Planner III-Urban Design (West)

City of Detroit Detroit, MI


The Planning and Development Department is seeking to fill a new Planner III (Urban Design) position:

The Planner III (Urban Design) is an experienced level professional located within the Planning and Design Division of the Planning and Development Department who requires minimal direction and supervision. A Planner III primarily serves to engage with local leaders in an effort to assist the City in creating a participatory model of urban planning, design, and development services that encourage population growth within the City and ensure that every neighborhood has a future. A Planner III may have cross-education or experience in two of three professional areas: urban design, architecture (including landscape architecture), and/or planning, which may include historic preservation, zoning, and long-range strategic land use planning. Planners are responsible for the City's planning assignments and provide professional advice and technical expertise that promotes well-designed physical, social, economic, and environmentally healthy development within the City. Planners also manage complex planning studies and development applications, and review consultant proposals. They develop project budgets, administer bidding processes, and verify contract expenditures and compliance. Planners also support member communities on various land -use projects.

Examples of Duties


A Planner III (Urban Design) performs a variety of planning and design functions including but not limited to:

* Performs advanced professional work related to a variety of planning assignments;

* Manages complex planning studies and development applications, and reviews consultant proposals;

* Reviews and processes complex comprehensive plan amendments, rezoning recommendations, annexations, site plans, and plats;

* Develops project budgets, administers bidding processes, and verifies contract expenditures and compliance;

* Conducts research and prepares statistical reports on land use, physical, social, and economic issues;

* Provides professional planning assistance to member communities on varied land use projects;

* Works in regional program areas relating to natural I water resources planning, community development, hazard mitigation, and other issues;

* Performs .field inspections to gather data relevant to the development review process and/or to verify that development projects comply with approved plans.

* Schedules and conducts meetings with advisory boards and elected officials;

* Presents reports and other findings to staff, Planning & Zoning Board, and City Council members, and serves as a liaison to such committees;

* Attends a substantial number of evening and weekend meetings

. Minimum Qualifications


Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, with major course work in urban planning, architecture, public policy, or a closely related field. Masters preferred.


At least three (3) years of professional experience involving urban design / planning I urban planning, architecture / landscape architecture is required. Must demonstrate proficiency with integrated word processing and spreadsheet functions.

License I Certificates

Possession of an American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification through the American Planning Association may be required.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience that provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities will be evaluated on an individual basis.


Applicants may be required to illustrate proficiency in the use of software packages such as the Microsoft Office Suite including Word and Excel. Applicants may be required to take written tests or work simulations to illustrate proficiency in other skill sets as may be determined based on the duties and responsibilities to be performed. These written tests might include mathematical skills and writing skills, including grammar and reading comprehension.


Applicants may be subject to background, criminal, and cred it checks.


Valid government issued identification will be required at time of hire.

Supplemental Information

Subjects and Weights:

* Oral Appraisal - 70%

* Evaluation of Training, Experience, Personal Qualifications (TEP) – 30%

* Total of Oral Appraisal & Evaluation of TEP= 60%(Min) - 100% (Max)