Planner II


Job Description: To provide advanced professional and lead analysis as the case Planner for major Planning related activities, strategic initiatives and development review including but not limited to the County’s Comprehensive Plan, Zoning, and Land Development Codes and amendments, Critical Area Planning studies, revitalization/redevelopment plans, economic development, demographics, impact fees, Developments of Regional Impact (DRIs), Developments of Critical Concerns (DOCCs) and other special projects as assigned, and to present factual findings and reports for these projects to the public, Planning Commission, other advisory boards and the Sarasota County Commission.



  • Participates in a project lead capacity as the case Planner on planning related initiatives and development review including: Rezone, Special Exception and Zoning Ordinance amendments and largescale developments. Developments of Regional Impact (DRIs), Developments of Critical Concerns (DOCCs), Comprehensive Plan Update, Critical Area Plans, Intergovernmental Coordination and special projects as assigned. Develops and oversees project plans. Represents the Planning and Development Services Department in public hearings, presentations and meetings with the Sarasota County Commission, Advisory Boards, and other Departments; coordinates with other Departments, municipalities, adjacent county governments and other jurisdictions, advises and assists other Departments, regional and state agencies, attorneys and other interested parties with respect to planning initiatives and projects.
  • Prepares and presents periodic and special reports and presentations which may include economic analyses, charts, graphs, technical data, spreadsheets and maps. May assist in interpreting and analyzing potential economic outcomes and implications of proposed legislation and regulatory code changes, as well as the drafting of appropriate responses and recommendations.
  • Participation in Planner of the Day (POD) program assisting the general public and County agencies and departments with general information requests; Serve as back up liaison to the Planning Commission and assist with associated coordination and assignments as needed.


Minimum Qualifications: A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Planning, Land Use, Geography or closely aligned and related field and a minimum of four (4) years related professional planning experience. A Master's Degree may substitute for one year or the required experience. Planning experience can substitute for education on a on a year-for-year basis depending on the type of experience.


Preferred Qualifications: AICP certification is highly preferred. Project Management certification or experience is preferred. FEMA training is preferred.


Job Competencies: Principles and practices of land use and public facilities planning, local and state laws, rules and regulations pertaining to land use planning, economic analysis, proportionate share, mobility fee, impact fee methodology, project management skills, facilitation skills, interpersonal skills, professional public speaking skills, strong written and oral communications skills. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office software and become proficient in County used software such as LIMS, SharePoint, ArcGIS, eGenda, KRONOS and other software which the County may utilize.


Salary: $48,000 - $64,000


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