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Department:     Community Development

Reports To:       Community Development Director

Classification:   Non-Exempt

Salary Range: $53,677.00 to $63,472.00


  1. Job Purpose

    The primary purpose of this position is to review and process land use applications submitted to Crook County Community Development ensuring compliance with the County’s comprehensive land use plan and development codes.  The position is responsible for conducting technical research and analysis. This position provides both current and long-range planning services and provides support to the County Planning Commission. This position provides critical customer service and ensures that reviews are completed in a timely manner. This position coordinates closely with Building Division, On-Site, Road Department, addressing, compliance, Legal Counsel, GIS, various Irrigation Districts and other local, state, and federal agencies in the review of land use proposals, requirements and violations.  

    Number of employees reporting to this position:            0

Duties, Tasks and Responsibilities

• Responds to inquiries, counsels and assists the public in-person, over the phone, and by email regarding  various land use questions and interpretation of the County’s zoning and development code.   Uses discretion, as needed, in responding to inquiries on a case-by-case base, while applying state and local land use law.

 • Reviews permit applications, plans, and supporting documents for completeness and compliance with development code requirements

• Prepares decisions for Site Plan Reviews, Land Partitions, Agricultural and Equine Exempts, Boundary Line Adjustments, Modifications, Extensions, Conditional Uses, Vested Rights, Temporary Uses, Combine/Un-Combine Lots, Reactivations, Lot of Records, and other land use applications.

• Prepares staff reports for and makes recommendations to the Planning Commission and Crook County Court on land use decisions.

•   Keeps current with trends and developments in Oregon land use practice including keeping current with Oregon Statutory and administrative law and case law.

•Processes public notice materials, gathers comments and prepares Final Administrative Decisions.

• Ensures that documents are submitted in compliance with Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) requirements, Prepare records and reports for DLCD Farm/Forest Reports. 

• Assists Director, County Counsel and County Court in finding information, property files, and other general information.  Performs special projects as deemed necessary.

• Assists Director with long range planning projects including updates to comprehensive plan, development code, land use applications and other land use planning documents.

• Performs other duties as required to accomplish the objectives of this position.

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  1. •  Knowledge of Oregon’s land use program including statutes and administrative rules.

    •  Ability to use GIS software effectively to access map and land use data.   Ability to enter and retrieve  information from the County’s e-permitting system.  Ability to use Microsoft office software is essential.

    •  Ability to manage work load and organize and prioritize multiple tasks in an effective, accurate and timely manner.

    •  Ability to prepare defensible land use decisions and to read and interpret land use codes and regulations. Ability to effectively and harmoniously gather, interpret and exchange important and complex information with citizens, officials or outside agencies.

    •  Ability to prepare decisions and other written material in a timely and accurate manner.

    •  Ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing.

    • Ability to work with a variety of personalities to resolve complex issues.

  2.  Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in planning or related field and three (3) years’ work experience in land use planning OR

    • Master’s Degree with major course work in planning or a related field; AND two (2) years’ of work experience. 

    Prior to or on the date of hire:

    •Able to complete a thorough employment and/or criminal history check

    •Able to successfully pass a pre-employment drug test (not required for all positions).

    •Final candidates will be required to provide official proof of college degree and certified transcripts (no required for all positions).         

  3.  Position Details

    The duties outlined in this job description are not all inclusive and additional duties and tasks will be assigned as required.

    •  The position is “at-will” and either Crook County or the employee may terminate the relationship at any time with or without cause.

    •  The work location is in the Community Development Department.

    •  Fair Labor Standards Classification:  Non-Exempt

    •  This position is not considered to be a safety sensitive position.


Location: Prineville, OR
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