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Community and Regional Planner (Planner I or II), Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, Peoria, IL

Tri-County Regional Planning Commission (Tri-County or TCRPC) serves Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties in central Illinois. The primary function of Tri-County is to study the needs and conditions of our region and to develop strategies that enhance the region’s communities. Additionally, TCRPC serves as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), which supports regional short- and long-term transportation planning needs. Tri-County offers a friendly work atmosphere with open communications for cooperative decision-making and opportunities to work individually and in team settings on transportation, land use, and environmental projects throughout the tri-county region.

Job Summary

Tri-County seeks a full-time Community and Regional Planner to aid with integrated planning and implementation projects. Primary job responsibilities involve helping execute transit planning work and long-range planning work programs with direction from senior staff. Examples of the varied work produced by staff are available for review on TCRPC’s website.

Job Duties

  • Become a collaborative part of the planning team by researching, organizing, and completing existing programmed projects and providing input regarding project development.

  • Participate in transportation planning (MPO) and assist with community, environmental, and land use projects.

  • Participate in transit planning to support TCRPC’s work program and partners’ various transit planning needs.

  • Provide planning and data analysis support to existing planning projects, such as the Regional Active Transportation Plan, Long-Range Transportation Plan, etc.

  • Collect and analyze data, such as demographic, economic, and land use, pertinent to long-range planning initiatives.

  • Assist in the implementation of various planning projects.

  • Assist in the procurement process for consultant-led projects

  • Assist with and prepare maps and written materials for various planning projects.

  • Assist in the development and update of comprehensive plans for local jurisdictions.

  • Attend Commission, Technical, Human Service Transportation Plan (HSTP), and other meetings as needed or assigned to provide technical support and/or present information regarding the proposed planning materials and programs.

  • Help with public outreach activities, including the monthly newsletter, social media posts, and project-specific events.

  • Assist in the update of the Commission website (no experience necessary).

  • Stay current with Community and Regional Planning industry innovations and trends.


This position requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in urban planning, geography, engineering, or a related field. The level at which this position is filled will be based on an individual’s qualifications and experience. Candidates must be detail-oriented and organized, skilled in verbal and written communication, and able to work in a team setting and on multiple projects. Prior local government or MPO experience and project management skills, including budgeting, are beneficial. Basic knowledge of ArcGIS, Adobe InDesign, and other graphic applications is helpful.

Compensation & Benefits

Salary is based on experience and capabilities, with a starting range of $45,000 - $53,000 for a 35-hour work week (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., with a one-hour lunch). Excellent benefits package, including health, dental, and vision insurance, with optional health savings account; life insurance; short-term disability insurance; 457b deferred compensation retirement (Tri-County is in the process of applying to participate in the IMRF pension plan); and paid time off, including holiday, vacation, personal, and sick leave.

To Apply

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Interested candidates are encouraged to submit a letter of interest summarizing relevant experience and professional goals, a resume, and the names and contact information for three references via email to or via mail to TCRPC, 456 Fulton Street, Suite 401, Peoria, Illinois 61602. 

TCRPC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Candidates must be able to work legally in the United States.

Open Until Filled

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