Senior Planner

Senior Planner


All locations


Position Purpose

Senior Planners work alongside other planners in providing site-specific analyses and geographic resources for development in urban and rural areas. They assist in land-use and infrastructure planning. Senior Planners think analytically about the best way to use and develop urban resources, maintain the health of communities and work to protect the environment from serious hazards. The Senior Planner most often requires advanced professional planning experience of high complexity and variety. Some functions are similar to those of the Senior Associate level, though the Senior Planner often leads or is significantly involved with larger, more complex planning assignments. Planners at this level exercise greater independence and judgment, receiving general supervision from senior management. This position is a professional position with responsibility for oversight and management of environmental planning projects and coordinating environmental planning aspects of projects as a part of more complex engineering projects. This position is one of a team or department leader who works confers with his/her supervisor on difficult or complex planning projects and generally works with minimal direction.

What You'll Do

  • Oversight of all aspects of projects, including monitoring contracts, creating budgets, monitoring timelines, developing schedules, and enduring quality deliverables
  • Formulate and conduct technical planning studies
  • Maintain communication with client and/or other project managers from project conception through completion
  • Manage, lead, train, develop, and mentor other technical and professional staff and/or Planning workload
  • Manage project plans, budgets, timelines, and ensure quality deliverables
  • Prepare and oversee research, field work, legal regulations, and documentation in support of Planning reports and documentation
  • Read, interpret, compose, and review Categorical Exclusions, EAs, EIRs, and other technical documents  Prepare, coordinate, and facilitate public involvement meetings and workshops  Prepare and/or coordinate preparation of winning proposals and lead proposal presentations
  • Develop recommendations affecting land use, public utilities, community facilities, housing, and transportation to control and guide development
  • Generate creative solutions to issues that may conflict with the client’s initial project plans
  • Visit field sites to gather facts and data, and conduct investigations
  • Prepare technical studies and documents, with emphasis on NEPA and CEQA documents
  • Prepare and oversee research, field work, legal regulations, and documentation in support of NEPA and CEQA document preparation
  • Read, interpret, compose, and review Categorical Exclusions, EAs, EIRs, and other technical documents
  • Lead and manage work of other planning staff
  • Attend meetings inside and outside of the firm
  • Familiarity with, and assistance to senior staff for monitoring contracts and budgets
  • Other duties as assigned or as needed in order to successfully complete project deliverables or meet internal goals

Who We Need


  • Strong technical writing, analytic, and problem-solving skills
  • Strong project management skills (e.g., organizational, leadership, communication, critical thinking, financial, time management, etc.)
  • Ability to find creative solutions to complex environmental and planning issues, which may include political and socioeconomic issues, while meeting the needs of the client
  • Ability to mentor others in organizing, collecting, and analyzing data, generating and evaluating alternatives, reaching logical conclusions, and formulating consistent recommendations
  • Quantitative analysis skills
  • Ability to work in a team environment, lead teams, and lead, mentor, and supervise staff
  • Ability to sit and stand for long periods
  • Strong ability to communicate well (in writing and verbally) with other staff, clients, and agencies to accomplish team goals
  • Visual acuity and manual dexterity.
  • Ability to perform repetitive wrist and hand motions required
  • Ability to travel to field sites and walk long distances may be required on occasion


  • Drive to be helpful to team members, including mentoring junior staff
  • Strong critical thinking skills that allow for collaborative innovation in problem solving and project planning
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate others and drive results
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive client relationships
  • Ability to be resourceful
  • Proven ability to successfully work against a deadline and within constrained budgets
  • Ability to teach junior staff both agency and firm standards
  • Ability to provide constructive feedback in a positive and productive manner
  • Ability to communicate complex technical ideas and concepts to non-technical people



  • Bachelor’s or Master’s (preferred) degree in land use, environmental, urban, regional or city planning, community planning, landscape architecture, geography, or related field. AICP required.


  • Minimum of eight (8) years of experience in planning, environmental, transportation, and/or socioeconomics (or Bachelor’s degree and ten (10) years general planning experience)

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South Farmersville Boulevard Safe Routes To Schools Project

City of Farmersville, CA

South Farmersville


The City of Farmersville’s South Farmersville Boulevard Project is a pedestrian and bicycle improvement project, as well as a transit project. The Project improves pedestrian and bicycle safety by addressing deficiencies near places of employment, schools, and neighborhoods.

