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Posted: 12/01/2017

City and County of Denver
Community Planning and Development

The secret is out: Denver is the nation's top place to live, work, and play. Being the best place to live isn't easy; maintaining such a reputation means we need the best people working for the residents of Denver. People who want to make a difference; people who want to give back; people who want to be at the heart of this city and have a hand in creating our future. When you join us, you will employ your unique skills to do important and meaningful work critical to the success of both your organization and the city as a whole. Be a part of the city that you love. Where Denver Works. Denver's Community Planning and Department is seeking a highly motivated, creative and accomplished design related professional with expertise in historic preservation planning and historic design review to join our growing Planning Services Division. Primary duties will include, but are not limited to, assisting and guiding applicants submitting projects through the city's historic design and demolition review processes, reviewing applications for Certificates of Appropriateness in accordance with adopted design guidelines and policies, preparing staff reports and making staff presentations before the Landmark Preservation Commission and the Lower Downtown Design Review Board, promoting the landmark preservation program through public outreach initiatives and engagement, and providing general historic preservation expertise for other planning initiatives and policies. At Community Planning and Development we envision, enable and ensure a better Denver. Denver's Community Planning and Development Department is responsible for visionary city planning and ensuring safe, responsible, and sustainable development. Community Planning and Development plays a role in growing our world-class city, while keeping its beloved features intact. From the skyscrapers of the central business district; to the walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods of Stapleton; to the charming Victorian effects of the Baker district, the staff at Community Planning and Development works to make Denver a great place to live, work and play. The Department's three primary functions are planning, permitting and inspections. Learn more about how we're BUILDING COMMUNITY at www.DenverGov.org/CPD and www.DenverGov.org/DS

Senior City Planner – Landmark Preservation
48415 23456A
Professional Opportunity
Denver, CO

About Our Job


The Senior City Planner Landmark Preservation will focus on policy and regulatory work, as well as design review and demolition review for the Landmark work program.  This includes the following activities:
  • Collaborates with the Principal City Planner for Landmark Preservation on complex regulatory improvements such as the Landmark Preservation Ordinance, Landmark Design Guidelines, design review policies and integration with the Denver Zoning Code.
  • Assists citizens' and owners' efforts to designate historic properties as Denver Landmarks and local historic districts. We also review nominations for listing Denver properties on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Documents and researches the city's built heritage for the Discover Denver program to convey information to the public on our past and to encourage preservation of valued historic buildings and areas.
  • 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 53 historic districts and for 336 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 making 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 state historic preservation tax credits applications, helping to evaluate and develop city landmark preservation processes, policies and procedures, assisting with the development and promotion of public education programs related to landmark preservation and providing expertise and input on a wide range of city planning studies and initiatives.


About You

Our ideal candidate has:

  • Master's Degree in Historic Preservation
  • Three years of professional experience in historic preservation 
  • Professional experience in developing and implementing policies, procedures and design guidelines related to historic properties and districts.
  • This position should have 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.
  • 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 and evaluating the integrity and significance of historic sites.
  • Skill in applying design guidelines and standards to a wide variety and complexity of project types.
  • Knowledge and skill in researching historic properties and applying designation criteria to evaluate historic significance and eligibility for designation.
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How to apply
Please apply online at denvergov.org/jobs.
Christina Hadera
Phone: 720-913-5734
201 West Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80202

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