Current Openings

Specific Plan Writer – PLANNER II | Costa Mesa


We are seeking a full-time Specific Plan Writer – Planner II for our Costa Mesa office.

Urban Arena is a multi-disciplinary firm on the cutting edge of architecture, landscape architecture, planning, & design. With offices in Costa Mesa, San Diego, and Oakland, UA attracts a diverse group of professionals working on a range of projects from urban villages, retail & entertainment centers, model homes, master-planned residential communities, high-density housing, and sports complexes.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Develop and write Specific Plan documents to compliment Urban Arena’s Master Planning
  • Communicate effectively with Clients, City and County staff, consultants, and other team members
  • Create and develop exhibits that define the character and quality of community lifestyle amenities, signage, streetscape, and architectural style
  • Communicate and understand water quality coordination with civil engineer
  • Assist site planning staff on product development and master planning guidelines and exhibits

Key Knowledge, Skills, And Other Abilities:

  • Client-facing skills
  • Experience with SEQA, EIR documents, QUIMBY, and other development legal obstacles through entitlement
  • Management skills such as multitasking, organization, time management, writing etiquette, and professionalism
  • Experience with AutoCAD
  • Experience with InDesign or other Specific Plan layout programs
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite programs

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Minimum 2 years of working experience in writing and developing Specific Plans
  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in A&E, Urban Planning, or Regional Planning


  • Medical, dental, vision, and basic life AD&D insurance
  • 401(k)
  • Alternative work schedule of in-office Monday-Thursday, 7:30 am to 5:30 pm, and every Friday 8 am to 12 pm; after 90 days of employment, will be given an additional remote workday
  • Pay Range: $80k-$100k based on experience

How to Apply – All Positions Above:

Please email resume with position name you are applying for in the subject line and attach portfolio to: No phone calls or drop-ins please.