Urban Design Planner
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)
- Reviews site, elevation and landscape plans, construction drawings and specifications for compliance with the Downtown Master Plan and other applicable city codes.
- Coordinates with other City employees to have plans reviewed for compliance with applicable codes.
- Consults with engineers, architects, and contractors to interpret and explain building codes and the Downtown Master Plan.
- Organizes and facilitates meetings with developers and community groups to introduce and discuss new development proposals, urban design projects and the Downtown Master Plan.
- Facilitates resolution to conflicting views on projects.
- Answers planning, design and zoning questions from citizens, developers, and other agencies.
- Designs and prepares graphic presentation materials for public hearings and meetings.
- Designs and prepares graphic presentations to provide visual recommendations and/or solutions to a complex set of assumptions related to urban design.
- Retrieves, manipulates, and summarizes information for planning and design reports.
- Researches urban design issues, design guidelines and applicable codes. Prepares reports on findings and provides professional advice.
- Consults with City leaders, developers, community groups and others as the technical expert on Urban Design.
- General knowledge of theory, principles, practices and methods used in Urban Design to include architecture, new urbanism, development processes, charrette process and site planning.
- General knowledge of the functions and capabilities of specialized software used in urban design to include graphics software, CADD, word processing, and publishing software.
- General skill in reviewing and analyzing development proposals to determine consistency the Downtown Master Plan and compliance with the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code.
- General skill in interpreting and explaining building and zoning codes and design guidelines.
- Skill in researching and analyzing issues related to urban design.
- General skill in facilitating resolution to urban design issues.
- Skill in organizing multiple tasks, interacting with the public, and meeting deadlines.
- Skill in conducting meetings with developers and community groups.
- Ability to communicate effectively, graphically, orally and in writing.
- Ability to effectively present information about the Downtown Master Plan and design issues to various groups using visual graphics.
- Ability to work in team environment.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Architecture, Urban Design, Planning or related field, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. Experience in urban design highly desired. 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.
Last revision date: October 2008