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Planner II at Leon County BOCC

Posted in Business Development 30+ days ago.

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Location: Tallahassee, Florida

Job Description:

General Description of Duties


This is independent and responsible professional work evaluating land use proposals to determine compliance with zoning, site plan and subdivision regulations and other land development regulations.

Handles permitted use verifications.  Reviews applications for completeness.  Contacts applicant if additional information is required.  Verifies legal status of the parcel using zoning/development review maps, plat files, subdivision files, property appraiser's internet database, and telephone or  e-mail communication with the Property Appraiser's Office.  Verifies eligibility of proposed use(s) using the Tallahassee-Leon County Comprehensive Plan, including the Leon County Development Matrix, the Leon County Land Development Code, the Development Services Division Land Use Administrator's Interpretation Memorandum File, and Standard Industrial Classification Handbook. Evaluates proposed development for potential conflicts with adjacent and area properties and policies using the Property Tax Assessor's maps and internet database, Geographic Information System (GIS) data, Polk Directory guides, telephone books, site visits, and the Leon County Land Development Matrix.  Determines the appropriate development review process, and other required permits by comparing the proposed use to the development review level thresholds in the Leon County Code, and the notations on the Leon County Land Development Matrix.  Writes the Permitted Use verification Certificate, entering the required information in the Permits Enforcement Tracking System (PETS) program, and print the certificate for signature by the Development Services Administrator, within the time frame prescribed by the code and development review manual.  Answers applicant questions involving eligibility, project review processes, and required permits.
Performs limited partition and formal site and development reviews.  Reviews submittal application packages (pre-application, technical, and development review committees) for completeness.  Manages development review project files including entering the required information in the PETS program and assisting the public with inquiries about project development.  Reviews applications for compliance with the Comprehensive Plan and the Leon County Land Development Code.  Coordinates with County staff and writes a staff report documenting compliance citing the appropriate code sections.  Presents project applications and discusses findings and discrepancies at Development Services staff meetings.  Answers questions from the public about issues related to the project.  Prepares required pre-application, technical review and development review committee reports for each type of development review meeting, including addressing project information, identifying applicable code requirements and performance measures, and identifying discrepancies and insufficient materials.  Presents and discusses findings and discrepancies with staff and applicants at pre-application, technical review, and development review meetings.  Provides guidance to applicants and staff on future applications, code applicability, meetings, and other required actions.  Prepares public hearing notices.  Makes presentations for development review projects.  Identifies discrepancies and documents/determines findings of fact(s) necessary to establish a basis for approval/approval with conditions, or denial of submitted applications.  Writes letters.  Prepares reports. 
Serves as Duty Officer.   Answers customer phone calls and meets with walk-in customers.  Researches answers to questions on land development regulations.  Responds to intake staff requests for project status determinations.  Researches eligibility of parcels and proposals and the current use and the legal status of a parcel.  Advises applicants of discrepancies and the process and methods for correcting discrepancies.  Researches development tracking data, writes project status determinations, and enters information in the PETS. 
Handles special projects, Comprehensive Plan, and Code Evaluation.  Monitors the Comprehensive Plan policies and land development code to ensure continued consistency.  Evaluates/proposes new or revisions to the land development code and discusses proposals with staff and affected department personnel.  Monitors the land development review processes and proposed changes to streamline the process.  Monitors land development review processes and proposes changes to streamline.  Reviews and comments on proposed Comprehensive Plan and land development code amendments.  Provides comments.   Serves as project manager.  Prepares draft land development regulations and ordinances.    
Work tasks involve the independent application of various County codes and policies and advising customers on possible courses of action.  Employee assigned to class must work multiple projects with overlapping sequences of required tasks.  New procedures are implemented weekly.  Employee must determine possible solutions to customer=s land development problems.  Employee must develop reasonable, supportable, and consistent interpretation of regulations, policies and procedures to meet the needs of customers.
Supervision Received
Duties are generally defined and require significant independent judgment in applying County  codes and policies, and advising customers on possible courses of action.  Supervision of Others Employees in positions assigned to this class are non-supervisory, but may occasionally show another employee how to perform a task.
Employee has regular and frequent contact with all types of people within and outside the organization. The purpose of the contact may include, but is not limited to answering questions, providing research, coordinating project reviews and approvals, discussing land development code interpretations, and requesting legal interpretations of County codes, policies, procedures, and forms.
Personal computer, fax and adding machine, database software, specialized software such as Arcview, and a vehicle are the tools and equipment that may be used.
Work is performed mainly indoors with frequent exercises of high dexterity, speed and precision involving strain such as prolonged operation of highly complex equipment.  There is prolonged and frequent exercise of great stamina or strength or work requiring uncomfortable or abnormal posture.  Physical demands include, but are not limited to, sitting and handling.
Knowledge of planning, land use development regulations, and the Comprehensive Plan. Skills in communicating clearly, effectively, tactfully and patiently in person, on the phone and in writing.  Ability to prepare reports and present reports in meetings.  Ability to maintain deadlines. Ability to work effectively, organize, prioritize, understand, and meet deadlines.  Ability to read and interpret maps, chart and graphically display representations. Ability to organize and prepare a schedule/outline of activities.
Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Planning or Urban Planning, Engineering, Geography, Landscape Architecture, or a related field, and two years of related work experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. 
Necessary Special Requirements:
Must have a valid Florida Driver's License and a favorable driving record where appropriate.
FLSA STATUS:    Exempt work: this is independent and highly responsible professional work evaluating land use proposals for compliance with zoning, site plan and subdivision regulations and other land development regulations.
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