Principal Planner

Principal Planner

  • October 30, 2023


  • Supervises analysis of and evaluates development applications, variances, annexation and re-zoning requests, code amendments, planning studies and other planning and zoning-related applications for consistency with the comprehensive plan and/or land development regulations and surrounding uses; conducts site visits; prepares staff reports to include recommended action for each request and presents subsequent reports to the Planning Commission and Village Council; and communicates with applicants regarding the status of their requests.
  • Coordinates daily work activities of assigned personnel, monitors status of work in progress, inspects completed work and provides technical assistance as warranted.
  • Ensures adherence to established safety procedures by monitoring the work environment as well as the use of safety equipment and initiating any actions necessary to correct deviations or violations.
  • Interprets and applies state statutes, Village codes, comprehensive plan, ordinances, regulations, and resolutions pertaining to zoning, land use and site development.
  • Reviews all building permits, special permits, business tax receipt applications and related documents and drawings to ensure conformance with applicable zoning and other land development regulations.
  • Inspects construction and/or redevelopment for concurrence with relevant codes, ordinances, policies, and regulations.
  • Maintains demographic population information pertinent to the Village, reviews and examines population estimates and projections for the Village, and consults/coordinates with the Bureau of Economic & Business Research (BEBR), the leading source of statistical data about Florida, its cities and counties.
  • Coordinates re-submittal, sufficiency review and tracking of various development-related requests during required Village approval processes.
  • Responds to planning and development questions or complaints from residents, applicants, staff members, consultants, governmental agencies and other individuals/entities; researches the issues/concerns; and initiates problem resolution.
  • Attends, coordinates, and/or leads meetings as appropriate and makes presentations to advisory boards, homeowner organizations, intergovernmental committees, Village Council and other stakeholder groups.
  • Researches codes from other municipalities and the county as necessary and assists with revisions to Village code and land development regulations.
  • Prepares legal advertisements for newspapers and other publications; assists Village Attorney in formulating ordinances and resolutions for Village Council adoption; and assembles packets for Planning Commission, Zoning Board, and other development and planning-related meetings.
  • Receives, reviews, processes, or retains as needed a variety of reports and documents such as correspondence, insurance and application forms, architectural drawings, elevations, legal descriptions, plats, site and engineering plans and surveys, land use and zoning maps, aerial photographs, manuals, reference materials and technical reports.
  • Supervises, directs and evaluates assigned staff.


(The above list of essential functions is not meant to be all inclusive.   Other duties may be required and assigned.)



  • Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning or closely related field (Master’s degree preferred).
  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification preferred.
  • Five (5) years progressively responsible experience that includes comprehensive planning at the local government level, site plan review, local/state land use, zoning, urban planning, architectural review or code drafting and/or review (with supervisory/managerial experience preferred).
  • Strong public outreach, communication and organizational skills.
  • Firsthand knowledge of Florida’s growth management and community development principles and practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with and make presentations to the public, development community, governmental entities, and other groups and individuals.
  • Considerable experience in reading and interpreting planning documents, municipal codes, architectural drawings, site plans and other materials in order to conduct inspections and determine compliance.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze complex planning issues, consider multi-dimensional solutions and recommend viable courses of action.
  • Knowledge of current computing technologies and software applications appropriate to the position’s job responsibilities.
  • Valid State of Florida driver’s license.


Tasks require the ability to exert moderate physical effort in light work, typically involving some combination of stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling and may include lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of objects and materials of light to moderate weight (5-20 pounds).


Work is primarily performed in normal office conditions with infrequent exposure to adverse environmental conditions such as dirt, dust, pollen, wetness, humidity, rain, loud noise or traffic hazards.


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