City and Regional Planning Aides

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About the Job

Compile data from various sources, such as maps, reports, and field and file investigations, for use by city planner in making planning studies.

It is also Called

  • Zoning Technician
  • Zoning Assistant
  • Transportation Planner
  • Regional Transfer Liaison
  • Regional Liaison
  • Regional Economic Liaison
  • Planning Technician
  • Planning Official
  • Planning Intern
  • Planning Assistant
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What They Do

  • Perform code enforcement tasks.
  • Perform clerical duties such as composing, typing and proofreading documents, scheduling appointments and meetings, handling mail and posting public notices.
  • Prepare, develop and maintain maps and databases.
  • Prepare, maintain and update files and records, including land use data and statistics.
  • Conduct interviews, surveys and site inspections concerning factors that affect land usage, such as zoning, traffic flow and housing.
  • Inspect sites and review plans for minor development permit applications.
  • Serve as liaison between planning department and other departments and agencies.
  • Respond to public inquiries and complaints.
  • Provide and process zoning and project permits and applications.
  • Research, compile, analyze and organize information from maps, reports, investigations, and books for use in reports and special projects.


People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: CR.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Conventional interests, but also prefer Realistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Geography - Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Preparation Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.


In 2016, the average annual wage in California was $54,410 with most people making between $27,760 and $90,480


avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 3,400 people in California. It is projected that there will be 4,100 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 70 openings due to growth and about 150 replacement openings for approximately 220 total annual openings.