Under the direction of the Planning, Zoning and Building Director, with considerable independent judgment and initiative in carrying out organizational objectives, performs current and comprehensive planning, assists with formulation of land development codes, performs zoning and development review, and conducts special planning studies. The position interprets and implements land use regulations, codes and ordinances for the planning and development of the Town. The Planner evaluates development projects for appropriate policy implementation of the Comprehensive Plan and reviews conformance with adopted ordinances and regulations.
Consults with the public on a daily basis regarding questions about the Town of Longboat Key Comprehensive Plan, Land Development Code, Flood Ordinance and other applicable codes..
Conducts zoning compliance review for building permit applications and other applications.
Researches and develops elements of the Town’s Comprehensive Plan; administers planning and development processes.
Serves as the liaison with other governmental agencies regarding planning programs, projects, and issues; coordinates and negotiates with other government agencies to develop and implement planning programs; participates in regional planning efforts.
Reviews zoning applications, site plans, landscape plans etc. for compliance with Comprehensive Plan, Land Development Code and other applicable codes and makes recommendation to advisory or approval boards.
Writes ordinances and resolutions related to zoning and land use. Researches and prepares staff reports to the Planning and Zoning Board, Zoning Board of Adjustments, and the Town Commission with explicit technical information of requirements involving planning, zoning, land use and development approval processes; reports significant land use issues.
Attends planning advisory board meetings and makes presentations; attends Town Commission and other meetings, makes planning presentations, as required.
Conducts land use inventories of the Town and maintains maps; may supervise technical employees in the maintenance and collection of planning data.
Maintains and updates Future Land Use Map and Zoning Map; creates maps for zoning cases and other departmental and inter-departmental needs.
Compiles reports concerning special problems areas and develops programs to provide solutions.
Collects and analyzes data pertaining to specialized planning areas such as housing historical data, economics or related areas.
Reviews, evaluates, and approves/denies proposals for development, e.g., structural development, change of land use, code and plan amendments/rezoning, conditional uses, variances, vegetation, wastewater, traffic, zone boundary determinations.
Advises the public (e.g., residents, property owners, potential land and home buyers, developers, attorneys, architects, engineers, surveyors, appraisers) in interpreting planning, zoning, and land use policies and procedures in compliance with Town codes, regulations, and ordinances; provides professional planning and development support to attorneys, contractors, developers, realtors, engineers, architects, appraisers, property owners, etc.
Researches and issues land use interpretations of Town codes, local, state and federal laws and regulations; performs research related to the Land Development Code and other land development regulations, as it pertains to proposed amendments.
Participates in research and evaluation economic concerns, demographics, subdivision regulations, zoning ordinances, capital improvement programs, land use, economic base, traffic and transportation systems, utility systems, community facilities, population, housing, park and recreation; reports results to various planning commissions, town councils, and other local, state and federal governmental agencies.
Answers questions and informs the public in regards to the Town’s Flood Insurance Rate Maps and the National Flood Insurance Program; may review and maintain records for the Community Rating System (CRS).
Conducts field/construction site inspections to determine compliance with all applicable land development codes, zoning regulations and ordinances.
Performs general administrative duties relative to the work, e.g., data analysis, data entry, records maintenance, drafts various documents.
Performs related duties and special projects as deemed necessary by the Town and communicated to the employee by his/her supervisor or department head.
Assists the Director in the overall programs and may be assigned to coordinate a segment of the Comprehensive Plan, Land Development Code or other project.
Report to work as required in response to a storm or natural disaster and regular attendance during normal work schedule other than excused or job related absences.
Every incidental duty connected with this position cannot be specified in the job description. As an employee at the discretion of the Town, may be required to perform duties that are not included in this job description.
JOB PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES
Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of urban and regional planning, as well as federal, state, and local rules, regulations, ordinances, and other regulatory standards applicable to the work. Knowledge of special issues related to coastal planning and construction. Knowledge of and experience with the objectives associated with both long- and short-range planning initiatives. Experience writing and rewriting Comprehensive Plans and Land Development Codes. Knowledge current resources applicable to the functions for technical research purposes and special projects. Ability to interpret rules, regulations, and policies for effective decision-making in accordance with established precedent. Interpersonal, leadership, planning and management skills; must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills. Skill in researching, compiling, and summarizing statistical data and information materials. Proficiency in creating maps utilizing ESRI Geographic’s Information System (GIS) programs. Ability to utilize personal computers, standard office equipment and standard software applications, e.g., Microsoft Office and Outlook programs, word processors, database software, spreadsheet applications. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and communications with internal and external customers, industry professionals, co-workers, outside governmental representatives (at the local, state, and federal levels) and the public. Ability to organize work, establish priorities, meet established deadlines, and follow up on assignments with a minimum of direction. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
Work is performed in a variety of locations, inside and outside, as required. While performing the essential functions of this position the employee is rarely exposed to disagreeable environmental factors.
PREFERRED: Masters degree in urban planning or related field, such as landscape architecture, environmental studies, or architecture. American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) membership. At least two (2) years of related experience working for a municipal or county government.
REQUIRED: Bachelor’s Degree in Planning or related field; supplemented by two (2) to five (5) years responsible professional planning experience in both comprehensive planning and current development review; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Demonstrated proficiency in mapping and related activities utilizing GIS programs.
The Town of Longboat Key is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with Equal Employment Opportunity guidelines and the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Town of Longboat Key provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.
The Town is a Drug Free Workplace, in compliance with the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988, in § 440.102, FS and Rules 59A-24 F.A.C. (Florida Administrative Code). State and federal laws and regulations may subject certain employees to additional drug testing requirements. Any employee who violates the program is subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination.