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Position: City Planner I
Municipality:City of New Britain
Close Date:9/3/2021




An Open Competitive Examination



Job Title:                                CITY PLANNER I……$1,204.86 To $1,394.25 weekly 4 steps

Represented by:                   Local 1303 AFSCME, Council 4, AFL-CIO

Direct Reports (Y/N):            N

Department:                          Planning & Development

Closing Date:                                    Friday, September 3, 2021



Under supervision, to perform increasingly responsible and difficult professional planning work related to the conduct of municipal planning functions including but not limited to zoning analysis, site plan review, subdivision review and duties related to zoning board of appeals, historic review application and updating, maintaining and implementing the conservation and  development plan; and to do related work as required.


Works under the direction of the Director of Planning and Development  and/or Planner II.


  • Prepares and conducts surveys and written reports, compiles sociological, economic and geographic duties, prepares planning design and program solutions for complex problems.
  • Prepares graphic presentations of statistical and geographic data, performs the analysis of urban geography, zoning matters, community development and development plan implementations. 
  • Assists the general public regarding planning and zoning matters. 
  • Prepares annual reports and capital improvement program. 
  • Reviews subdivision maps and development site plans for conformance with codes, plans and regulations.
  • Reviews and processes permits and applications to the City Planning Commission, the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Zoning Committee of the Council Council, the Inland and Wetlands Commission and submits reports and recommendation as appropriate
  • Provides assistance to the City Planning Commission, the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Zoning Committee of the Council Council, the Inland and Wetlands Commission.


The above tasks and responsibilities are illustrative only.  The description does not include every task or responsibility.


  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of city planning, knowledge of municipal government, familiarity with the fundamentals of civil engineering and architecture,
  • Knowledge of  computers and current software program applications  including but not limited to  GIS. 
  • Ability to work independently, communicate effectively, understand and prepare complex written, visual and oral reports.
  • Must have ability to compile, analyze and prepare graphic presentation of data and ability to make public presentations and to perform complex planning analysis and graphic work.           
  • Connecticut driver’s license necessary


Graduation from an accredited college with major work in city planning, AICP certification plus two (2) years experience in a planning office, and/or the equivalent in experience and training.

PROBATIONARY PERIOD: The probationary period for this position shall be twelve (12) months.

RULE OF FIVE PLUS THREE: When a vacancy exists for this position, the Appointing Authority is sent the first five names in rank on the certified Employment list plus the next three highest


A certified employment list shall be in effect for one year from the date of its establishment by the Civil Service Commission. Subsequent to the initial certification of the employment list, no sooner than l0 months and no later than 11 months and 29 days from date of initial certification, the Commission may, upon the showing and finding of exigent or extenuating circumstances, extend the duration of the list when it is deemed to be in the best interest of the City. The City, or any individual, may request that consideration of extension be placed on the Civil Service regular meeting agenda by notifying the Personnel Director no later than one calendar week prior to the monthly meeting. The maximum period of time that a list shall remain in effect is two years from date of initial certification.

 PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disability to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, talk and listen.  The employee is required to walk and frequently use hands and fingers when operating computer and calculator, and reach with hands and arms.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

 PHYSICAL EXAMINATION: Prior to beginning work, the successful candidate must complete and qualify on a post offer medical examination and background check.


All requests for reasonable accommodations in the testing process must be made in writing, no later than the closing date for applications. Documentation of the disability for which the accommodation is being requested, and what specific accommodation is being requested, must be received no later than the closing deadline for applications. The candidate's failure to provide documentation which satisfies the City's requirements by the timetable above will result in an inability to provide an accommodation in the testing process. However, the candidate who meets the minimum qualifications for the position would still be eligible to compete with all other candidates in the standard testing process.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT FOR CITY OF NEW BRITAIN RESIDENTS: Proof of domicile shall be filed at the time of filing the application.  (Please see form attached). 

Applications must be on file with the Civil Service Commission/Human Resources, Room 409, City Hall, no later than Friday, September 3, 2021 at 4:00 P.M.  Application forms may be obtained at the office of the Civil Service Commission/Human Resources, Room 409, City Hall, 27 West Main Street, New Britain, CT  06051. Tel.(860) 826-3404 or www.newbritainct.gov

An EOE/AA/Equal Access Employer

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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