Location: Bradenton, FL

Senior Planner

Salary: $53,789 - $80,683

The senior planner provides professional planning support for the City’s planning operations that include current and long range planning activities. Essential duties are to review development applications for compliance with codes and ordinances, assist customers with development questions, perform site visits, research, prepare and present staff reports for public hearings. Project applications include but are not limited to site plan review, special use permits, variances, re-zonings, annexations, and comprehensive plan amendments.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinates long range, comprehensive planning efforts for the City of Bradenton.
  • Conducts a wide range of planning studies for the City.
  • Conducts zoning inspections.
  • Coordinates, reviews, and recommends revisions to land-use codes and related ordinances.
  • Researches, compiles, interprets, and analyzes a variety of information and statistical data and materials.
  • Works closely with the public to gather input and develop consensus on planning projects and initiatives.
  • Conducts land use, demographic, economic, and other research activities on a broad range of community and planning subjects.
  • Prepares technical reports and presents findings and recommendations before the City Council and Planning Commission,
  • Seeks grant and other funding opportunities.
  • Updates the department web page as needed.
  • Assists in GIS/mapping responsibilities for the department and other city departments as needed.
  • Coordinates with the building and code enforcement divisions.
  • Reviews development projects for compliance with the Comprehensive Plan, Land Use Regulations, and Form Based Code, including but not limited to site plan review, plat review, re-zonings, comprehensive plan amendments, variances, special uses, etc.
  • Coordinates City historic preservation efforts.
  • Responds to citizen complaints, requests, and inquirers in an appropriate manner.
  • Represents the Department and the City in interdepartmental and inter-jurisdictional settings.
  • Acts as a liaison to local/regional planning organizations as needed.
  • Ensures compliance with all City and Departmental values, policies, procedures, and philosophies. Maintains ethical standards of the city and the American Institute of Certified Planners.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with professional colleagues.
  • Other projects and duties as assigned.

Skills and Physical Abilities Required

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and follow-up with assignments with minimal direction.
  • Knowledge of planning principles, practices, and procedures.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work with minimum supervision and specific direction, the skill to identify potential needs and problems, and the ability to suggest workable solutions.
  • High degree of public contact including skills necessary to work effectively with demanding groups and individuals.
  • Ability to coordinate multiple projects.
  • Skilled and experienced in project management.
  • Experience in facilitation and mediation.
  • Experience in public sector planning.
  • Must be able to develop good working relationships with other governmental agencies, attorneys, consultants, civic and business leaders, as well as with the general public.
  • May be required to sit or stand for extended periods of time. Works mostly indoors in an office environment; occasionally outdoors in a variety of weather conditions conducting zoning inspections. Driving is required for this position. Must be team-oriented. Light to medium lifting required

Computer Equipment and Software Requirements
Proficiency in MS Office applications – word processing, spreadsheet and database programs, and PowerPoint presentations. ArcGIS capabilities desirable. Additionally, must be able to read maps, site plans, floor plans, and blueprints, use a calculator, engineering and architectural scales, phone, copy, and fax machine; general office machines, equipment, and tools. Must be able to learn the MUNIS Permit Tracking System.

Education and Experience Preferred and Required
Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in planning, architecture, urban design, geography, or related field is required. Minimum of four (4) years of experience in professional planning is required. A master’s degree in Urban Planning is highly preferred and can substitute up to two years of professional experience. Current planning (Development Review) experience is required. American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) preferred. GIS experience preferred. Experience in interpreting and implementing a Form Based Code preferred. Completion of the 3 course certificate in form based coding from the Form Based Code Institute is highly desired; Completion of the Form Based Code 101 course is required within 6 months of hire date. Ability to operate a city-owned motor vehicle is required. Valid Florida driver’s license with acceptable driving record or the ability to obtain one is required.

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