Associate Planner - Urban Planning

City of Iowa City

Iowa City, IA United States

Associate Planner


Iowa City, IA United States


The City of Iowa City, Iowa invites applications for an Associate Planner position with the Urban Planning team of the Development Services Division. Under the supervision of the Senior Planner, this position performs a wide variety of technical office and field duties related to planning including development reviews, staff support to Boards and Commissions, researching issues, and assisting the public by answering questions. 

Iowa City is an exceptional place to live and work.  With accelerating population growth and demonstrated development investment, Iowa City expects to update various comprehensive plans over the next 3-5 years as well as develop innovative tools and approaches to implement them in an inclusive, just and sustainable way.  The City continues to make a significant commitment to affordable housing with a planned $1 million general fund contribution and significant funding to non-profits to support housing choices.  Iowa city also plans to aggressively pursue climate action and adaptation efforts setting the table to become a national leader. 

The ideal candidate for this position will be an individual that is curious, creative, and capable of working in a dynamic customer-focused, deadline driven environment that is significantly influenced by public involvement. 

Essential Functions:

The Associate Planner performs a wide variety of land use-related administrative functions, including:

  • Providing customer service regarding a wide variety of development related issues through front-counter, phone and on-site assistance; including interpretation of codes, ordinances, and regulations.
  • Processing development permit applications including, but not limited to applications for floodplain development, grading, construction site runoff, and building permits in form-based code districts.
  • Reviewing, researching and evaluating planning and development projects such as rezoning applications, subdivision plats, development site plans, design review plans, and text amendments.
  • Ensuring compliance with all state and city procedural requirements for floodplain development.
  • Maintaining the City’s National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System.
  • Preparing staff reports for Boards and Commissions, as assigned, making findings and conditions of approval.
  • Attending Board and Commission meetings and other meetings as needed.
  • Performing research and data collection and preparing reports on a variety of relevant topics including code amendments; maintaining records, logs and other databases related to various topics and department activity.

Knowledge and Skills:

Working knowledge of principles and practices of land use planning and/or environmental planning such as conservation biology, geology, hydrology and ecology.


Knowledge of development process and local government operations including zoning, site planning, construction site runoff control, and/or subdivision regulations.


Familiarity with GIS mapping, and the ability to read interpret site, infrastructure and construction plans, legal documents, and engineering drawings.


Ability to communicate well both orally and in writing and maintain effective working relations with other employees and the public.


Minimum Qualifications:

A Bachelor's degree in urban planning or in a related field such as environmental studies, environmental engineering, civil engineering, environmental science, or conservation biology from an educational institution accredited by a DOE recognized accreditation body required. One year of experience in urban planning required. 


A Master’s degree from an educational institution accredited by a DOE recognized accreditation body may substitute for experience requirement.


A more complete job description is available online at



A Master's degree from an educational institution accredited by a DOE recognized accreditation body and three years of experience preferred.

Education or experience with form-based codes or experience in land use planning or code enforcement involving environmental regulations, zoning and site plan review preferred.  Professional certifications such as certifications in erosion and sediment control and certified floodplain manager or the ability to obtain certifications within eighteen months of hire also desired.


Deadline for application is Friday, September 24, 2021

One permanent full time position available

Full salary range: $64,792,00 – $81,556.80

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm

Experience Level
Entry (0-1 year)
AICP Level
Land Use and Development Regulation and Zoning
Salary Range
$64,792,00 – $81,556.80

Contact Information

410 E Washington St
Iowa City, IA
United States
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