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Posted: 05/05/2016

City of Delray Beach
Planning and Zoning

Senior Planner - Historic Preservation
Professional Opportunity
Delray Beach, FL

The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.

Research tasks (land development application for current planning/special activity for advanced planning) with the expression of the results in a written document (staff report).

Review Site Plan and Certificate of Appropriateness Applications including all associated prepared drawings.

Review and process (manage) development and land use applications through the various municipal procedures.

Review Building Permits for Compliance with HPB Approval.

Review and make recommendations to the Historic Preservation Board on development proposals for exterior site improvements and/or alterations to properties located within the City's designated historic districts and those Individually Designated properties. Maintain all project files for historic properties.

Provide assistance to those property owners for compliance with the City's HP Ordinance via the LDRs, Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Rehabilitation, and the City's HP Guidelines.

Conduct meetings with applicants, development professionals, and/or citizen groups as the situation warrants.

Conduct site visits.

Complete processing of assigned task from in-take or initiation to drafting the resulting development order; includes status reports/letters, client interaction, presentations to boards and/or citizen committees.

Prepare written documentation for City Commission actions.

Provide technical review of planning or land use activities in area of zoning, site plan, landscaping, architecture, historic preservation, neighborhood planning, an element of the Comprehensive Plan or similar areas of expertise.

Make presentations before formal boards and committees and may be responsible for coordination of all activities of such a board or committee.

Perform special studies on a specific subject which includes formulation of the task, setting forth a work program, seeking necessary resources, working with citizen and staff advisory groups, preparation of final reports and formal presentation of findings.

Access, input and retrieve information from a computer.

Fosters positive employee relations and employee morale on a City-wide basis.


Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with a Master's Degree in Planning or a closely related field with two (2) years experience in planning, preferably in a public agency; OR, an undergraduate degree in Planning or a closely related field with three (3) years experience in planning area. Knowledge of planning theories, subdivision laws, site planning, zoning, comprehensive planning principles, landscaping principles, aesthetics, and/or area of specialization, as appropriate. Ability to deal effectively with the public. Ability to write concisely and to follow technical formats including skill in research. Ability to give oral presentations. Ability to draft site plans and/or create graphics to express ideas. Organizational skills.

Ability to manage and prioritize routine, specialized and complex assignments and problems utilizing knowledge acquired through prior education, training, and experience. Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written form. Ability to adapt to an evolving and continually improving environment. Requires demonstrated ability to utilize personal computer and office software such as MS Word, MS Excel and electronic mail.

The abilities expected of all employees include being able to respond to supervision, guidance and direction of superiors in a positive, receptive manner and in accordance with stated policies, be appropriately groomed and attired so as to present a professional image in accordance with the organization's mission, goals, and policies; report for work promptly and properly prepared at the time and place required by the assignment or orders; notify the appropriate supervisor of intended absences in accordance with stated rules; conform with standards and rules regarding use of accrued time; demonstrate a polite, helpful and courteous manner when engaged in any activity with the public; operate and care for equipment to manufacturer's specifications and/or within the specified parameters; demonstrate an understanding, consideration, and respect of cultural, religious, and gender differences when interacting with the public and colleagues.

A comparable combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position, may be substituted for the minimum qualifications.


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How to apply
Apply online at mydelraybeach.com

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