• March 30, 2022

Performs professional work in urban design, zoning, land use and site planning.  Performs a variety of program or project planning activities that impact municipal development and include analyzing data and formulating and recommending plans and programs relevant to municipal conditions and needs. Oversees the work of the permit technician and the Certificate of Use program. Work is performed under the direction of the Principal Planner and is reviewed through conferences, reports submitted and results obtained.

Salary Range $ 57,010.10 – $91,216.11

  • Develop recommendations for site development plans and proposals to ensure soundness and relevance to municipal needs and plans, and compliance with applicable codes.
  • Review and approve building permits and sign permits for zoning compliance.
  • Approve certificates of occupancy for site plan compliance.
  • Approve Certificate of Use applications for zoning compliance.
  • Research codes of other municipalities as directed.
  • Answer public inquiries concerning signs, zoning and beautification.
  • Answer general day-to-day zoning questions via front counter, phone or email.
  • Respond to zoning verification and zoning violation letter request within the Department’s specified timeline.
  • Assist with neighborhood meetings as needed.
  • Process applications and requests for development orders, including but not limited to site plan applications, plats, abandonments, vacations, rezoning, land use plan amendments, variances, conditional use applications and technical deviations.
  • Collect and compile information relative to such planning assignments as land use, community/economic development, growth management, urban design, transportation, housing and zoning.
  • Conduct field surveys to take photographs and gather information for site plans; prepare pictorial and graphic presentation to be used for planning proposals.
  • Confer with local authorities, civic leaders, and planning and development specialists to provide technical assistance and advise and recommend arrangements of land and physical facilities for residential, commercial, industrial, and community uses.
  • Develop plans documenting existing conditions, needs, goals, objectives, policies, work programs, implementation strategies, and budgets; revise plans to address changing conditions and needs and to facilitate plan implementation.
  • Participate in meetings and public hearings to discuss plans and present the department’s recommendations.
  • Assist with special projects as assigned.
  • Perform all other related duties as required.


Typical Qualifications


Minimum Qualifications Required

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning or related field and at least three (3) years of experience in planning and zoning; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Preferred Qualifications 

Master’s Degree preferred.

American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification preferred


Skills, Work Environment and Hours


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of the principles of community and urban planning.
  • Knowledge of Federal and State laws relating to planning and urban development.
  • Knowledge of planning, mapping and graphic techniques.
  • Knowledge of techniques used in preparing, monitoring, and updating a long-range master plan.
  • Knowledge in the ability to use GIS.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining good working relationships with City employees and the public.
  • Skill in applying statistical tools in data.
  • Skill in preparing clear and concise written reports.
  • Skill in collecting, tabulating and analyzing demographic statistics.
  • Skill in working under the pressure of rigid and/or short work cycle.
  • Skill in prioritizing tasks and/or work assignments.
  • Skill in maintaining a degree of confidentiality.
  • Skill in drafting, cartography and preparation of visual materials used in City planning operations and group presentations.
  • Ability to explain and enforce City policies.
  • Ability to read and interpret construction drawings, site plans and city ordinances.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment, tact, and diplomacy in all public interaction.
  • Ability to speak to and maintain public confidence and interest.
  • Ability to work with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Physical Demands
The physical demands involve crawling, crouching, driving, far acuity, feeling, manual dexterity, handling, hearing, kneeling, lifting, mental acuity, near acuity, pulling, pushing, reaching, repetitive motion, speaking, standing, stooping, talking, visual acuity, and walking. May be required to exert up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Work Environment

The worker is subject to inside environmental conditions: protection from weather conditions but not necessarily from temperamental changes (i.e. warehouses, covered loading docks, garages, etc). The worker is subject to outside environmental conditions:  no effective protection from the weather. The employee works in a safe and secure work environment that may periodically have unpredicted requirements or demands.

Hours of Work: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm (Nights and weekend hours as required)

Emergency Management Responsibilities

Note: During emergency conditions, all City employees are automatically considered emergency service workers.  City employees are subject to being called to work in the event of a disaster, such as hurricane, or other emergency situations and are expected to perform emergency service duties as assigned.

*The City of Deerfield Beach values the service veterans and their family members have given to our country, and supports the hiring of returning service members and military spouses. *

*The City of Deerfield Beach is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer*