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City of North Chicago, Associate Planner

The City of North Chicago is seeking an Associate Planner in the Economic & Community Development Office.  The City of North Chicago, Illinois, (population 30,038), a home-rule municipality, is located approximately 36 miles north of the Chicago “Loop.” Located on the shores of Lake Michigan between Chicago and Milwaukee, North Chicago is the proud home to Naval Station Great Lakes, the only training command for United States Navy recruits and the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center – the nation’s first fully integrated Veteran’s Affairs and Department of Defense entity.


Under general supervision of the Economic & Community Development Director, this position performs a variety of professional planning activities including: review of development and land use applications; zoning, site plan and environmental review; completion of technical assessments; project management assistance for development applications; prepares written project analyses and makes written recommendations; prepares and reviews City ordinances; conducts site inspections; provides technical assistance to the general public; and performs related work as required.  This class is the journey-level in the professional planning classification series and incumbents may be assigned the full range of planning functions encountered by a developing City.  The position is distinguished from Senior Planner in that the latter handles complex project applications and has full supervisory authority over lower-level planners.  The Associate Planner has project management responsibilities in addition to performing the full range of professional planning duties.

Qualified candidates will have:

  • Preparation of short- and long-term land use, transportation and capital improvements plans on both a neighborhood and citywide level.
  • Staffing of Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals meetings and public hearings on subdivisions, zoning amendments and zoning variations.
  • Serving as Chairperson of the Site Plan Review Committee.
  • Providing technical assistance to neighborhood and business groups within the City.
  • Serving as the City’s principal staff liaison to other Federal, State and Local Agencies.
  • Assists in managing application projects, including analyzing and evaluating site and architectural plans, performing technical review and making recommendations, as well as ensuring plans and applications generally receive appropriate oversight.
  • Prepares routine written project analysis including researching, analyzing findings and making recommendations.
  • Provides technical advice to other staff, the general public, contractors and other professionals including explaining City ordinances, regulations, resolutions and planning and zoning policies.
  • Prepares staff reports for land use and development plan permits, including determining overall content and format of reports.
  •  Conducts site inspections, including determining if projects are in compliance with laws, regulations and ordinances, makes recommendations on changes.
  • Assists in preparing and reviewing maps, plans, business licenses and City ordinances.
  • Confers with and provides information to property owners, contractors, developers, engineers, architects and the public regarding conformance to standards, plans, specifications and codes; explains codes, requirements and procedures.


  • Possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Urban Planning or similar discipline.
  • At least two (2) years of progressively responsible land use planning and zoning experience, or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this job.
  • Ability to administer the process of land use regulations as administered by local municipalities throughout the U.S., and articulate their theoretical basis.
  • Functional knowledge of personal computer applications including word processing, spreadsheets, web-based applications, databases and GIS.
  • Ability to work with and relate to a diverse group of citizens from varying socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills in dealing with individuals and groups at all levels.
  • Valid driver’s license

Salary range:  Salary $60,796 – $71,215 Annually +/- DOQ.  The City also has a very attractive benefit package to include medical, dental, vision, participation in Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF), vacation, sick and personal leave.

Interested candidates can submit a resume, or apply

The City of North Chicago is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


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