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Hillsborough County Government

Principal Planner (#PRPLNRPCMS) PCMS
$27.78-$48.08 Hourly / $4,815.20-$8,333.87 Monthly / $57,782.40-$100,006.40 Yearly


Performs duties managing and supervising the research and analysis of information to write reports in support of the development, evaluation, monitoring and implementation of comprehensive studies, plans, programs, and land development regulations.


A Master's degree in Urban or Community Planning; and
Three or more years of experience as a community planner, including
Two or more years of which were as a community planning project leader.

An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-specific competencies noted below.


  • Customer Commitment - Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service.
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity - Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve.
  • Organizational Excellence - Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations.
  • Success through Teamwork - Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals.


  • Considerable knowledge of comprehensive planning principles and practices.
  • Considerable knowledge of laws and regulations governing comprehensive planning.
  • Considerable knowledge of data collection methods and statistical analysis techniques.
  • Skill in the application of managerial techniques, including the performance evaluation process.
  • Skill in making presentations to community groups, elected and appointed officials.
  • Ability to proof own work and the work of others.
  • Ability to prioritize work.
  • Ability to work effectively with others.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to plan, organize, staff, direct, control and supervise the work of others.
  • Ability to collect, organize and evaluate data and to develop logical conclusions, reports and presentations.
  • Ability to use appropriate computer applications and supervise others in their use.


Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform one or more of the activities described below.

  • Supervises the work of professional staff, by scheduling, assigning and reviewing work, providing training and counseling and evaluating performance.
  • Manages the collection, analysis, and presentation of facts and trends for use in evaluating land development proposals and community growth and development plans, studies, and reports.
  • Manages the extraction of information to be used in studies and reports relating to land use, economic base, transportation systems, utility systems, community facilities, population, housing and neighborhood plans and programs.
  • Manages the writing and interpretation of zoning, subdivision and other land development regulations.
  • Manages the writing of future land use, transportation, community facility plans, and other comprehensive plans.
  • Manages the analysis and presentation of data for use in the development of capital improvement plans and programs.
  • Represents the organization at meetings with elected and appointed officials and interdepartmental and intergovernmental meetings.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

This classification description is not intended to be, nor should it be construed as an all inclusive list of the duties associated with a particular position. Management may require incumbents to perform job duties other than those contained in this document at any time.