Location: Clearwater, Florida

Planning Manager-Long Range

Salary: See Posting Description

Opening Date: 5/21/2020

Closing Date: Continuous

Posting Description:

Target Entry Salary: $70,436.18 - $73,957.99


First review of applications will be conducted the week of June 8, 2020

Under limited direction; the Planning Manager supervises, manages, and oversees the City's Development Review and/or Long-Range Planning personnel. Evaluates site plans, permits, land development applications, and rezonings for consistency with the Community Development Code and Comprehensive Plan. Prepares special area plans, manages the Comprehensive Plan, and writes regulations and amendments for the Community Development Code.

Essential Functions: -- Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Participates in and manages complex professional planning projects, research and analysis.
  • Prepares planning information and presents at City Council; provides quality control for agenda items and other documents prepared by staff.
  • Provides extensive and professional customer service for the general public, city staff, elected officials, and outside professionals.
  • Communicates regulations clearly and concisely to lay groups and the general public; assists applicants, owners, and others through permitting and applications; disseminates information, prepares reports, and communicates extensively through the process of planning and development; participates in meetings, public hearings, pre-application meetings, and plan reviews to ensure compliance with regulations.
  • Gathers, compiles, researches, and uses data for analysis and to answer Council concerns.
  • Advises and represents the department and City at various internal and countywide committees, boards and stakeholder groups on planning and related issues as needed.
  • Develops goals and objectives; makes work assignments; provides technical assistance, mentoring and coaching to assigned staff to accomplish goals and objectives; provides reviews, feedback, and analysis of work products.
  • Participates in the selection, placement, promotion, training, appraisal, and discipline of assigned personnel.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Long Range

  • Manages, oversees, and performs extensive and large-scale planning activities for the City; recommends and prepares amendments to the Community Development Code and other City plans as needed.
  • Oversees transportation planning, neighborhoods and placemaking programs; coordinates the resolution of barriers/problems to implementation with other City departments and governmental agencies.
  • Manages annexations, land use plan amendments, re-zonings, development agreements, and other development applications.
  • Conducts community outreach, public presentations, and other forms of citizen involvement to support long range planning projects and initiatives.

Licenses, Certifications, and Equipment:

  • A valid State driver's license is required.
  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification is preferred. 

Education and Experience:
Master's Degree in Planning or a related field AND five (5) years of experience in the field of public planning; OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience may be considered.

Knowledge of –

  • Modern principles and practices of municipal planning and urban design and long-range planning activities
  • Planning review, research, and customer service
  • Economics, urban sociology, zoning, and the principles and practices of architecture
  • Building practices and building ordinances
  • Comprehensive plan, community development code, and state statutes
  • Construction, landscaping, landscape architecture
  • Arboriculture, tree preservation, tree risk assessment
  • Project Management and managing planning and development activities
  • Computer systems and related programs
  • Report development and presentation
  • General office policies and procedures
  • Computers and general office equipment

Skill in –

  • Understanding zoning ordinances and other regulations
  • Reading and interpreting plans, blueprints
  • Reviewing plans and recommending changes and updates
  • Evaluating, developing, and implementing the Comprehensive City Plan
  • Identifying and preparing land use and zoning amendments
  • Analyzing data and applying information to zoning, urban design, and other planning activities
  • Managing multiple projects or assignments concurrently
  • Analyzing complex planning problems, developing innovative solutions, and making recommendations and independent decisions
  • Communicating effectively, verbally and in writing
  • Speaking publicly and at meetings
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships
  • Working at a high level of organizational, interpersonal, and management skill sets
  • Operating a computer and related software

The City of Clearwater is Equal Opportunity Employer