The Project’s location is South Farmersville Boulevard, the main north-south arterial in the City, and extends from just south of Visalia Road to the southern City limits, approximately ½-mile. The Project is in the direct vicinity of Snowden Elementary (approximately 450 students in grades 2 and 3). Roy Park and a senior housing community are also adjacent to the Project, as well as commercial and residential uses. A lack of contiguous sidewalks at this location forced students and others, including seniors, into the street or shoulder with no vehicular separation such as a raised curb. There were a narrow shoulder and no safe clearance for pedestrians or bicycles.

The Project included the design and installation of:

  • Approximately 1,700 linear feet of sidewalk
  • Five (5) ADA-compliant curb ramps
  • New pedestrian refuge median at the existing Snowden Elementary School crossing
  • Two (2) new transit stops
  • A new transit turn-around location
  • Signing; and Pavement Delineation
  • New Class II bicycle lanes

The existing Snowden Elementary School crossing was approximately 58 feet wide and vehicles typically travel between 35 and 45 mph in the area. The new pedestrian refuge median allows the students to cross half of the roadway and provides a safe area at which to remain before crossing the other half of the roadway.

There were previously no transit stops along South Farmersville Boulevard because the buses had no way to turn around. The project constructed a bus turnaround location which now allows for two transit stops on South Farmersville Boulevard. Seniors previously had to walk to transit stops on Visalia Road (approximately ½-mile) to travel to medical appointments, shopping, etc. With the new transit facilities adjacent to the senior housing community, it is much easier for the seniors to obtain transit service allowing them more freedom and independence.

QK provided engineering design and drafting, land surveying, utility coordination, right of way designation, environmental compliance, construction staking, and construction management and field observation services for the project.

Glaze Avenue

City of Exeter, CA

Glaze Avenue


The City of Exeter’s Glaze Avenue Project (Project) was a shoulder stabilization project which constructed approximately 31,000 square feet of pavement to provide shoulders along a mile-long segment of Glaze Avenue between Belmont Road and State Route (SR) 65 (Kaweah Avenue). Glaze Avenue is the southern-most roadway in the City of Exeter. A park, as well as residential, industrial, and agricultural uses, are adjacent to the Project. The roadway width was as narrow as 15 feet in some locations prior to construction.

The additional paving allowed for full-width, vehicle travel lanes, as well as shoulders striped as Class II bicycle lanes to provide bicycle connectivity across the southern end of the City. Project construction also included utility relocations, storm drainage, signing, and pavement delineation. The Project was funded by the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program, toll credits, and local funds.

South Valencia Boulevard Sidewalk Project

City of Woodlake, CA

South Valencia Boulevard Sidewalk Project


The South Valencia project was initiated by the Dolores Huerta Foundation in an effort to construct ADA improvements on the southern portion of the City that would provide a safe pathway for pedestrians, and school children.

QK provided engineering design, utility coordination, land surveying, right of way, construction engineering, CEQA compliance, and biological services for the South Valencia Sidewalk Project along Valencia Boulevard from Bravo Avenue to Deltha Avenue. Street improvements included the design of one half-mile of the curb, gutter, and sidewalk, seven (7) ADA accessible (ADA compliant) pedestrian curb ramps, two cross gutters, asphaltic concrete, 50 drive approaches, and tie-ins to meet ADA standards, new storm drain system, and signing and pavement delineation modifications. Additionally, 22 palm trees lining S. Valencia Boulevard and a small grove of eight eucalyptus trees were removed.

QK biologists conducted bat roosting surveys and eagle/raptor nest surveys of the project site to determine whether any bat species were present within the disturbance area of the trees. A survey was also conducted for the presence of any existing active or inactive raptor nests that may be used during the 2017 nesting season. During construction, QK is providing staking and field observation services for the project.

