Planning Manager

March 15, 2023
Longboat Key, FL
Job Type


The Town of Longboat Key is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer, who provides hiring preference to eligible veterans and their family members, and has a strong drug free workplace and alcohol abuse policy. Additionally, where appropriate, the Town may waive post-secondary education requirements for certain service members and veterans.

Position Title: Planning Manager
Posted: March 13, 2023
Salary Type: Exempt
Closing Date: Until Filled
Salary: $73,102 - $116,964
Discretionary Days: 80 Manager Hours/Year
Retirement Reimbursement: 16% Town Contribution per pay period
Pay Grade: 220
Probation Period: Six Months

The Town of Longboat Key is accepting applications for a Full-time Planning Manager in our Planning, Zoning & Building Department. An employment physical will be required, except for current employees who have met this requirement.

Expectations for All Employees

Supports the organization's mission, vision and values by exhibiting the following behaviors:

  • Be Service Minded
  • Value Teamwork
  • Be Professional
  • Have the Utmost Integrity
  • Demonstrates Mutual Respect
  • Bring a Positive Attitude to Work
  • Embrace Continuous Improvement

The Town's values support the theme of "Premier Community, Exceptional Service."


Operating with significant independence, under the direction of the Planning, Zoning and Building Director, applying considerable independent judgment and initiative in carrying out organizational objectives, performs in a lead-role a variety of functions including, current and comprehensive planning, assists with formulation of land development codes, performs zoning and development review, and conducts special planning studies. Supervises the Planning Division and participates in advanced, highly-complex professional planning activities. The position interprets and implements land use regulations, codes and ordinances for the planning and development of the Town. The Planning Manager evaluates development projects for appropriate policy implementation of the Comprehensive Plan and reviews conformance with adopted ordinances and regulations.

Essential Functions

  • Consults with the public on a daily basis regarding questions and interpretations as needed, about the Town of Longboat Key Comprehensive Plan, Land Development Code, Flood Ordinance and other applicable codes.
  • Conducts zoning compliance review for building permit applications and other applications.
  • Serves in a lead capacity in researching and developing elements of the Town's Comprehensive Plan; administers planning and development processes.
  • Serves as a primary liaison with other governmental agencies regarding planning programs, projects, and issues; coordinates and negotiates with other government agencies to develop and implement planning programs; participates in regional planning efforts.
  • Provides overall management of division-related planning issues.
  • Advises the Planning Director on all planning-related matters.
  • Assigns work to professional staff and ensures appropriate training is provided.
  • Prepares reports on operations and activities, recommending improvements and modifications.
  • Handles sensitive personnel matters.
  • Participates in budget preparation and administration, monitors and controls expenditures.
  • Serves in a lead capacity in the review and processing of zoning applications, site plans, landscape plans etc. for compliance with Comprehensive Plan, Land Development Code and other applicable codes and makes recommendation to advisory or approval boards.
  • Serves in a project lead capacity in writing ordinances and resolutions related to zoning and land use. Researches and prepares staff reports to the Planning and Zoning Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment, and the Town Commission with explicit technical information of requirements involving planning, zoning, land use and development approval processes; reports significant land use issues.
  • Attends Planning & Zoning and Zoning Board of Adjustment advisory board meetings and makes presentations; attends Town Commission and other meetings, makes planning presentations, as required.
  • Conducts land use inventories of the Town and maintains maps; may supervise technical employees in the maintenance and collection of planning data.
  • Maintains and updates Future Land Use Map and Zoning Map; creates maps for zoning cases and other departmental and inter-departmental needs.
  • Prepares, compiles and presents reports concerning special problems areas and develops programs to provide solutions.
  • Collects, analyzes and presents data pertaining to specialized planning areas such as housing historical data, economics or related areas.
  • Reviews, evaluates, and approves/denies proposals for development, e.g., structural development, change of land use, code and plan amendments/rezoning, conditional uses, variances, vegetation, wastewater, traffic, zone boundary determinations.
  • Advises the public (e.g., residents, property owners, potential land and home buyers, developers, attorneys, architects, engineers, surveyors, appraisers), including in public presentations, in interpreting planning, zoning, and land use policies and procedures in compliance with Town codes, regulations, and ordinances; provides professional planning and development support to attorneys, contractors, developers, realtors, engineers, architects, appraisers, property owners, etc.
  • Researches and issues land use interpretations of Town codes, local, state and federal laws and regulations; performs research related to the Land Development Code and other land development regulations, as it pertains to proposed amendments.
  • Leads in the development and presentation of research and evaluation economic concerns, demographics, subdivision regulations, zoning ordinances, capital improvement programs, land use, economic base, traffic and transportation systems, utility systems, community facilities, population, housing, park and recreation; reports results to various planning commissions, town councils, and other local, state and federal governmental agencies.
  • Answers questions and informs the public in regards to the Town's Flood Insurance Rate Maps and the National Flood Insurance Program; may review and maintain records for the Community Rating System (CRS).
  • Conducts field/construction site inspections to determine compliance with all applicable land development codes, zoning regulations and ordinances.
  • Performs general administrative duties relative to the work, e.g., data analysis, data entry, records maintenance, drafts various documents.
  • Performs related duties and special projects as deemed necessary by the Town and communicated to the employee by his/her supervisor or department head.
  • Assists the Director in the overall programs and may be assigned to coordinate a segment of the Comprehensive Plan, Land Development Code or other project.
  • Report to work as required in response to a storm or natural disaster and regular attendance during normal work schedule other than excused or job related absences.

