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Urban Planner II

Recruitment #181204-000612-001


Full-Time Benefits: Health, vision, dental, and life insurance; annual and sick leave; paid holidays; pension and tax-deferred compensation (457) plans; and more.

Nature Of Work

An employee in this class performs a variety of professional program/project planning activities which impact municipal development and resource allocation processes.  Tasks are of more than average difficulty and include analyzing data and formulating and recommending plans and programs relevant to municipal conditions and needs.  Knowledge of planning principles and practices and application of analytical and cognitive skills are essential to work performed.  Employees are usually assigned to address long- and/or short-range planning activities pertaining to such particular subject areas as capital improvements, leisure services, development, or human services requiring possession of or ability to readily assimilate knowledge of specific programs, conditions and needs.  Reasonable initiative and independent judgment are necessary in performing analytical tasks and developing and presenting recommendations and documents.  Work is performed under direction and reviewed through conferences, reports submitted, and results obtained.

Examples of Duties

Evaluates applications for development projects (rezoning, special use general and alcohol beverage permits, subdivision platting, incremental development, and construction permits), pursuant to City Code.

Processes and reviews various land development and zoning applications as well as delivering public presentations to all public boards of the City.

Leads meetings with developers, property owners, and members of the public to discuss zoning applications and code related matters. 

Generates professional staff reports and memorandums based on City of Tampa Code and Tampa Comprehensive Plan criteria and professional planning opinion. 

Attends meetings after normal business hours and potentially on weekends depending on the assignment.          

Provides code compliance review of solid waste code standards for development projects going through the development site plan review process and serve as primary liaison between Land Development Coordination and the Solid Waste Department.

Collects, assimilates, analyzes and interprets data and indicators regarding municipal conditions and determines consistency with City’s Comprehensive Plan, Land Development regulations and State and Federal growth management legislation, especially zoning, subdivision and developments of regional impacts (DRI’s). 

Assists in the review of construction drawings and inspections of development projects as needed by Construction Service Division.

Formulates and recommends procedures, guidelines, alternatives, code revisions, and priorities for implementing City codes and regulations and plans/projects.   

Evaluates site plans and development proposals prepared by outside agencies for consistency with Zoning and land development regulations.

Reasonable initiative and independent judgment are necessary in performing analytical tasks and developing/presenting recommendations and documents related to work.

Maintains communication with representatives of other departments and outside agencies to determine planning needs and provide assistance. 

Assists in answering requests from the public relating to the land development code.

Performs related work as required

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Working knowledge of:  the principles and practices of urban planning;  reviewing and applying land development and zoning regulations, preferably City of Tampa regulations.federal, state, and municipal legislation and regulations impacting municipal government planning efforts; research techniques and data sources; methods and techniques of reports and grant application preparation; planning principles, practices, and program content in a particular subject area might be required; grant administration practices/procedures might be required; Knowledge of MS Word, Power Point, and Excel.            Knowledge of ARCGis, ArcMap, Accela

Ability to:  conduct research and analytical activities independently; collect, assimilate, analyze, and interpret data and draw sound conclusions; prepare oral and/or written reports and impart them effectively; formulate sound recommendations and present them effectively; establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, municipal officials, and the general public, read and understand construction drawings and


Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a master’s degree in planning, public administration, or a related field and one (1) year of urban planning or related experience; or a bachelor’s degree in planning, public administration, or a related field and three (3) year of urban planning or related experience.

Some positions might require specialized training or experience as a condition for initial employment in this class.

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of a valid drivers license may be required.


Evaluation of education and experience. Drug testing is included in all pre-employment processing.


During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency.


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