GIS Planner

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SUMMARY: Under close supervision, conducts research to develop and update Articles of the City of West Palm Beach Zoning and Land Development Regulations, writes reports, analyzes development-related data and plans, provides input on neighborhood, site and master plans and design guidelines, and performs all duties in maintaining and updating the City’s Zoning and Future Land Use Maps. Works with Planning and Zoning staff to produce maps, create reports, and provide generalized Geographic Information System. Makes presentations to advisory committees, the public, City Commission, and neighborhood meetings; and performs related duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge skills, and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (which are not in any hierarchical order)
  • Researches and prepares planning-related reports, documents and agenda items for City of West Palm Beach officials and other agencies and organizations.
  • Creates and maintains reports and maps using GIS software in supporting the Planning and Zoning Department and other City departments as necessary.
  • Analyzes GIS data for special reports for the Planning and Zoning Department and other City departments as necessary.
  • Coordinates with the City’s GIS Coordinator to design and implement interface programs between ArcGIS and other software and systems to perform analysis and print maps for the Planning and Zoning Department.
  • Analyzes the Planning and Zoning Department’s future GIS application program needs.
  • Reviews major and minor planned development amendments, rezoning requests, land use plan amendments and abandonment of easements.
  • Responds to planning-related inquires from the general public and other agencies and organizations.
  • Evaluates amendments for code compliance, and prepares maps and graphics presentations for the department.
  • Assists in preparing and administering annual planning grants applications, updates other plans for compliance with Federal, State and other applicable regulations.
  • Performs fieldwork and research for both zoning and comprehensive planning.
  • Reviews building permit and business tax applications as well as rental licensees.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
  • Knowledge of comprehensive, land use, urban design and transportation planning principles.
  • Knowledge of two or more of the following: ArcGIS, ArcInfo, ArcView, Photoshop, and MS Office.
  • Ability to use personal productivity PC tools. (word processing, spreadsheets, graphics)
  • Knowledge of and proficiency in the use of computers and operating systems.
  • Knowledge of input/output devices such as digitizers and plotters.
  • Knowledge of modern GIS systems methodologies, techniques, and tools.
  • Knowledge of urban design and zoning.
  • Knowledge of state planning laws and applicable Federal regulations.
  • Skill in operating computers and blueprints machines.
  • Skill in research and technical analysis of planning-related information.
  • Ability to organize and analyze technical information.
  • Knowledge of site plan review, economics, statistics, geography and growth patterns.
  • Ability to make sound assessments and recommendations based on research.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted during the course of work.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, graphically, orally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involves detailed concentration for long periods in a modified office environment and may involve outdoor work sites. There may be occasional need for light lifting. This position may also require the use of City vehicles on City business. Individuals must be physically capable of operating the vehicles safely, and have an acceptable driving record. The City of West Palm Beach promotes and maintains a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment and random drug testing for certain employees.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture or a closely related field, and one (1) year of experience in computer applications such as CADD or GIS or any equivalent combination of training and experience. Experience with Windows operating systems in a network environment and ArcGIS or ArcView software on a Windows based workstation platform, preferred. A valid Florida driver’s license is required; a valid driver’s license from any state (equivalent to a State of Florida Class E) may be utilized upon application; with the ability to obtain the State of Florida driver’s license within 30 days from day of appointment.

FLSA Code: E
B/U: PMSA
Last revision date: May 2009