Principal Planner

Town of Timnath

Timnath, CO United States

The Town of Timnath is growing, therefore we are hiring! Why join our team? We serve a purpose, be part of a community that is lively and engaged, it is one of the fastest and upcoming little towns in NOCO. The Town of Timnath is seeking its next Principal Planner.

The Principal Planner is responsible for managing development projects of highest complexity, including some long-range planning projects (housing, transportation, and sustainability); supervisorial, general oversight, and mentoring of planning staff; managing updates to the Land Use Code, including consultants; researching and writing technical reports; presenting high-level projects to Town Council; maintaining good relationships with other departments and agencies; and supporting the Community Development Director.

What one can expect with this position:

  • Actively supports and upholds the Town’s mission and values.
  • Performs and manages complex and sensitive professional planning projects, research, and analysis.
  • Directs the Planning Services Division, which includes implementation of the comprehensive plan, planning programs, and policies; prepares staff recommendations regarding development, amendment, and implementation of the Town’s Comprehensive Plan; and other long-range planning studies.
  • Monitors and ensures compliance with local, state, and federal laws.
  • Interpret planning codes.
  • Fosters and develops a culture of positive customer service in working relationships with key staff, departmental employees, other governmental organizations, and with external services such as consultants, citizens, legal counsel, boards, commissions, and the Town Council.
  • Participates in budget preparation and administration, monitors and controls expenditures.
  • Review reports and assists in the development of technical and revenue projects including the Town’s Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan.
  • Responsible for supervising, directing, overseeing, and assigning work to professional planning staff (Senior Planner, Planner I, Planner II,, and Planning Permit Technician/GIS Analyst) and ensures appropriate training is provided.
  • Evaluates operations and activities of assigned responsibilities.
  • Handles sensitive personnel matters.
  • Provides overall management of department-related planning issues.
  • Conduct regular staff meetings to review current planning cases and assigning research and case management to the planning staff.
  • Advises the Community Development Director on all planning-related matters.
  • Advises the Town Council, Planning Commission and senior level staff in planning-related issues.
  • Provides staff support to the Town Council on planning related matters and attends Council meetings as needed.
  • Serves as liaison and performs all necessary functions in support of the Planning Commission.
  • Coordinate the development review process, including meetings with the general public, applicants, architects, engineers, attorneys, and other Town staff.
  • Oversees specialized planning functions such as large-scale new development proposals and environmental studies.
  • Oversee staff to prepare Town Council and Planning Commission packets, resident participation plans and reports, notifications, and maps.
  • Prepares reports on operations and activities, recommending improvements and modifications.
  • Other duties may be assigned from time to time, this list is not meant to be all inclusive.

The qualifications that we are hoping the right candidate will bring with them:

  • Thorough knowledge of urban planning and development and local government policies and procedures
  • Thorough knowledge of specialization such as land use planning/zoning, transportation planning, environmental planning, urban design, housing, historic preservation or economic development
  • Research methods and statistical principles related to urban growth and development
  • Proficient in use of personal computers and related software applications specifically Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Excellent communication (both verbal and written)
  • Demonstrated analytical and organizational skills
  • Knowledge of business terminology, spelling, and punctuation
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse groups of individuals including supervisors, co-workers, boards, commissions, and the public
  • Strong interpersonal skills to develop good working relationships with staff, officials and stakeholders and to resolve complaints
  • Strong analytical skills to interpret research data for reports and apply mathematic techniques in practical situations
  • Ability to read, understand and interpret manuals, ordinances, written policies and procedures, statutes, rules, regulations, memos, letters, reports, and legal documents. As well as the ability to read maps
  • Reading comprehension to understand technical and legal materials
  • Ability to multi-task many variable duties and responsibilities
  • Ability to manage projects effectively and meet firm deadlines
  • GIS knowledge a bonus, but not required
  • Ability to provide effective supervision and staff management
  • Attend, manage, and conduct in-person and virtual public participation activities, meetings, and hearings

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Public Administration, Engineering or other professionally related appropriate field
  • AICP Certification preferred
  • Five years of progressively responsible experience in a planning related position with a local government, urban design, or related discipline
  • 2-years supervisory experience preferred


Hiring - $99,515 - $125,139
Annual - $99,515 - $138,844

The following benefits are offered:

Medical, dental, vision, town sponsored Life, AD&D, STD, LTD plans, voluntary life, supplemental accident insurance, and a wellness program;
The town pays 100% of employee medical coverage, 90% employee and spouse, 90% employee and child/children, and 80% employee and family;
An Employee Assistance Program is provided at no cost to employees. Retirement benefits customary to the position are offered through COPERA (mandatory) and Mission Square (voluntary);
The town offers education reimbursement plans and a cafeteria plan for employees. This position enjoys paid vacation, paid sick leave, and eleven paid holidays.

Must pass post offer background screening

The Town of Timnath provides equal employment opportunities in compliance with all pertinent federal, state, and local laws.

To apply for this position please submit a cover letter and resume to 

Experience Level
Mid II (4-8 years)
AICP Level
Land Use and Development Regulation and Zoning
Salary Range
$99,515 to $125,139

Contact Information

4750 Signal Tree Dr.
Timnath, CO
United States
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