Garden In The Sun Park

City of Arvin, CA

Garden In The Sun Park


Creating recreational areas in the City of Arvin is essential for the quality of life and promotion of healthy living. In 2010, the City of Arvin was awarded a Proposition 84 Park Grant which provided the means to construct a new park in the center of the City. The 5-acre park is near the City’s proposed civic center and the Jewett Square mixed-use development. The park fronts the newly completed Walnut Street alignment –a big step to improving the traffic and pedestrian circulation within the project vicinity and connecting Arvin High School to the City’s main thoroughfare, Bear Mountain Boulevard.

QK assisted the City of Arvin in developing a comprehensive park project and construction plans incorporating proven sustainable solutions. Conceptual drawings and construction plans and specifications were prepared for the entire project.

The park’s design includes the following features:

  • Feature fountain at park’s main entry with decorative tile surfacing, seat walls, and planters
  • Large concrete entry plaza
  • Tot Lot (engineered wood fiber play surface and concrete curbs)
  • Splash pad (proposed for a later phase of development)
  • Restrooms building
  • Storage and equipment building
  • Gazebo with game tables and large concrete surface chessboard
  • Picnic arbors
  • Monument sign
  • Grass volleyball court
  • Loop trail, concrete walks, and nearby planter areas
  • Benches, picnic tables, drinking fountains, bike racks, and trash receptacles
  • Loop trail, concrete walks, and nearby planter areas
  • Benches, picnic tables, drinking fountains, bike racks, and trash receptacles
  • Drought tolerant plantings in the botanical garden
  • Mural walls at the west perimeter block wall
  • Exercise stations with DG (decomposed granite) surfacing
  • Site lighting
  • Safety bollards at park entry drop-off
  • Bio-Retention Cell for drainage
  • New water-efficient irrigation system for the entire park

The park’s ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on September 22, 2017, with a marching band, cultural dancing, and numerous food and specialty booths tucked between the stately palms on Walnut Avenue. Walnut Avenue was designed to be an extension of the park with community celebrations, farmers’ markets, art fairs, and other special events located on the newly opened street.

Hanford General Plan Update, EIR, Zoning Ordinance Update, Subdivision Ordinance Update & Infrastructure Master Plans

City of Hanford, CA

Hanford General Plan Update

Due in large part to the success of QK’s APA award-winning Hanford Downtown East Precise Plan and our team’s experience with the preparation of policy documents, the team of QK and Zumwalt-Hansen & Associates was selected to prepare a comprehensive General Plan (GP), Zoning Ordinance (ZO) and subdivision ordinance update, as well as the supporting environmental review/reports for the City of Hanford.

The purpose of a General Plan Update is to serve the City for the next 20 years, comply with state, local, and federal regulations, and provide the community with a vision for the City’s future, as well as guidelines for the way land will be developed and used. QK led the public outreach efforts and guided the discussion with the Citizen’s Advisory Committee and led several key discussions about the Citizens’ wants and needs for the GP. Those discussions led to actual policies in the GP.

Four important and distinctive features included:

  • Goals, objectives, policies, and programs for elements in land use and community design; transportation and circulation; open space, conservation, and recreation; health and safety; public facilities and services and environmental justice;
  • An extensive public engagement/outreach program including a city-wide bus tour and 14 meetings with the 20-person Citizen’s Advisory Committee;
  • Preparation of a program-level Environmental Impact Report (EIR);
  • A ZO update that reflected the City’s desire for a “Red Carpet, not Red Tape” approach.

Development of the GP and the ZO coincided with the construction phases for the California High-Speed Rail, recent State laws like Senate Bill 375, California’s Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act and regional planning efforts like the San Joaquin Valley Blueprint. The GP and the ZO reflect the new State laws as well as changes in housing preferences. The EIR was certified, and the General Plan and ZO were adopted by the City Council in April 2017.

As an extension of the GP/ZO update process, QK concurrently prepared the Infrastructure Master Plans for sanitary sewer, potable water, and storm drainage. By including these Master Plans into the scope of the overall project, infrastructure planning occurred simultaneously with the GP update process. This proactive strategy eliminated a problem that too often plagues cities; a GP update identifies areas for development, and then later it’s discovered that the City cannot efficiently provide services.

Throughout the project, QK also provided grant writing support in coordination with components of the GP. The grant writing team was successful in procuring nearly a quarter-million dollars of funding early in the process that helped reduce the need for using general funds to finance the GP update.