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Planner

DEPARTMENT: Planning & Community Development
REPORTS TO: Planning & Community Development Director
SUPERVISES: None
FLSA: Exempt

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:
Professional planning work in carrying out research projects related to planning and development; conducting independent studies; reviewing development applications, such as site plans, re-zonings, and comprehensive plan amendments, for consistency with applicable regulations; preparing staff reports and presenting such reports to the Planning & Zoning Board and City Commission. Work is performed under the general direction of the Planning & Community Development Director.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Assists in the development of procedures and methodologies for information systems; creates and maintains databases; prepares and updates all map series for the department, including, but not limited to the Future Land Use and Zoning Atlas; communicates actions to regulatory agencies, as required.
Issues zoning determinations for consistency with the Land Development Regulations; recommends revisions to Zoning Atlas; ensures Zoning Atlas is current and up to date.
Prepares agendas and supporting materials for Planning & Zoning Board (Local Planning Agency), Commission appointed committees, and Board of Adjustment.
Prepares agendas for Board of Adjustment on special exceptions and variances.
Prepares staff reports with recommendations and presents them to the Local Planning Agency at publicized Board meetings and to the City Commission during public hearings for citizen comment and Commission approvals.
Oversees public notice requirements on land use actions; ensures that proper notice is provided and that published content is correct in accordance with Florida Statutes.
Assists with the update and maintenance of the Comprehensive Plan; writes plan elements and text amendments.
Assists with the update and maintenance of the Land Development Regulations.
Collects, compiles, and analyzes data from a variety of sources to support amendments to the Comprehensive Plan.
Assists with the evaluation and appraisal of the Comprehensive Plan.
Reviews applicant and staff initiated requests for both small and large-scale amendments to the Comprehensive Plan for consistency; coordinates process throughout the City; communicates legislative actions to Department of Economic Opportunity, Regional Planning Council, and affected and interested parties.
Coordinates Development Review Process with applicants, developers, agents, and the general public; reviews applications for completeness.
Evaluates development and land use proposals for consistency with both the Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Regulations.
Communicates final actions of the Local Planning Agency and City Commission to applicants, agents, and affected and interested parties.
Prepares ordinances and resolutions for Commission consideration.
Prepares position papers on a variety of subject-matter as requested.
Tracks projections on populations and other community indicators.
Performs related work as required
(These essential job functions are not to be construed as a complete statement of all duties performed. Employees will be required to perform other job related marginal duties as required.)

MINIMUM Qualifications:
KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS
Knowledge of the planning principles and practices as applied to the collection of community planning data and in the preparation of community planning reports and studies, in both graphic and written form. Knowledge of the principles and practices of civil engineering and architecture as applied to public planning. Knowledge of economics, municipal finance, and sociology as applied to public planning. Ability to direct and participate in complex planning studies and to analyze information and formulate substantive recommendations based upon such studies. Ability to interpret laws, rules and regulations. Ability to direct work of others and present ideas and findings clearly and concisely in writing, orally or graphic form. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with division heads, outside agencies and the general public.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Urban Planning, Government, Law, Engineering, Urban Design, Economics, Social Science, Geography, Statistics or a related field. Two (2) years of professional work experience in urban planning.
(A comparable amount of training, education or experience can be substituted for the minimum qualifications.)

LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS OR REGISTRATIONS
Valid Florida Driver's License.

ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL SKILLS:
Acceptable eyesight (with or without correction).
Acceptable hearing (with or without hearing aid).
Ability to communicate both orally and in writing.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS:
Works inside in an office environment with occasional outside site visits.
(Reasonable accommodations will be made in accordance with existing ADA requirements for otherwise qualified individuals with a disability.)


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