Planning Director


The city of Lakeland is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Planning Director. This employee is responsible for a broad range of administrative and
support services under the general supervision of the City Manager. The Planning Director is primarily responsible for planning, organizing and directing all planning and land development for the city of Lakeland.

Duties include: advising and making staff recommendations to City boards, commissions and departments on planning and land development issues including interpretation, revision, implementation and enforcement of regulations and ordinances and the creation and implementation of development and growth plans; directs implementation of Sign Ordinance, Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Regulations, Design Guidelines, Comprehensive Plan and related plans and policies; provides strategic direction in short and long-range planning and growth management; researches, prepares and implements technical and operational studies, reports and projects; supervises staff with responsibility for employment-related decisions or recommendations that include hiring, disciplining, training, and evaluating performance; develops and implements the departmental operating budget and monitors costs to maintain budget integrity; evaluates and revises tracking procedures for development projects; makes presentations to boards, commissions, volunteers and other community groups.

Successful applicants will possess the proven ability to maintain effective working relationships with the public, city officials, and other employees and the ability to prepare and present accurate reports to the governing body; five to seven years of progressive planning experience and a bachelor’s degree with a focus in Planning and American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification required. Competitive salary and benefits offered.

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