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Position Description

DIVISION:  Development Department

REPORTS TO:  Development Director


SALARY: $23.03 – $34.54



Under general supervision, responsible for a variety of tasks associated with professional level planning work in conducting independent studies, completing planning projects, and regulating the growth and development of the City in accordance with the Comprehensive Plan and other statutes, ordinances, and regulations related to land use and community development. The planner position required analytical thinking and problem-solving, team-oriented participation, excellent human relations, interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills, good public presentation and customer service skills. Candidates must have knowledge of Word, Office, Excel and PowerPoint. Experience in GIS, Photoshop and Publisher is preferred. Position requires specialized knowledge of departmental operations and is characterized by complex and varied duties which may involve different and unrelated processed and methods requiring varied knowledge and abilities and/or a broad range of skills. This is a highly visible public contact position that requires exceptional customer service skills and dealing with gaining closure on issues and in dealing with stressful personal contact situations. This position will deal with customers, utilize the City’s technical computerized applications, and must be knowledgeable of accepted office procedures and etiquette.


The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the major tasks performed within this classification.  It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to the position. Specific tasks on a day to day basis will reflect the over all areas of expertise for this position.

  • Compiles information and prepares staff reports, ordinances, resolution, agreements, and other documents essential to the processing of agenda items for the department.
  • Receives site plan submittals to ensure completeness, accuracy and distribute to appropriate City disciplines.
  • Maintains Geographic Information System with zoning, land use, census, etc. data.
  • Transcribes/types agendas and minutes for the Planning Board and Development Review Committee.
  • Generates and processes legal ads for public hearings for the Planning Board and City Council meetings.
  • Answers general day-to-day planning and zoning questions via front counter, phone or email.
  • Responds to zoning verification and zoning violation letter requests.
  • Maintains database files and reports regarding development activities and findings on all active projects.
  • Generates and maintains case log files pertaining to land development actions.
  • Assists with neighborhood meetings as needed.
  • Testify in court as necessary.
  • Conduct pre-development meeting with architects, engineers and contractors to explain code and local regulations.
  • Reviews building permits and business tax receipts for conformance to the applicable zoning ordinances.
  • Assists with the inspection of all new construction and/or redevelopment for conformance to applicable zoning, landscaping and signage regulations.
  • Interacts and communicates with a variety of groups and individuals including Development, Code Enforcement, Fire, Billing & Collection, City department heads and the public.
  • Operates a variety of office equipment such as computer, printer, copier, typewriter, facsimile machine, telephone, transcription equipment, and calculator.
  • Assists in all aspects of the development review process.
  • Retrieve permit information from the computer; verify legal data including owners, tax records, and other data needed to issue permits.
  • Assists with special projects as assigned.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of planning
  • Knowledge of a relevant specialization such as transportation, land use, or affordable housing is desired
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of research and data collection
  • Knowledge of effective writing techniques
  • Statistical, algebraic, or geometric knowledge and ability to apply such knowledge in practical situations
  • Knowledge of computer hardware and software programs, including Microsoft Office, Internet applications, and GIS/Arc Info and use of modern business equipment
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing and deal with a variety of people in different situations courteously, tactfully and efficiently
  • Knowledge of accepted office procedures and etiquette


Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in urban planning, architecture, public policy, or related area of study and three years of local government planning experience. Master’s degree desired.


Must have a valid Florida driver’s license. Ability to operate a motor vehicle.  Every New Port Richey employee is required to fill out a Disaster Response Survey and is subject to being required to report to work during a declared disaster.


Physical Ability:

Requires sedentary work that involves walking or standing some of the time and routine keyboard operations. The job risks exposure to no significant environmental hazards. The job requires normal visual acuity, and field of vision, hearing, speaking, color perception, sense of smell, depth perception, and texture perception. Ability to stand and sit for periods longer than 30 minutes but not to exceed four hours consecutively. Ability to climb stairs and ladders occasionally. Ability to lift boxes not exceeding 25 pounds occasionally.

 Sensory Requirements:

Ability to hear, speak and understand conversation in English in various tones of voice, as well as accents or rapidly spoken in order to be able to do job. Ability to see, read, and comprehends letters, numbers, words, characters or symbols, which are both large and small. Ability to print and draw letters, numbers, words, characters and symbols which are legible and understood by others. Ability to learn complex tasks and remember how to complete tasks without assistance once trained.


Ability to deal with stress related to routine deadlines and occupational problems, which demand immediate attention. Necessity to multi-task successfully. Ability to accept decisions made by others that may be in opposition of own views. Ability to deal with customers, both internal and external, in a tactful manner.

Applications can be emailed to, faxed to 727-853-1043 or sent/dropped off to 5919 Main St, New Port Richey, FL 34652   EOE/DFWP

The City of New Port Richey is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Incompliance with Equal Employment Opportunity guidelines and the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of New Port Richey provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.