Note: This is a limited position with an anticipated end date of December 31st, 2026, with the potential to be extended or become unlimited.
Are you a professional planner with climate and resiliency planning and development regulation experience and an aptitude for multi-faceted project management? Do you have a passion for sustainability and are looking to use your land use planning experience and climate change expertise to make a meaningful impact on city plans and development regulations? If so, we have an extremely unique and exciting opportunity for you! The City and County of Denver’s Community Planning and Development (CPD) Department is seeking a Principal City Planner (Climate and Land Use Planning) to align our land use plans and zoning regulations to advance Denver’s vision to be a thriving, sustainable city that is connected to nature. In this position, you will have a leading role on land use planning and zoning to mitigate urban heat islands, adapt to climate change, and increase our resiliency in the face of extreme weather, especially through improved landscape regulations. We offer excellent work/life balance, unmatched benefits, and a pension plan for life! Apply today!
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As a Principal City Planner (Climate and Land Use Planning), you will play a prominent role in leading efforts connecting land use and climate change for all of Planning Services, with a focus on regulatory changes. Planning Services leads the long-range planning and plan implementation for Denver. The position is on the Regulatory Planning Team and will focus, at least in the first 1-2 years, on zoning code amendments and other regulatory tools to advance the city’s climate-related goals. In this position, you will build upon our adopted plans and established climate goals to develop clear priorities for planning and implementation, work with others in Planning Services to shape our work program, lead complex planning and regulatory projects focused on climate goals, and serve as a climate subject matter expert for multiple projects and initiatives including zoning code amendments and neighborhood plans.
Schedule: Hybrid, at least 3 days a week in office. 9/80 flex option after completion of probation. Occasional attendance of evening meetings (City Council meetings, etc.).
Key responsibilities include:
Initially, this position is not expected to directly supervise staff. In the future it is possible that this principal city planner could supervise one or two planners on complex projects.
We value diverse perspectives and encourage candidates to apply even if you don’t have all the desired skills. If you meet the minimum requirements and have a passion for the work, we encourage you to apply and to consider joining our team!
The ideal candidate will have:
We realize your time is valuable so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following required minimum qualifications:
To be considered for this position, you must include the following on your job application (upload the attachment(s) to the Resume/CV section on the My Experience tab):
CE2159 City Planner Principal
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Limited (Fixed Term)
Position Salary Range
$86,801.00 – $143,222.00
$100,000-115,000/year, based on education and experience
Community Planning & Development
Denver, Colorado, United States