Senior Planner

  • April 23, 2023

The City of Port Orange is accepting applications for a Senior Planner.  Work is performed under the guidance of the Planning Manager.  Bachelor’s Degree and three years of experience preferred.  To apply online, please visit


Job Description:


This is a professional planning position responsible for significant planning of projects and review of complex development proposals, and for conducting independent studies in all aspects of community planning.



  • Reviews site plans, subdivisions, minor subdivisions, and proposed structures for compliance with the City’s development requirements.
  • Reviews impacts of proposed developments for compliance with local and state concurrency management requirements.
  • Reviews architectural design of buildings as part of site plan and building permit review.
  • Reviews applications and prepares various technical reports for amendments to the Land Development Code and Code of Ordinances, Comprehensive Plan, variance requests, annexations, conventional and PUD/PCD rezoning, special exceptions, conditional uses, changes of use, and prepares state required public hearing ads associated with these cases.
  • Participates in Use Permit Inspections for new businesses, in conjunction with City staff members from other departments and divisions.
  • Participates in Final Inspections for new development, in conjunction with City staff members from other departments and divisions.
  • Reviews and administers tree removal permits as directed by the Planning Manager. Prepares City-initiated re-zonings, updates, and amendments to the Land Development Code, Code of Ordinances, and the Comprehensive Plan, as directed by the Planning Manager, and as required by Florida Statutes.
  • Reviews and assists with the drafting of various legal documents, such as Master Development Agreements, and Interlocal Planning Agreements.
  • Maintains the City’s address database, assigning new addresses to commercial and residential properties, in coordination with GIS.
  • Reviews documents such as permit applications for signs, fences, tenant build-outs, tree and vegetation clearing permits, license agreements, and similar types of structures and requests for certificates of architectural appropriateness.
  • Provides general assistance to the public, including but not limited to, zoning and setback inquiries, requests for zoning certifications, zoning approvals of liquor licenses, occupational licenses, and Assisted Living Facilities, and the production of various maps and documents requested by the public.
  • Provides staff support to the Planning Commission, City Advisory Boards, and City Council on any matter reasonably related to the duties and responsibilities described herein.
  • Provides technical advice, expertise and assistance to other City Departments, the City Council, and the City Advisory Boards on matters reasonably related to the responsibilities of this position.
  • Provides technical assistance to employees charged with administration of the City’s Residential Code Enforcement and Commercial Property Maintenance Programs.
  • Attends work promptly and regularly.
  • Performs related work as required. These additional duties may be representative of tasks typically performed by those in a lesser or more advanced job grade.


This position is part of the City’s Emergency Management Team and, as such, shall be expected to perform all duties that are assigned during an emergency management operation.



The below functions may not be performed by every incumbent within this position title

  • Prepares studies and researches for items such as land use, economic development, transportation, community facility plans, corridor planning, neighborhood renewal, urban design and physical planning.
  • Prepares graphic presentations, maps, and other visual displays as directed by the Planning and Development Manager.
  • Serves as liaison between Community Development and GIS with respect to the entry of file data and other information into the City’s database or website.


Education and Experience

  • Graduation from an accredited school with a Bachelor’s Degree in Planning or closely related field.
  • Three (3) years of related experience, or
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of planning, development, civil engineering, landscape architecture and architecture principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of appropriate State and Federal programs related to the local planning functions.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret work related documents.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to respond to effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints.
  • Ability to comprehend and apply principles of mathematical concepts as applied to this position.
  • Ability to identify problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions that are in accordance with laws, ordinances, and established principles.
  • Ability to follow and interpret instructions furnished in written and oral format.
  • Ability to assign and direct the work of others.
  • Ability to read, interpret, and create maps.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective, professional working relationships.
  • Ability to act independently in carrying out specific tasks, while at the same time being able to participate in or coordinate team-oriented projects.
  • Computer skills, including experience in software applications appropriate to this position such as word processing, spreadsheets, power point, email, and GIS.
  • Organizational Skills.
  • Time Management Skills.



  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls and reach with hands and arms.
  • The employee frequently is required to sit and talk or hear.
  • The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk.
  • The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to ten (10) pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to twenty five (25) pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.



  • The work environment includes those typical of an Office setting.
  • While performing the duties of this job the employee occasionally works outside and may be exposed to varying weather conditions.



Compensation Details:

Regular hours are Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

$26.14/ hour- $28.75/ hour

Please note that the City of Port Orange is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug Free Workplace which extends preference to Veterans.  Those applicants who wish to claim Veteran’s Preference must provide a DD214 or other supporting documentation that identifies service dates and character of service.      The City of Port Orange collects social security numbers only in accordance with General Administrative Code 1-42 Social Security Number Collection Policy.  To view the entire policy please click on the link: . Online applications are stored on a secure site. Only authorized employees and hiring authorities have access to the information submitted.