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Urban Planner I

Land Development

Recruitment #190402-000611-001

Nature Of Work

Employees in this class participate in a variety of professional planning and land development activities that impact municipal development and resource allocation processes.  Knowledge of urban planning principles and practices is expected prior to employment in this class.  Tasks are of average difficulty and include collecting and analyzing data and participating in the formulation of plans relevant to municipal conditions and needs.  The exercise of reasonable initiative and independent judgment is required in data collection, analytical tasks, plan development, plan implementation, report writing, intergovernmental relations and public engagement.    Under general supervision, the employee participates in assignments that require considerable contact with the general public and the exercise of initiative and independent judgment as well as tact and courtesy. 

Examples of Duties

Must develop an understanding of municipal codes and regulations and the City’s Comprehensive Plan. Writes and presents staff reports to City Council and other municipal bodies.

Attends Development Review Committee meetings for the Architectural Review Commission and the Barrio Latino Commission       

Plans, schedules, and conducts and/or attends public meetings to exchange information, identify problems, and develop goals.        

Coordinates and reviews assigned projects/activities to ensure that standards are being satisfied; maintains research information and updates files; prepares and coordinates documentation.        

Responds to questions and requests for information/assistance by telephone or in person from the general public, employees, officials or other persons regarding plans, community trends and conditions, and regulations.     

Maintains an awareness of new trends/advances in the profession; attends workshops and training sessions.     

Recommends policies and procedures that guide and support the provision of quality services by the Department.    

Incorporates continuous quality improvement principles in day to day activities. ·        

Must be able to maintain good interpersonal relationships with staff, co-workers, managers and citizens. ·    

Performs other related duties as necessary.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Working knowledge of: ESRI ARCGIS, understanding of the principles and practices of form-based coding,  data management, including the Microsoft Office Suite,

 Ability to: compile data from various sources in the development plans, reports and recommendations,

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in planning, public administration, sociology, geography or related field and three (3) years of experience in urban or transportation planning or a related field; or an associate’s degree in planning, public administration, sociology, geography or related field and five (5) years of experience in grants writing/preparation, urban planning, or a related field.

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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