong analytical and critical thinking skills. Ability to solve
practical problems, interpret regulations, and make fair and consistent decisions. Capable of
handling complex situations and exercising good judgment independently.
• Technical Proficiency: Proficient in word processing, spreadsheet applications, GIS software,
social media platforms, and database management. Skilled in preparing detailed reports,
organizing data, and presenting information effectively.
• Collaboration and Teamwork: Ability to work independently and collaboratively within a team
environment. Experience working with various departments, commissions, and external agencies
to achieve planning and code enforcement goals.
• Flexibility and Adaptability: Willingness to work flexible hours, including evenings, weekends, and
holidays as required. Ability to adapt to changing priorities, handle multiple projects
simultaneously, and meet deadlines effectively.
• Continuous Learning: Commitment to staying informed about industry trends, best practices, and
regulatory changes related to planning, code enforcement, and community development.
Willingness to pursue certifications and professional development opportunities as needed.
Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, architecture, public policy, or related field preferred.
• Two years of relevant experience, including municipal code compliance, planning, or a
combination of both.
• Certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) or relevant professional
associations desirable.
• Knowledge of applicable laws, municipal codes, zoning regulations, and planning principles.
• Knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for mapping, data analysis, and site plan
rendering.
• Strong communication, organizational, and problem-solving skills.
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively within a team environment.
• Valid Colorado driver’s license and willingness to work flexible hours as needed.
• Commitment to continuous learning and staying informed about industry trends and best
practices.
Special Requirements:
• Must pass pre-employment drug testing and background checks.
• The Town of Lyons is a Drug Free Work Environment. This position may be subject to drug and
alcohol testing.
This combined role encompasses a wide range of responsibilities, from ensuring compliance with
regulations to fostering community development and preserving the town’s unique character.
Upon a contingent offer of employment, driving and background checks will be completed, along with
the required pre-employment drug testing.

To apply for this job please visit www.townoflyons.com.