Department: Community Development
Job Status: Full-Time
Days: Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri.
Rate of Pay: $73,164.67 – $118,892.60
Status: Accepting Applications – APPY HERE
Responsible for managing the Planning and Zoning Division of the Community Development Department. Position manages regulatory and permitting requirements for development projects and applications for the City of Apopka, including site plans, subdivision plans, master planned development, development agreements special exception, variance processes. Position coordinates with technical and professional staff reporting to this position as well as with staff for City departments and division as wells as expert consultants for the City and other local, county and state government agencies. This position is responsible for ensuring that development projects meet all requirements for the Land Development Code and Comprehensive Plan. Directs professional planning work including intake and processing of development applications and proposals; regulating existing and planned commercial and residential development; issuing development plan approvals; and executing long-range planning initiatives. Exercises diplomacy and courtesy in communicating with the public. Supervises Planning and Zoning Division staff. Work is performed with considerable independence under the general supervision of the Community Development Director.
Essential Job Functions
Manages the workflow for the Planning and Zoning Division. Delegates assignments to the division’s staff and supervises the draft of agenda items for public hearing requests for development applications, zoning verifications, annexations, re-zonings, comprehensive plan amendments, special exception permits, variances, street addressing, and right-of-way vacations. Writes and reviews staff reports, creates related exhibits and makes recommendations.
Presents applicant requests before the Planning Commission and City Council. Creates and makes presentations on planning topics at meetings and workshops. Attends evening meetings and occasional weekend events.
Drafts Development Agreements and coordinates inclusion of conditions from other divisions and departments.
Directs the development and implementation of long-range planning activities including updating and maintaining the comprehensive plan and preparing evaluation and appraisal reports.
Reviews site plans for conformance with City regulations. Reviews landscape plans for adherence to City code. Conducts site inspections.
Meets with property owners and development interests to discuss proposals. Leads the weekly DRC Development Review Committee meeting with applicants and City department representatives.
Serves as liaison with Orange County Growth Management staff, Orange County Public Schools, and abutting cities and counties. Reviews development proposals for consistency with City requirements and provides comments to Orange County staff.
Coordinates projects with local, state and federal agencies, as well as other municipal governments. Represents the City on planning-related boards. Keeps current on pending legislation and regulatory rule changes.
Conducts research studies, analyzes technical data and makes recommendations. Researches current trends in planning and code language.
Encourages staff development and training opportunities. Conducts annual performance evaluations with the Community Development Director and schedules quarterly meetings to share information and address concerns. Encourages staff participation in professional organizations and in seeking accreditation. Leads annual planning staff retreat.
Directs updates to the City’s land development regulations. Interprets and applies code requirements and processes needed to amend and support the City’s community vision, brand and plans.
Facilitates open communication with the public regarding planning and development issues. Provides input on updates to website content for the department’s page. Receives and responds to concerns, complaints and requests for assistance.
Maintains a positive, proactive relationship with the Planning Commission. Meets with board members as needed to share ideas and address concerns.
Supports the department director in developing and promoting job growth and sustainable development.
Assists director in promoting a culture of customer service, culture of continuous process improvement and a culture of learning. Establishes and maintains an effective working relationship with co-workers, subordinates, other agencies, and the public.
Knowledgeable or experienced in applied technology such as GIS, electronic permitting software, and similar other emerging technologies creating efficiencies in the work place.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in urban planning or related field.
An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered, provided that the education and experience is in a relevant and related field.
Licenses, Certifications, and/or Registrations:
American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification preferred
Certified Public Manager (CPM) certification preferred
Valid Florida Driver’s License
Continual light work and occasional heavy work. Requires frequent walking and standing, climbing, stooping, reaching, bending, good finger/hand dexterity and hand/eye coordination, good eyesight, hearing and speech, and regular driving of vehicle.
Works inside an environmentally controlled space, but will intermittently work in adverse environmental conditions (e.g., heat, cold, and rain) for moderate periods of time.
The City of Apopka is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to achieving excellence and strength through diversity. The City seeks a wide range of applicants for its positions so that one of our core values, a qualified and diverse workforce, will be affirmed. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance requires the City to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are invited to discuss accommodations.