Principal Planner

Douglas County Government

Minden, NV United States


Douglas County has a population of 50,000 and is nestled at the foothills of the sierras. We are 20 minutes east of beautiful Lake Tahoe and one hour south of Reno, "The Biggest Little City in the World"!  


Salary $75,920.00- $113,880.00 annually, generous benefits program including state retirement plan (PERS), health, dental, vision, and life insurance, no state tax, paid annual vacation and sick leave.


The Principle Planner under general direction of the Deputy Director of Community Development is responsible for supervising, coordinating and directing the County’s planning and zoning functions; serves as liaison to Towns, GIDs and other agencies in regard to development processes.



  • Supervises and directs the activities of assigned staff; coordinates, prioritizes and assigns tasks and projects; tracks and reviews work progress and activities; assists with the recruitment and selection of staff; undertakes disciplinary action as required; conducts performance evaluations; ensures appropriate scheduling of staff to ensure proper operational coverage.
  • Develops and implements goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work standards for the division. 
  • Provides technical and professional planning services to achieve consistent and controlled growth in the County; assures project plans are in conformance to County goals, and in compliance with local, state and Federal codes and regulations. 
  • Reviews and evaluates project designs, plans, technical documents and special use permits for compliance with County standards and regulatory requirements; reviews land development proposals and planning and zoning changes; meets with and advises developers regarding development applications and processes; explains purposes, regulations and procedures of accepted development practices; suggests alternatives for an improved design.
  • Answers inquiries and assists the public and other agencies in matters relating to planning, zoning and permit review, and other County standards and regulations; provides information within scope of authority; represents and speaks for the County at meetings and on various regional boards, groups and programs, such as the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA); provides advice related to planning and development to the Board of Commissioners, the County Manager, County Planning Commission, and other County departments. Incumbent may sit as the County representative on the TRPA Advisory Planning Commission. Oversees the development review process, coordinating with team members from other divisions and departments; reviews and processes a variety of applications, permits and plans; reviews development plans with developers, builders, utility companies, and other County departments; provides reports and findings to the Deputy Director of Community Development; oversees the Genoa Historic District Commission; oversees the Administrative Hearing Process; provides reports on planning, zoning and development matters for presentation to the County Planning Commission and County Board of Commissioners.
  • Manages special projects as assigned; conducts research and analysis on permits, plans, rules and regulations; oversees the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and affordable housing programs.
  • Coordinates with various regional government organizations, community groups, and state and Federal agencies; attends public meetings and coordinates discussions on regional planning and zoning issues.
  • Initiates, formulates, and recommends planning and development related ordinances, programs, policies, and plans relative to current and long range plans including County Master Plan updates, open space plans, and special studies on housing, population, transportation, and water; monitors and reviews trends in County and regional planning issues; researches and interprets laws, regulations, and general information.
  • Represents the County with dignity, integrity, and a spirit of cooperation in all relationships with staff and the public.

Minimum Requirements: 

Bachelor's degree in Land Use Planning, Environmental Studies, Public Administration, or a closely related field; AND five (5) years of professional level planning experience, two (2) year of which was in a supervisory role; OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. 



APPLY NOT LATER THAN: Monday, February 7, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. APPLY AT:, Phone 775-782-9860. Resumes only accepted with on line application.  EOE/ADA.

Experience Level
Mid II (4-8 years)
AICP Level
Land Use and Development Regulation and Zoning
Salary Range
$75,920.00- $113,880.00