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Planner II vs Planner III

glutton

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I’ve been a Planner 2 for a few years now, half the time in the public sector and half in the private (consulting) sector, and am thinking it’s time to shoot my shot to be a Planner III. In your professional opinions, what are the main things that make a Planner III role different from a Planner II role in public sector local government?

In a smaller agency this might be the difference between an entry level planner (but not Planning Tech) and a mid/senior planner (but not Principal) if you don’t use numerical titles.
 
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SlaveToTheGrind

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In my current organization, the next step after Planner II is Senior Planner. A SP can take on any application. A Planner III may be a senior planner in certain organizations. One county I worked in was just that. III was right below the director.
 
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DVD

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I'm in a bigger city so here's what I've got.

We split our planning into groups. Long range planning, zoning team (they process use permits, variance, and just the process part of the rezone), major site planning (me), and minor site planning.
We have a team leader in charge of each (except major and minor site planning fall into one). There are department heads and assistant heads and all that above him.
We have a planner 4 who is the technical expert for site planning. He' there to answer all those weird questions and supervises stuff in general. Personally I think we can do without a Planner 4, but it's nice to have the extra top level experts.
We have 2 planner 3 who supervise the major and minor site planning teams. They supervise, teach, distribute work loads, and generally make sure the work is getting done.
Then we have a hoard of planner 2 and 1 who do the work.

Quick answer, planner 2 is the work horse doing complicated site plans.
Planner 3 is the first level supervisor.
So it's a big change in responsibilities, but I would think any decent planner could handle the change.
 

glutton

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@DVD thank you! Super helpful. My boss is a Planner III and she handles a lot of the budget related stuff, along with Council relations. Honestly sounds a little boring / intimidating and I’m not sure I want to be her.
 
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