Planning & Zoning Director

City of Madeira Beach

Madeira Beach, FL

Role and Responsibilities

The Planning and Zoning Department’s overall mission is to maintain the unique beach community character while working toward a vision in the direction of improved land and water uses. The planning process is intended to improve the health, safety and welfare of the City.

The Planning and Zoning Director provides the City with professional urban planning and zoning services, code compliance support, grant writing and implementation, and floodplain administration. This is very responsible professional work that involves the administration of the City’s Zoning codes and other related Land Development Regulations, conduct of the day to day operations of the Planning and Zoning Department, and support of the City’s permitting and code compliance activities.

The Planning and Zoning Director is responsible for coordinating and implementing the Comprehensive Plan, land development reviews, site plan reviews, and floodplain administration reviews citywide and in concert with the Building Department as part of the building permit and inspection process. Work involves but is not limited to the planning, coordination, and implementation of the overall development review for residential and commercial projects citywide. Work also involves the planning, research, implementation, promotion, and initiation of various programs, regulations, operations, and processes relating to planning, zoning, and other land development regulations including floodplain management, landscaping, temporary uses, signage, subdivision regulations, redevelopment, and natural resources. The work involves the review of potential development projects citywide, considerable public contact often of a sensitive nature, and requires the exercise of sound judgment, tact, and diplomacy.

The Planning and Zoning Director participates in the planning efforts of Pinellas County and serves on the Planners Advisory Committee to the Pinellas Planning Council, is a member of the Pinellas County Local Mitigation Strategy Workgroup, and serves on other countywide advisory committees as necessary. The Planning and Zoning is responsible for the coordination of the City’s Community Rating System (CRS) efforts relating to FEMA and the National Flood insurance Program.

The Planning and Zoning Director reports to the City Manager and serves as the staff liaison to the Planning Commission, Board of Commissioners, Special Magistrate for variance, special exception, administrative appeal cases, supports code enforcement cases as needed, and any other advisory committees that may be created over time. The Planning and Zoning Director performs other work as assigned.

Qualifications and Education Requirements

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in city planning, urban design, or a closely related field; supplementation with a master’s degree in planning, urban studies, public administration, or a closely related field is preferred.

  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification is required.
  • Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) certification is required.
  • FEMA experience in coastal barrier islands preferred.

Preferred Skills

  • Extensive knowledge of municipal and State of Florida codes and ordinances governing the planning, development and construction process
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of City planning, engineering design, construction, contract management, municipal zoning regulations, floodplain administration, and right of way utilization.
  • Thorough knowledge of modern principles and practices of municipal planning, land use, municipal zoning regulations, and floodplain administration.
  • Ability to prepare, revise, interpret, and enforce codes, ordinances, and regulations.
  • Ability to present technical information, planning, and zoning reports clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, government and City officials, community leaders and organizations, and the general public as necessitated by the work.

NOTE: Reasonable accommodation considerable will be made for otherwise qualified individuals with a disability.

Cover letters and resumes may be included but are not accepted in lieu of application form.

All applications will become public record under Florida law.


Recruitment is open until position is filled.

Submit complete application for employment to:

Karen Paulson, Financial Coordinator
City of Madeira Beach
300 Municipal Drive
Madeira Beach, FL 33708

Experience Level
Mid II (4-8 years)
AICP Level
Planning and Land Use Law
Salary Range

Contact Information

300 Municipal Drive
Madeira Beach, FL
United States
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