The Planning and Redevelopment Director directs all department work products and operations while ensuring compliance to all applicable laws, policies and regulations. The Planning and Redevelopment Department’s functions include long-range and short-range planning; CRA, building, and floodplain administration; and code enforcement. The Director works under the administrative direction of the City Manager’s Office.
Essential Job Functions:
(Essential job functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list of tasks is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class.)
• Directs, plans, and supervises multiple divisions, functions, and programs of the Planning and Redevelopment Department, including personnel, budget and manpower estimates, functional organizational units within the department and designates personnel to serve such units; performs related work as required.
• Directs and manages the activities of the department in the enforcement of laws and regulations relating to building matters and City liaison to Pinellas County Building Services.
• Responsible for interpreting and enforcing the City's Land Development Regulations, Code of Ordinances, and Comprehensive Plan.
• Periodically reviews and make recommendations for improvements to the City's Land Development Code, Comprehensive Plan, and other policies, plans and regulations.
• Directs the long-range planning function which is designed to produce and maintain a meaningful and implementable comprehensive plan for development of the City, including meeting all regulatory requirements pursuant to Chapter 163, Florida Statutes.
• Ensures all regulatory compliance of the Department’s functions and responsibilities.
• Directs the review of planning proposals, including Comprehensive Plan map and text amendments, Land Development Code amendments, zoning map and text amendments, annexation and development plan review requests.
• Identify strategies that will solve problems; expedite answers to questions posed by citizens, developers and boards, facilitate the development process to the greatest extent possible within the confines of City regulations.
• Serves as director of staff to the City's Planning Board, Board of Adjustment, Code Enforcement Board, Community Redevelopment Agency, and other such planning Boards which may be established by the City Manager or the City Council.
• City liaison at public meetings, planning and related conferences and meetings and works with governmental agencies with regard to planning and related activities in the development, hearing and implementation of pertinent state and federal regulations.
• Directs and supervises the gathering of information, preparation of formal reports and oral presentations, assists in preparations of federal and state grant and other funding applications and determines the priority of specific projects in accordance with their necessity and desirability and the time limits set for completion.
• Performs administrative duties such as budget preparation and monitoring, contracting for services, purchasing/bidding, and personnel functions to include interviewing, hiring, supervising, mentoring, evaluating, disciplining, payroll, staff meetings, etc.
• Writes, reviews, and edits official documents.
• Acts as technical advisor to other department heads and similar officials on planning matters.
• Attends and conducts various meetings.
• Performs other 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.)
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Knowledge of Florida Growth Management Act and Administrative Rules, land use law.
• Knowledge of local development regulations.
• Knowledge of building permit process.
• Ability to think logically, conceptually.
• Ability to communicate in writing and orally.
• Skill in basic computer applications.
• Skill in writing reports, resolutions and official documents.
Education and Experience:
• Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's Degree in Urban Planning or a related field.
• Seven (7) years in land use planning with three (3) years in supervisory role.
(A comparable amount of training or experience may be substituted for the minimum qualifications.)
Licenses, Certifications or Registrations:
• American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Certification.
• State of 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.
• Works inside in an office environment.
(Reasonable accommodations will be made for otherwise qualified individuals with a disability.)