Other Tasks

Every incidental duty connected with this position cannot be specified in the job description. As an employee at the discretion of the Town, may be required to perform duties that are not included in this job description.

Job Performance Knowledge and Abilities

Must be innovative, detail-oriented, experienced in highly visible/controversial projects. Capable of managing multiple, high-priority assignments. Strong interpersonal skills to develop good working relationships with staff, officials and stakeholders and to resolve complaints. Strong analytical skills to interpret research data for reports and apply mathematic techniques in practical situations. Ability to provide effective supervision and staff management. Ability to manage projects effectively and meet firm deadlines. Ability to manage and conduct in-person and virtual public participation activities, meetings and hearings. Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of urban and regional planning, as well as federal, state, and local rules, regulations, ordinances, and other regulatory standards applicable to the work. Knowledge of special issues related to coastal planning and construction. Knowledge of and experience with the objectives associated with both long- and short-range planning initiatives. Experience writing and rewriting Comprehensive Plans and Land Development Codes. Knowledge current resources applicable to the functions for technical research purposes and special projects. Ability to interpret rules, regulations, and policies for effective decision-making in accordance with established precedent. Interpersonal, leadership, planning and management skills; must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills. Skill in researching, compiling, and summarizing statistical data and information materials. Proficiency in creating maps utilizing ESRI Geographic's Information System (GIS) programs. Ability to utilize personal computers, standard office equipment and standard software applications, e.g., Microsoft Office and Outlook programs, word processors, database software, spreadsheet applications. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and communications with internal and external customers, industry professionals, co-workers, outside governmental representatives (at the local, state, and federal levels) and the public. Ability to organize work, establish priorities, meet established deadlines, and follow up on assignments with a minimum of direction. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Working Conditions

Work is performed in a variety of locations, inside and outside, as required. While performing the essential functions of this position the employee is rarely exposed to disagreeable environmental factors.

Minimum Qualifications


Master's degree in urban planning or related field, such as landscape architecture, environmental studies, or architecture. American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) membership. At least four (4) years of related experience working for a municipal or county government.


Bachelor's Degree in Planning or related field; supplemented by four (4) to seven (7) years responsible professional planning experience in both comprehensive planning and current development review; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Demonstrated proficiency in mapping and related activities utilizing GIS programs.

Successful completion of an employment physical and drug screen to confirm the ability to perform the essential functions of the job and an initial Hepatitis A vaccination, or proof of the same, as a precautionary measure against exposure to raw sewage. Acknowledgement on the attached "Information to Employees" must be provided to assuming Town duties.

The Town is a Drug Free Workplace, in compliance with the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988, in § 440.102, FS and Rules 59A-24 F.A.C (Florida Administrative Code). State and federal laws and regulations may subject certain employees to additional drug testing requirements. Any employee who violates the program is subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination.

The Town of Longboat Key is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer, who provides hiring preference to eligible veterans and their family members, and has a strong drug free workplace and alcohol abuse policy. Additionally, where appropriate, the Town may waive post-secondary education requirements for certain service members and veterans.

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