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Serves on the City’s Senior Executive Team. Under general administrative direction, is responsible for planning, directing, managing, and overseeing the activities and operations of the Development Services Department, which includes the divisions of Planning, GIS, Environmental Health, Code Compliance, and Building Inspections. Serves in a dual capacity as the City’s Chief Planning Officer. Directly responsible for reviewing development documents and zoning changes for completeness and compliance with federal, state, and local regulations. Frequent presentations and coordination with the Planning and Zoning Commission, Zoning Board of Adjustment, and City Council will be required. Must have excellent communication skills and is responsible for performing complex short and long range planning, including the development of recommendations on planning and zoning issues. Develops and implements routine and special projects that require research, data collection, report writing, and presentations. Assists citizens and developers with understanding ordinances and regulations, and their intent and purpose. Manages the GIS functional area in helping create maps, graphics and other items for the Planning and Zoning Commission, ZBA, City Council, City staff and for general use reference.Principle Duties and Responsibilities:
This information is intended to be descriptive of the principle duties and responsibilities of the position. The following examples do not identify all duties performed by any single incumbent.
1)Direct the Planning, GIS, Environmental Health, Building Inspections, and Code Compliance divisions. Recommend policies and procedures for those functional areas.
2)Serve in a dual capacity as the City’s Chief Planning Officer.
3)Oversee the Development Review Committee by preparing and distributing reports and monitoring all zoning and subdivision projects from beginning to end.
4)Manage the development and implementation of department goals, objectives, policies and priorities for each assigned division; establishes, within City policy, appropriate service and staffing levels, and allocate resources accordingly.
5)Monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; assess and monitor workload, administrative and support functions, and internal reporting relationships; identify opportunities for improvement, and direct the implementation of changes.
6)Act as official departmental representative and provide staff assistance to other City departments, City Manager’s Office, elected officials, and outside agencies; explain and justify department programs, policies, and activities; negotiate and resolve sensitive, significant and controversial issues.
7)Prepare and approve agenda bills; attend City Council and assigned boards, commissions and/or committee meetings and take necessary action regarding Council and/or committee agenda items as well as provide staff support to such assigned boards, commissions and/or committees.
8)Select, motivate, and evaluate department staff; provide or coordinate training and work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement and administer disciplinary and termination procedures.
9)Provide recommendations by researching zoning and subdivision ordinances in reference to specific developer and citizen needs, and provide accurate information to the Planning and Zoning Commission and Zoning Board of Adjustment.
10)Assist in the administration and updating of the comprehensive plan, zoning ordinance, subdivision ordinance and sign ordinance.
11)Prepare findings for the Zoning Board of Adjustment, Planning and Zoning Commission, and City Council.
12)Research regulations and policies and assist in their revision when necessary.
13)Assist developers, engineers, and citizens with various development related laws including, but not limited to, annexation, subdivisions, zoning, and signs.
14)Manage community addressing and street naming.
15)Plan, direct and coordinate, through subordinate-level staff, the department work plan; meets with management staff to identify and resolve problems; assign projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; review and evaluate work methods and procedures.
16)Manage and participate in the development and administration of the department budget; estimate funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, supplies and projects; direct the monitoring and approval of expenditures; direct the preparation and implementation of budgetary adjustments as necessary.
17)Coordinate departmental activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary communications. Participate in brainstorming and professional group meetings and sessions with senior staff on issues that may be outside area of direct responsibility.
18)Respond to and resolve sensitive inquiries, concerns and complaints from both internal and external sources.
19)Develop and implement department safety and training programs.
20)Stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of urban planning and development. Perform related duties and fulfills responsibilities as required.
21)Perform other duties as may be assigned.Physical and Environmental Conditions:
Duties are generally performed in an office setting. Some light work requiring occasional lifting objects up to 20 pounds to move objects. Must be able to sit for long periods of time. Work may also require stooping, kneeling, crouching, bending, standing, walking, pushing, and pulling.