Principal Planner – Long Range Planning


Salary: $55,048.24 – $83,762.12

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  • Job certification paid training
  • 10 paid holidays
  • Vacation, personal, and sick time
  • Parental leave
  • Health, Dental, Vision, Life, and Disability insurance
  • Pension and 457 deferred-compensation retirement plans
  • Access to 24/7 Employee Gym
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Job description:

Under limited supervision in the City’s Planning and Development Services Division, assists the Long Range Planning Manager with the City’s activities relating to Comprehensive Planning, the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), the City Center Plan, Capital Improvement Program, and Floodplain Management.

Provides customer service; participates in internal development review meetings; conducts research; and assists with the development, amendment, and implementation of the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code in coordination with local and state regulations and requirements. Assists the Division in achieving the City’s goals and objectives.


Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, public administration, or related field. Requires three (3) years progressively responsible experience in planning, zoning, and/or land use fields. One (1) year of experience interpreting Florida Statutes preferred. Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) certification must be obtained within a timeframe identified by the Administrator. One (1) year experience in a lead or supervisory capacity, AICP certification, and/or CRS or GIS experience a plus. Employees are required to pass the National Incident Management System (NIMS) training courses identified for their position and listed in the most recent version of the NIMS Training Guide within one (1) year of placement into this position.
  • Requires a valid Florida driver license.
  • Work involves a minimum of physical effort within an office environment. Occasional driving required to locations within the City, County, and Tampa Bay region. Requires flexible hours for attendance at City meetings and events. The job requires frequent fine manipulation, grasping, and repetitive motion of small objects. On rare occasions may be required to lift and carry up to 25 pounds.
  • This position is assigned the Emergency Personnel Status of Non-Essential for the purposes of work assigned before, during, and after a disaster-related event.


Examples of Duties:

  • Performs senior level, professional planning work to produce long range plans; conducts research and provides analysis; interprets statutes and administrative rules. Writes, edits, and revises the Comprehensive Plan, Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Plan, City Center Plan, Capital Improvements Program, Local Mitigation Strategy, Community Rating System reports, and other documents. Assists with the coordination of City, County, and regional land use and transportation planning. Prepares maps and presentations. Conducts ongoing review of the elements of the Comprehensive Plan to ensure their relevancy to the City’s changing population and economy. Assists in floodplain management activities and administration of the National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System, including review of Elevation Certificates.
  • Develops programs and projects to further the City’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) objectives for the revitalization of blighted areas and the provision of affordable housing. Attends CRA meetings and functions. Meets with development professionals, City staff, and the public regarding redevelopment activities. Assists with the acquisition and development of property in conformance with the adopted CRA plan. Assists, as needed, in all other areas of the Planning and Development Services Division and Community Development Department as assigned.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and philosophies of urban planning; applicable federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, statutes, regulations, rules, policies, and procedures; and the construction and development industries.
  • Skill in reading and interpreting City planning and zoning regulations; analyzing information and drawing valid conclusions; developing and maintaining effective interpersonal relations; interacting with people at all levels of the organization; oral communications in one-on-one and group situations; following oral and written instructions; written communications for administrative and technical purposes; operating computer hardware and software, and other standard office equipment.


Questions? Call Human Resources at 727-369-0633, or email

~ EOE/DFWP/At-Will

Pursuant to section 295.07, Florida Statutes: Certain servicemembers and veterans, and the spouses and family members of such servicemembers and veterans, receive preference and priority in employment and are encouraged to apply for the positions being filled. Certain servicemembers may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements.

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