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City of West Melbourne
West Melbourne, FL
United States
Professional Areas: 
Community Development
$43,528 - $67,468

Job Status: Full-Time
Rate of Pay: $43,528 - $67,468


Under the direction and supervision of the Planning Director, the Planner is responsible for performing complex planning activities, involving both current development and long-range planning. 


  • Utilizes discretionary authority after consulting with the Planning Director to interpret and apply City codes, comprehensive plan, ordinances, and regulations pertaining to zoning, land use, and site development.
  • Researches, analyzes, prepares and recommends amendments to the City’s zoning, subdivision and related ordinances and development policies, after consulting with the Planning Director, and initiate actions necessary to correct deviations.
  • Serves as project manager for development applications as assigned by the Planning Director.
  • Reviews applications for commercial/industrial developments and subdivisions, rezoning, subdivision plats, site plans, legal descriptions, or other documents for proposed projects. 
  • Tracks assigned projects from initiation to project approval, excluding building permits.
  • Determines if proposed development complies with City codes/ordinances, and special agreements such as development agreements, conditional use permits and variances. 
  • Provides support for enforcement of City codes and ordinances to the Code Enforcement Department.
  • Provides technical assistance to the public and appointed officials and other departments.
  • Interfaces and communicates with the public, outside agencies, and consultants regarding zoning, development and the comprehensive plan in the management and development of the City.
  • Prepares written project analysis and staff reports, after consulting with the Planning Director about the report outline.
  • Conducts site inspections as needed
  • Attends local planning and zoning, board of adjustment, community redevelopment agency, and other public meetings as required, including night meetings as assigned by the Planning Director.
  • Provides information to developers, attorneys, and residents on plans, applications, development codes and policies related to land development within the City.
  • Researches and assists in the preparation of updates to the comprehensive plan.
  • Assists with promoting enhanced building architecture and public space landscape architecture.
  • Attends other Planning seminars, meetings, and trainings as instructed by the Planning Director.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Educations and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in urban planning or closely related field.

Three (3) to five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in the planning or related field is preferred.

Special Qualifications:

Valid Florida Driver’s License with acceptable driving record.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of local codes and regulations relating to planning and zoning.
  • Knowledge of general and technical planning concepts.
  • Knowledge of state planning laws.
  • Knowledge of GIS systems to integrate data with electronic maps is preferred.
  • Ability to establish computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft Office programs,
  • Ability to communicate clearly in English, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to communicate in public hearings and meetings.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain all planning related documents and reports.
  • Ability to understand and interpret complex written material, analyze facts, exercise judgment and arrive at valid conclusions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, other City employees and the general public.
  • Ability to walk, stand, or sit for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to operate assigned equipment or vehicles.


Mostly sedentary work which requires exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Additional physical abilities required:

  • Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make the discrimination in sound.
  • Mental Acuity: Ability to make rational decisions through sound logic and deductive processes.
  • Speaking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word including the ability to convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately and concisely.      
  • Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word including those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
  • Visual Acuity: Visual Acuity to determine the accuracy, neatness, and thoroughness of the work assigned or to make general observations of facilities or structures.
  • Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.
Published on:
May 13, 2021 - 8:57am
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