Senior Planner

Belt Collins Hawaii LLC

Honolulu, HI United States

Primary Purpose:

Works with both public and private sector clients in obtaining land use entitlements and permits required for development. Works with a team on planning projects and prepares related documents including applications, permit forms, physical plans and environmental documents under the direction of a Planning Project Manager and the Director of Planning.

Essential Duties/Functions:

  • Prepare (research and write) and format technical and feasibility reports up to the final submittal stage and assist with compiling the draft and final reports; assist in directing and reviewing the preparation of reports and records by Planning Department staff.
  • Coordinate with local planning and regulatory agencies to understand requirements, procedures and timelines.
  • Identify potential owner and community concerns related to the development plans.
  • Prepare Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Statements based on HRS Chapter 343 (as amended) or NEPA.
  • Assist in the preparation of physical plans.
  • Apply professional competence with specialized knowledge of land use planning, community planning, and facility planning.
  • Prepare permit applications, such as:
  • Section 404 Department of Army (DA) Permit;
  • Section 10 DA Nationwide Permit;
  • Section 401 State Department of Health Water Quality Certification;
  • National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit;
  • Special Management Area (SMA) permit;
  • Shoreline Setback Variance (SSV);
  • Conservation District Use Permit (CDUA);
  • Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Consistency Review; and,
  • Other permits that may be required for the project.
  • Represents the company in public meetings and meetings of the Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, and with individuals or community groups as required.
  • Develop technical studies to address issues such as siting, space optimization, area development, alternative courses of action, and project requirements.
  • Participates in conferences and meetings involving departmental programs and functions.
  • Speak effectively to individuals and groups and conduct investigations and meetings with property owners and clients.
  • Maintain cooperative relationships with government agencies, civil organizations and the public.

Other Duties and Functions

Perform other duties as assigned to meet business needs.

Qualification Requirements:


  • Principles, practices, purposes, scope and techniques of various phases of land use planning, and the preparation, maintenance and operation of a comprehensive plan for the improvement and development of a diversified urban and suburban jurisdiction.
  • Current trends in Federal, State and local planning as they affect land use planning.
  • Knowledge of planning practices and procedures.
  • Familiarity with urban, regional, and rural planning principles.
  • Familiarity with GIS tools in support of technical analyses.
  • Familiarity with real estate terminology, laws, practices, principles and regulations.
  • Familiarity with economic and social aspects and implications of city planning.
  • Familiarity with federal, state and local laws and ordinances relating to planning, zoning, land subdivision, and redevelopment.
  • Problem-solving, negotiation and organizational skills.
  • Written and oral communication skills, including the editing, oversight or preparation of technical reports, and the presentation of information to clients, government entities and various committees.
  • Interpersonal and public relations skills to work effectively with clients, co-workers, government officials, other customers, and community organizations.
  • Experience implementing public involvement plans and/or managing public comments preferred.
  • Experience working in diverse settings.
  • Experience and understanding with laws, rules and regulations pertaining to land use and planning within the local community.
  • Knowledge of Local culture preferred.
  • Work with the graphics designer to prepare graphics for reports or presentation purposes
  • Review and comment on special studies required for a project, such as biological reports, archaeological or cultural reports, traffic studies, infrastructure studies, and other studies as may be required for the project.
  • Valid driver’s license.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with specialization in city planning, architecture, engineering, economics, sociology, geography, public administration or a related field.
  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Urban/Regional Planning or related field, preferred.
  • Certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners preferred.


  • Combination of education and experience substantially equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with specialization in city planning, architecture, engineering, economics, sociology, geography, public administration or a related field.
  • At least five years of professional experience in city planning or related planning activities, of which a minimum of three of those years must be on projects which native Hawaiian culture was the foundation of planning and design.

Working Conditions:

  • Monday through Friday. Evening and weekends as needed.
  • Occasional travel or site visits may be required.

Tools and Technology Used:

  • Desktop computer
  • Presentation software
  • Spreadsheet and word processing software

Mental Requirements:

  • Requires alertness to respond to audio and visual cues from the environment, including computers, calculators, telephone systems and other staff members.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, projects, and schedules.
  • Ability to respond quickly to rush projects, multiple deadlines or emergencies.

Physical Requirements:

  • Requires sitting in office chair and typing on keyboard for periods of up to two hours without a break.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally, in writing, and over the telephone.
  • Occasionally requires bending and lifting/transporting of moderately heavy objects (up to 30 pounds).
  • Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard, mouse, power tools, handle other computer components, and other digital devices.
  • Requires alertness to respond to audio and visual cues from the environment, including computers, calculators, telephone systems and other staff members.
  • General vision, hearing, speech, walking, and standing required. Turning, twisting, kneeling, and bending performed.

Belt Collins Hawaii is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, gender identity and expression, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, genetic information, marital status, breastfeeding, income assignment for child support, arrest and court record (except as permissible under State law), sexual orientation, domestic or sexual violence victim status, national guard absence, or status as a covered veteran.

Employment is contingent on satisfying employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 and reference checks.

All information collected is for recruitment purposes only.


Experience Level
Mid II (4-8 years)
AICP Level
Land Use and Development Regulation and Zoning
Salary Range

Contact Information

2153 North King St.
Suite #200
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