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Planning Associate – City of Newton




The Planning Associate is part of the current planning team and provides zoning information, reviews and analyzes development proposals, and provides research and technical support for historic preservation and long-range planners. The Planning Associate is responsible for understanding and applying regulations; reviewing requests for special permits, comprehensive permits, administrative site plan reviews, Section 5-58 reviews of public building projects, and wireless telecommunications reviews; and coordinating with other City departments and City Councilors. Additional tasks include conducting research and participating in public meetings for updating the City’s comprehensive plan and zoning, as well as neighborhood planning studies and corridor plans.

Essential Elements:

  • Responsible for all aspects of development review, including providing zoning information, reviewing plans and studies as part of development requests, conducting site visits, writing recommendation reports and making oral presentations to decision makers such as City Council, Planning and Development Board, and Zoning Board of Appeals, and reviewing constructed projects.
  • Reviews development proposals for consistency with regulations, adopted City policies, and good planning practices and principles. Provides feedback to applicants on proposals.
  • Provides customer service by responding to questions and requests for information from applicants, the public, City Councilors, and other City departments.

Conducts studies and prepares reports in developing land use, housing, transportation, economic development, and other strategies related to long- and short-range planning studies.  Prepares analytical research reports and makes recommendations regarding policy, regulation and ordinance changes.

  • Collaborates with City development review staff regarding development proposals, land use and zoning policy and regulations.
  • Provides staff and technical support to City Council, as needed, including the Land Use Committee, Zoning and Planning Committee, Real Property Reuse Committee.
  • Provides staff and technical support to the Planning and Development Board, Newton Historic Commission and Local Historic Districts.
  • Responds to public and media inquiries regarding zoning, development proposals, and land use issues.
  • Assists in research for and preparation of writing grant proposals for the City of Newton.
  • Represents the Planning and Development Department at public meetings and events.
  • Collaborates with other planning staff to plan and implement community or economic development services that meet the needs of the community.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university in city planning, public administration or related field; plus three to five years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Master’s degree (M. A.) preferred.  Broad knowledge of planning principles and the use of office equipment such as the personal computer and computer software.

Starting Salary                 $53,057 – $56,289

Reports to:                     Chief Planner, Planning & Development

To apply for this position please go to www.newtonma.gov/jobs .


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