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Posted: 01/27/2017

City & County of San Francisco
San Francisco Planning Department

The San Francisco Planning Department plays a central role in guiding the growth and development in our City. The Department works with other City agencies and the community to help achieve great planning for a great city. Our mission, under the direction of the Planning Commission, shapes the future of San Francisco and region by: generating an extraordinary vision for the General Plan and in neighborhood plans; fostering exemplary design through planning controls; improving our surroundings through environmental analysis; preserving our unique heritage; encouraging a broad range of housing and a diverse job base; and enforcing the Planning Code. The Department serves a broad range of constituents, including the citizens of San Francisco, community organizations, elected and appointed policymakers, builders, architects, property owners, tenants, and advocacy groups. All rely on the City's General Plan and the Planning Code to achieve the City's development goals. This is an opportunity to work in a dynamic, inter-disciplinary, and innovative department and share in our vision to make San Francisco the worlds’ most livable urban place – environmentally, economically, socially and culturally.

Preservation Technical Specialist, Information Services Planner III
Professional Opportunity
San Francisco, CA
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The Planning Department has one (1) 5291 Preservation Technical Specialist, Information Services Planner III opening in our Current Planning Division.

The Preservation Technical Specialist, Information Services Planner III, under general supervision, performs difficult and complex planning work in the areas of land use, zoning, development, urban design, and housing; provide general and specific planning information in a professional and courteous manner regarding land-use designations and Departmental policies and procedures, assist with Planning Code compliance requests from other City Departments and State agencies, distribute documents and applications, perform intake of plans and application submittals, and approval of some application and plans for over-the-counter permits.  As the Preservation Technical Specialist, this positon also reviews discretionary permits and case applications in conformance with the Citys long-range planning and policy goals, as regulated by Articles 10 and 11 of the Planning Code.

Essential duties, but are not limited to:

  • Processing land use applications; conducting limited environmental reviews and/or coordinating environmental review processes;
  • Reviewing of building permit applications that entail the alteration of historical resources for compliance with the Planning Code, the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA);
  • Reviewing of land use applications such as Certificate of Appropriateness, Permits to Alter, Landmark Designations, Environmental Review Evaluations, Mills Act contracts;
  • Reviewing of cases associated with San Franciscos role as a Certified Local Government (CLG), such as Section 106 review;
  • Assisting the public with the public computers, redirecting them to other agencies or departments for answers, if needed, and as necessary, following up by phone or email;
  • Preparing or assisting in the preparation of reports and planning studies; and 
  • Performing other related duties as required. 

In addition, the core work of this position is providing information directly to the public at the Planning Information Center (PIC), as well as by phone, email and correspondence.  The PIC serves the general public as the primary access point to planning information and services.  This position typically works 1-2 shifts per day at the PIC.

Essential duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Answering questions about all aspects of the Planning Department activities, including but not limited to Planning Code regulations, the General Plan, the Planning Commission, the Historic Preservation Commission, and other planning activities policies and procedures of the Department; and
  • Providing staff trainings and guidance to other planners regarding PIC activities, planning policies and procedures, and various topics related to providing technical advice to the general public.

How to apply
For complete information about the position and to apply, visit: https://www.jobaps.com/SF/sup/bulpreview.asp?R1=TPV&R2=5291&R3=074120
Michael Eng
Phone: 415-575-9143
Fax: 415-558-6409
1650 Mission Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94102

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