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2261 Planning Director

Planning Director

Park City, UT, USA

Park City, UT, USA

Park City Municipal Corporation, UT

Julie Baca


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Planning Director

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Park City, Utah, presents an excellent opportunity to lead a talented team of eleven planning professionals as the next Planning Director. This highly experienced planning professional will coordinate several high-profile boards and commissions, such as the Park City Planning Commission and Historic Preservation Board and will work with a myriad of important external stakeholders, including local media and non-profit organizations.


Park City lies less than 40 miles from Salt Lake City, framed by the Wasatch Range and home to 8,500 full-time residents. With two world-class ski resorts, Deer Valley and Park City Mountain, Park City draws over 5 million visitors from across the globe each year. In addition, Park City hosts a wide range of cultural and sporting events, is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts, and offers many forms of entertainment from live music to local restaurants.


The Park City Planning Department works with citizens, property owners, businesses, non-profits and others to create a desirable place to live, work and recreate. The Planning Department is primarily responsible for managing growth and development through the administration of applicable land use codes adopted by the City Council. Staff perform development reviews on projects large and small to ensure compliance with Park City's General Plan and Land Management Code (LMC). This includes management of:

  • Land Management Code updates, revisions, and amendments

  • Planning Commission, Historic Preservation Board and Board of Adjustments

  • National Register of Historic Districts

  • Design Guidelines for the Historic District and Historic Sites

  • Historic Sites Inventory

The Department’s FY (Fiscal Year) 22-23 operating budget is $2.3 million supporting 12 full-time employees.


Key components of this executive leadership position include strong technical and communication skills, astute situational and political awareness, and demonstrated experience working in a comparable world-class community. This position will require considerable exposure to stressful situations generated from conflicting values experienced in public venues. The ideal candidate is an experienced planning and development professional who balances “big picture” organizational planning principles with the day-to-day administration of the City’s LMC, General Plan, and small business district and neighborhood plans. The position reports directly to the Deputy City Manager.

The Planning Director provides organizational leadership and technical expertise to support the City Council, boards, and commissions regarding planning and land-use activities; serves as the staff representative in Planning Commission, Board of Adjustment, and Historic Preservation meetings; facilitates long-range community planning programs, including land-use, transportation, economic development, environmental, and housing programs; closely coordinates with the Engineering, Building, Transportation Planning, Housing, Public Works, and Sustainability Departments; and reviews the LMC, Historic District Design Guidelines, and other important planning documents to organize, assess, and make official and final land-use determinations.

The ideal candidate should be proficient in the principles and practices of community planning, land use, and project development review, including land use law, theory, and application; skilled in processing complete residential and commercial development applications, including site design and architectural review; and a clear communicator with an acute understanding of land use codes and the benefits and unintended consequences that can occur from their use.


Any combination of training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities will qualify. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Bachelor’s degree in planning or closely related field.


  • Ten (10) years of progressive experience in the planning field

  • Five years of experience in a supervisory leadership role

  • Computer literacy in Microsoft Office software

Preferred Qualifications

Education: Master’s degree in planning, public administration, housing administration, community development, or closely related field.


  • AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners) Certification

  • American Planning Association member or affiliation

  • Considerable resort and tourism industry experience


The salary range is $136,000 to $170,000 with placement dependent upon qualifications. In addition, an excellent executive benefit package is provided, and a flexible work schedule is available.

Interested candidates are encouraged to review the recruitment brochure for detailed benefit information.


Confidential inquiries are welcomed to Julie Baca at (916) 550-4100.

Interested candidates may apply below and are encouraged to apply immediately, as this recruitment will close once a sufficiently strong candidate pool is established.

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