Tyler Valentine, Senior Planner for the Town of Jackson, joins Del Ray this week on KJAX (93.5 FM)for the "This is Our Town" interview. Listen in each Wednesday at 8:30am (and again at 6:00pm on KMTN) for insight into the employees that help make our community such a great place to live and work.
Tyler joined the Town of Jackson's Planning and Building Department in July of 2014. He graduated from California Polytechnic University in Pomona, California with a degree in Urban Planning. Prior to coming on board with the Town of Jackson he worked as a Planning Consultant in Bellflower, California and as an Assistant Planner for Villa Park, California.
In addition to wearing his planning hat at the Town of Jackson, he also holds a CDL and drives for START Bus when they are in need of extra drivers in the winter months. He’s that guy who goes wherever there is a need! Willing to help out no matter what!
In August Tyler received his AICP certification. This is a certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners….and it’s a big deal in the planning profession.
How did you get involved in this line of work?
A: I wanted to be an architect. I was taking drafting classes in high school. Cal Poly had a great program, but it had a 1 year waiting period followed by a stringent 5 year program, which I would have had to take 6 years because I also worked 5-6 nights week as a waiter. But a friend told me about Urban Planning and how I could still be involved in development, but from a different perspective. It took many years to get my first full time job because I graduated in 2009, and local cities were broke due to the recession. I volunteered for 3 years until I got my first paid internship. From there things took off.
What’s your background?
A: Born in Whittier, California, which is in LA County. I love the outdoors and always knew I was going to leave California. So after working for 4-5 years I starting looking in Montana, Colorado, Utah, Idaho etc…Found this job on Indeed.com. Flew out for an interview and the rest is history.
What does your job entail? What does a “typical” day look like?
A: Its split 80/20: 80 being current planning and 20 being long range. Our Land Development Regulations regulate what you can and cannot do on any property within town limits. So a typical day is reviewing current development applications that might go to a public hearing or straight to building permit, we take daily calls and emails from the general public, architects, engineers, realtors, developers and business owners regarding anything from a new business, to a home expansion, to a 50,000 sf mixed-use building. Basically any business and physical development comes through our department.
What are the most interesting things that you are working on in the Planning Department?
A: Since I’ve been at the Town, a year hasn’t gone by where there wasn’t something interesting going on, at least from the perspective of a planner. At the moment I’ve been busy with day-to-day stuff as I just previously described. But our currently planning is the mechanism for measuring our long range efforts and goals toward things like housing. So for me it’s interesting to watch our new regulations play out and discuss them internally to see what is working, what needs to be tweaked and what needs to go.