Urban Design Planner

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SUMMARY: Under general direction, enforces regulations and design guidelines for the downtown, participates in design charrettes, analyzes development-related plans and data to ensure compliance with applicable city codes, develops design alternatives to projects, conducts presentations to various interest groups and advisory committees; 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)
  • 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.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
  • 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.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involves sedentary to light work in an office setting. There is frequent need to sit, talk or hear, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, walk, and occasionally lift objects (up to 10 pounds) and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday. The City of West Palm Beach promotes a drug/alcohol-free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing.

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.

FLSA Code: E
B/U: PMSA
Last revision date: October 2008
 
Overtime: No
 
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