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Carmel Director of Community Planning and Building Brochure 2013

Carmel Director of Community Planning and Building Brochure 2013

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City of Carmel-by-the-Sea Recruitment. Teri Black & Company
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THE COMMUNITY 
J
ust 120 miles south of San Francisco on the Californiacoast, the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea (pop. 3,684)prides itself on its white sand beach, lush urban forest,natural parklands, and roadside greenbelts, all within aone-square mile community that has long attracted artists,authors, photographers, art enthusiasts, and vistors.Carmel-by-the-Sea was founded at the turn of the centuryby James Franklin Devendorf, who, stunned by the area’snatural beauty, decided to create a residential, family-oriented community that respected and enhanced thenatural setting. In just a few short years the area becamerenowned for its art and culture, and in 1910 the Los Angeles Times declared it “the most amazing colony on
earth.” The City ocially incorporated in 1916 and passed
an ordinance in 1929 to protect the community focus bydeclaring that “business and commerce have in the past,are now, and are proposed to be in the future subordinatedto its residential character.”
Today Carmel-by-the-Sea oers residents premiumquality services and amenities that reect the community’s
commitment to its residential nature, the environment,and the arts. There are over 80 acres of parks locatedthroughout the City. An urban forest of over 13,000 treesalso grow on public property. Residents do not have homemail delivery and instead continue the village custom
of daily trips to the Post Oce, while the absence of
streetlights and formal sidewalks in the residential districtcontribute to the City’s treasured charm and forest-like atmosphere. Completed in 2001, the $21.4 millionrenovation of the City’s famous Sunset Center createdan outstanding venue for a number of impressive artistic
oerings, as does the Forest Theater, the rst outdoor
theater west of the Mississippi river.
Throughout the year, Carmel-by-the-Sea oers a diversity
of festivals and events designed to promote and enhancethe City’s creative traditions, including the Carmel ArtFestival, Bach Festival, Authors & Ideas Festival, and theConcours d’Elegance Car Parade and Display, amongothers. Annual community events include a variety ofcelebrations such as the Fourth of July, the City’s Birthdayand Parade, and the holiday tree lighting ceremony. Thecommunity also has a long history of being one of themost dog-friendly cities in the country.Given its beautiful coastal resources, rich cultural heritage,and historical interest, it is no surprise that Carmel-by-the-Sea attracts an estimated two million visitors annually.In November 2010, Condé Nast Traveler listed the Cityas one of its 10 Places to Visit, and TripAdvisor namedthe community the #1 Small City in the U.S. Visitors can
easily nd excellent lodging, outstanding recreation, ne
restaurants, and specialty shops adorning the streets ofthe business district, while civic leaders and residents workdiligently to balance their focus on sustaining a qualityresidential village with nourishing a vibrant tourism basethat supports and enhances the area.Carmel-by-the-Sea has a high median household income
and high property values. The Carmel Unied SchoolDistrict oers outstanding educational opportunitiesand has won state and national awards for excellence.
Opportunities for higher education are available nearby viaCalifornia State University at Monterey Bay and MontereyPeninsula College, with numerous prestigious academicinstitutions located a short distance away.To learn more about this incomparable municipality, visithttp://ci.carmel.ca.us/carmel/.
CITY GOVERNMENT
C
armel-by-the-Sea is a General Law City operatingunder a City Council/City Administrator form ofgovernment. The City Council is composed of theMayor and four Council Members, all of whom are electedat-large. The Mayor serves a two-year term and CouncilMembers serve staggered, overlapping four-year terms.Elections are held in April of each even-numbered year.The City Council appoints the City Administrator, City Attorney, City Treasurer and the City Engineer, while theMayor makes appointments to the City’s various advisory
boards and commissions, with conrmation from the
Council.In addition to the City Council, City Administrator, andCity Attorney, the government of Carmel-by-the-Seais comprised of the Departments of Public Safety; Administrative Services; Library; Public Services; andCommunity Planning & Building. The City is supported
by a professional sta of 54 full-time and 20 part-time
employees.
 
Carmel-by-the-Sea has a balanced operating budget of
$13.4 million for scal year 2012-2013. The City’s top threerevenue sources are transient occupancy tax, propertytax, and sales tax, and recent data indicates there hasbeen an increase in all three categories that is expected
to continue. The City’s electorate approved a one-percent
sales tax rate increase in November 2012.
City goals focus on four enduring objectives: Community
Character; Long-term Vitality; Organizational Eectiveness;
and Fiscal Stability. For 2013, the City Council has
identied the following key initiatives:
Update parking management plans and studies toenable the City to consider parking policies in 2013 and
potential modications in 2014.
Review implementation of Shoreline ManagementPlan and Forest Management. Plan and update asnecessary, including attention to rights-of-way and trailconnectivity.Maintain a leadership role in developing a long-termsolution to the region’s water supply while continuingto pursue a replacement and replenishment regionalwater supply and developing additional local waterconservation and non-potable water supply alternatives.Obtain estimates and develop a plan to address the
extent to which the City’s pension assets are insucientto cover the costs of the benets.
Complete contract update for the eective operation of
the Sunset Cultural Center.Update and begin implementation of the InformationTechnology strategic plan including updating obsoletetechnology and encouraging interactive governmentprojects.Allocate Measure D funds in the spirit in which thevoters passed the initiative and document for the public.Begin the development of a comprehensive facilities useplan and inventory.The City utilizes a policy planning and managementsystem to assure the organization meets the City Council’spolicy outcomes.
COMMUNITY PLANNING & BUILDING DEPARTMENT
T
he Community Planning and Building Departmentis responsible for management of land use andenvironmental quality; for maintaining the City’sGeneral Plan and ensuring that capital programs, zoning,and other activities are consistent with the Plan; providing
sta support to the Planning Commission and Historic
Resources Board; construction review and inspections;and zoning, design, building, and code compliance.
The Department’s activities are supported by 4.5 sta
supplemented by consultants and contractual assistanceas needed. As an at-will employee, the Director reports tothe City Administrator and is a critical member of the City’s
Executive Team.The Department has not been staed with a permanent
Director since 1999, so the candidate selected will havethe rare opportunity to cultivate a culture and mold ateam around his/her vision for a department that is wellpositioned to serve this unique community. In addition, he/ she will be given the latitude to assess the Department’sstructure, resources, systems and processes and makerecommendations for change and/or improvement duringthe early stages of his/her tenure. The Director will also
be extensively involved in the majority of City objectives
relating to the planning, building and design responsibilitiesof the Department.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
Consistent with the highly engaged nature of thiscommunity, input from internal and external stakeholders
was sought in the creation of the candidate prole.
The description summarizes the common themes that 
 resonated from these discussions.
T
he ideal candidate will be a visionary andcontemporary planning professional whodemonstrates the desire and capacity to understandand preserve the rare qualities of this unique coastal
community. He/she must convey a sophisticated
understanding and sincere commitment to New Urbanismprinciples combined with a record of accomplishments
which support sustainable communities that oer a high
quality of life.

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