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Posted: 07/20/2016

City and County of Denver
Community Planning & Development

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Senior City Planner - Historic Preservation
Job Number 56365 14628
Professional Opportunity
Denver, CO
$67,252.00 - $107,603.00 Annually
Open Until
Until Filled

Job Responsibilities

The Senior City Planner Historic Preservation will focus on the design review and demolition review of the Landmark work program.  This includes the following activities:

  • Reviews a wide range of proposed projects in historic districts and for designated landmark sites using adopted landmark preservation design guidelines and policies. This includes reviewing applications for signs, additions, alterations, and infill construction, including complex and multi-faceted projects in 52 historic districts and for approximately 300 designated landmarks citywide.


  • Reviews and researches demolition permits and Certificates of Non-Historic Status in order to determine designation potential before approvals can be issued.


  • Provides seamless and high quality customer service to help applicants navigate the landmark preservation design review and demolition review processes, assisting property owners, architects and contractors at the initial pre-application phase of a project, and providing guidance to applicants on how to develop projects that meet landmark preservation program and ordinance requirements. 


  • Coordinates with other city staff to help applicants resolve overlapping development issues related to zoning, building code and other city development requirements.  


  • Issuing staff reports and presentations to the Landmark Preservation Commission and Lower Downtown Design Review Board review. 


  • Making site visits for specific projects, and coordinating with interested parties and stakeholders, including neighborhood design review committees, as needed throughout the design review process.


  • Participates in other aspects of the landmark preservation program as needed.  This may include providing team support for: designation applications, state historic preservation tax credits applications; help evaluate and develop city landmark preservation processes, policies and procedures; to develop and promote public education programs related to landmark preservation; and to provide expertise and input on a wide range of city planning studies and initiatives.



Education Requirement:

Master's Degree in City or Regional Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Engineering, Historic Preservation or a directly related degree.

Experience Requirement:

Three years of professional experience in city or regional planning. 
Highly desired is three years of professional experience in developing and implementing policies, procedures and design guidelines related to historic properties and districts.
This position requires demonstrated knowledge and use of the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and experience performing design review for designated historic properties and districts, prior experience working on an interdisciplinary team, and demonstrated experience working with a wide range of stakeholders on complex multi-faceted projects with tight time deadlines.
Preferred Qualifications:

  • Expertise in project management,
  • Excellent writing, public speaking and broad communication skills,
  • Knowledge of architectural history, construction materials and techniques,
  • Skill in reading architectural drawings,
  • Skill in visually identifying potential landmark properties a

How to apply
Please submit applications to http://www.denvergov.org/jobs
Phone: 720-913-5664
City and County
201 W. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80202

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