Please submit your cover letter, resumé and completed job application to Town Clerk Melody Harrison. You may also mail it to PO Box 90, New Castle, CO 81647, or drop it off at the town hall located at 450 W Main Street in New Castle. 



Job Title:  Town Planner and Code Administrator


Reports to:  Town Administrator                    Department:            Administration                 

Revised:      4/15/08; 4/29/09; 1/1/2011           FLSA Status:                 Exempt


JOB FUNCTIONS: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job.


Position Purpose:

Town Planner:          Provide current and long range planning service and support to the Town Administrator.

Code Administrator:         Explain and/or apply interpretation of the Town Municipal Code for Town staff and the public at large.



  1. Process land use applications and annexation requests pursuant to the Town Code.
  2. Prepare detailed analysis of land use applications and reports, to include findings and recommendations to the Technical Review Committee and the Planning and Zoning Commission.
  3. Presentation of land use application analysis by providing oral and written recommendations to the Technical Review Committee, the Planning and Zoning Commission and Town Council.
  4. Assist other Town staff in completion of Town projects that may require planning review and study as assigned by the Town Administrator.
  5. Update planning documents for the Town, to include, but not limited to, Town Master Plan, Annexation Plans, Land Use Code and Zone District Mapping.
  6. Provide staff coordination; act as a liaison while assisting the public on applying land use code provisions to development and real estate inquiries.
  7. Coordinate with the Building and Public Works Departments to review certain building and construction plans to ensure that construction is consistent with approved developed orders.
  8. Review of building permits for zoning compliance.

Issue R-1 Historic Characteristic Compliance Checklists and Conditional and Variance Certificates

  1. Responsible for the administration and recordkeeping of planning resources and documents, to include Town mapping, final plats, and development review files.
  2. Act as the liaison/point person throughout the land use procedures after an application has been filed with the Town Clerk.



  1. Responsible for enforcement of zoning and correction of zoning violations pursuant to the Municipal Code.
  2. Inform/Educate the public-at-large of Municipal Code requirements and violations.
  3. Centralize and organize all files related to code enforcement.
  4. Act as liaison to Town staff and the public when purported code violations occur.
  5. Assist all Town departments with code infraction research and study.
  6. Proactive in the conservation of water by educating/informing the public of code requirements. Send Notices of Violations to those responsible for violations of the Water Conservation Code.
  7. Negotiate solutions to violation cases using sound judgment and discretion.
  8. Apply interpretation and enforcement of sign code regulations and conduct related inspections.
  9. Conduct field investigations, to include visually observing property conditions, collecting data and information, and using sound judgment to apply interpretation of Municipal Code requirements to determine if violations exist.
  10. Conduct research in property records; maintain up-to-date, accurate case information and legal documentation.



  1. Deputy Emergency Management Director: Assist the Emergency   Management Director (the Town Administrator) with updating and revising           the Town’s Emergency Operations Plan as needed. Assist with   developing training and exercise programs to familiarize Town officials             and employees and other emergency officials with the provisions of the     Plan.
  2. Perform other duties as assigned by the Town Administrator.


Job Qualifications:

          Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Skills in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships and willingness to meet with the public, Town staff, Town Council, and Boards and Commissions of the Town in a positive and cooperative manner.
  • Basic knowledge of general planning principles and techniques used for implementing and enforcing the provisions of land use regulations.
  • Working knowledge of the Town Municipal Code relative to enforcement and application of the interpretation of the code and prose recommendations regarding violations.
  • Ability to facilitate public hearings and meetings dealing with land issues and code violations.
  • Solid general office management and computer skills.
  • Ability to exercise initiative and judgment with little supervision.
  • Ability to exercise good, community oriented judgment in the conduct of Town business.
  • Ability to be team oriented and supportive of all members of the team. Can be a follower or caretaker, as well as a leader on the team, as the situation demands.
  • Analytical skills.
  • Experienced with public in order to resolve specific problems, and for handling difficult situations where the public may be angry or upset.
  • Effective interpersonal skills needed to handle face-to-face and telephone contact with public when responding to inquiries, citing violations, and resolving violation cases.
  • Knowledge of how to provide customer service and to convey negative information to customers in a positive manner.
  • Skilled in research, record keeping, oral and written communication and organizational tasks.
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle.
  • Excellent organizational skills essential for the maintenance of documents and records.


          Education Or Formal Training and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited College or University and/or one (1) year related land use planning experience and one (1) year law enforcement background.
  • Ability to gain American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification is desirable but not required.
  • Valid Colorado driver’s license required.
  • Human relations training and background required.
  • Maintain professional training in order to provide the Town with comprehensive, thorough, and up-to-date planning support and code administration duties.


Material and Equipment Directly Used:

  • Requires use of standard office equipment, and PC and standard Microsoft, Outlook/Outlook Express, and Adobe Acrobat required.
  • Digital camera, telephone, certain hand tools and tape measure use required


Mental and Physical Abilities Required:

  • Alertness, precision, ingenuity, problem-solving, analytical ability, spatial perception, persuasiveness, patience, tactile discrimination, speaking ability, memory, creativity, concentration, judgment, auditory discrimination, writing ability, reasoning, imagination, initiative, mathematical calculations, sight and cooperation.


Working Environment/Physical Activities:

  • Work is generally performed in both an office and field environment. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, sit, use hands to finger, handle or grasp objects, talk and hear. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Work conditions vary according to the season and may be physically demanding. Working in field conditions may include walking with some kneeling, bending, crawling, and climbing, and traversing uneven terrain, mud, snow, and ice, negotiating stairs, climbing on or over fences, moving around or through debris, and posting and retrieving signs at heights above normal reach.
  • The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities include near and far vision, depth perception, color, and ability to focus.