Established: 11/94
Revised: 12/07
Archived: 7/12
Reactivated and Revised: 2/17 FLSA: Exempt
EEO: 1



Under direction, to assist in the management of the current and long range planning program and the septic and onsite waste water program to ensure the programs continue to comply with local, regional, and statewide laws; to provide staff assistance to and maintain close working relationships with the Board of County Commissioners, the Planning Commission, review boards, advisory committees, other County departments, outside agencies, and community members; to delegate considerable authority for the performance of technical and administrative activities but retains responsibility for results obtained; and to do other work as required.


The Planning and Zoning Division within the Department of Transportation and Development provides services for processing land use, building, and septic permit applications for compliance with the Clackamas County Zoning and Development Ordinance and applicable state and federal laws. The long range planning services address the future planning needs of the community through updates to the Comprehensive Plan, County Code, and other special projects. Services provided by the septic and onsite waste water program include evaluating proposed sites for on-site sewage disposal and inspecting newly constructed, existing or failing on-site sewage disposal systems consistent with DEQ codes and County ordinances, and conducting field inspections of same as necessary.

The Planning Manager oversees the work of Division staff involved in land use planning, zoning, natural resources, air and water quality, development review, historical and design review, neighborhood and community planning, facility planning, community planning organizations, and the septic and onsite waste water program. The incumbent acts as the Planning Director in his/her absence.

The Planning Manager differs from the Planning Director which has overall responsibility for the Planning and Zoning Division and represents the County in major policy making at state and regional levels regarding land use planning. The Planning Manager works under and reports to the Planning Director.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Supervises and participates in the development and implementation of current and long range planning; supervises the research and preparation of recommendations on proposed developments, permit processing activities, and report writing related to planning activities within the county; participates in the development and implementation of revisions to the County’s comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance; represents the division on current and long range planning matters before the Board of County Commissioners, Planning Commission, and other decision making bodies or community advisory groups; coordinates the development review activities with other divisions of the County and agency partners to ensure input is obtained regarding long-range and current planning activities.
  2. Directs the scheduling of public hearings and meetings and the preparation of notification materials relative to land use and zoning; ensures timely actions and accurate information including recruitment of Commission and Committee members (Planning Commission, Design Review, and Historic Review) and Hearing officers; reviews and interprets legal standards, rule changes, and new regulations affecting land use and zoning in the County.
  3. Assists the Planning Director with hiring, supporting, coordinating, and supervising the work of Division staff; prepares performance evaluations; recommends and administers progressive discipline; conducts or facilitates staff training and development programs; provides day-to-day leadership and working with staff to ensure the highest level of service to the public is provided and promotes cooperative team efforts among staff with other County departments; provides assistance to Division staff with work load management, facilitation, and assigning specific tasks and projects, identifying needed resources, creative problem solving, customer service assistance and conflict resolution, agency coordination, permit review, technical code interpretations, septic system design, and report review.
  4. Participates with the Planning Director in developing and monitoring Division programs and policies, work plans, and budgets; ensures projects are completed within time and budget limitations; assists with the implementation of Clackamas County’s Strategic Plan and Performance Measures; advises the Planning Director on the progress of the current planning program, community development issues, and the status of land use development review issues.
  5. Manages public involvement in the planning process; provides assistance to the public regarding requirements for land development and providing complaint resolution on any aspect of county planning and development; makes public presentations and facilitates public meetings.
  6. Develops, prepares and negotiates intergovernmental agreements to cities, special district and other agencies.
  7. Represents the County on regional and state committees, task forces and organizations.
  8. Manages specific complex, highly visible, sensitive and/or controversial projects as necessary.


Thorough knowledge of: Principles, practices, and methodologies of current and long range planning and state land use laws; the principles and practices budgeting, management, and supervision, the techniques of planning research and municipal and regional procedures involved in community planning work; and demographics and analytical methods.

Skill to: Plan, organize, train and oversee the work of staff; direct staff in continuous efforts to improve quality, productivity and effectiveness; incorporate team participation in decision making; respond to changes desired by citizens and County staff; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; prepare and deliver oral presentations; organize and conduct comprehensive research studies; analyze, interpret, and make recommendations on complex data, laws, and regulations; successful management of multifaceted, controversial land use projects; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with the public, other County personnel, special interest groups, elected officials and other public and private agencies; effectively represent County interests before other governmental agencies; effectively represent County interests before other governmental agencies; public meeting facilitation; excellent customer service; creative citizen involvement techniques and processes; effective time management; and organizational leadership and mentoring.


Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.


Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skills.

Edited: 02/17