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City of Torrance
Class Code: 3311

Class Designation: Civil Service

April 1988

Representation Unit: Engineers Association &
Torrance Fiscal Employees Assoc.


Planning Assistant


Under supervision, performs entry level work in municipal planning, environmental review, redevelopment and housing; and performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Planning Assistant is distinguished from Planning Associate in that an incumbent does not perform the more complex professional planning and redevelopment assignments.

Examples Of Duties

  • Compiles, records and analyzes data needed for planning and redevelopment activities;
  • participates in and/or conducts field surveys and performs project site analysis;
  • prepares maps, charts, graphs and diagrams for use in planning and redevelopment studies;
  • reviews proposals and applications for development and makes recommendations to achieve conformity to local ordinances and redevelopment plans;
  • prepares both rough and final drafts of reports to the Planning Commission, City Council, Redevelopment Agency, and other City commissions and committees;
  • makes recommendations regarding the environmental impact of proposed projects;
  • proposes tentative solutions to planning and redevelopment problems;
  • answers inquiries from a variety of individuals, and organizations;
  • assists with the administration of contracts with private consultants;
  • prepares and posts notices for public hearings.
  • Minimum Qualifications

    Knowledge of
  • The fundamental principles and practices applying to City planning;
  • The California Environmental Quality Act and the California Redevelopment Act;
  • Terminology used in public planning;
  • Tools and methods generally used when conducting research, surveys and studies related to planning activities.
  • Ability to
  • Collect, analyze and interpret planning and design/development data;
  • Interpret federal, state and municipal laws, regulations, ordinances and guidelines and make necessaryrecommendations in compliance therewith;
  • Write and present accurate and clear reports;
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relations with a variety of individuals including City officials, private consultants, developers, fellow employees and the general public;
  • Perform basic graphics work including preparation of maps, illustrations, charts and diagrams.
  • License Required

    A valid California Driver's License Class 3 is normally required.


    Six months of research and writing experience involving municipal planning and/or redevelopment activities specifically related to General Plan and Research, design/development administration or redevelopment and housing activities.


    Graduation from an accredited college or university with a major in city or regional planning, architecture, landscape architecture, geography, public administration, engineering, or closely related field.