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Planning & Zoning

Althea Jefferson, AICP
Planning & Zoning Department Director – Althea Jefferson, AICP

Email address: Althea@FloridaPlanning.net
Phone Number: 954.475.3070

Althea Jefferson serves as the City of West Park’s Planning and Zoning Department Director. In this capacity, she is responsible for managing all daily planning and zoning reviews, developing comprehensive plan amendments, processing Certificates of Use applications, developing fee schedules, reviewing development proposals, providing customer service to city residents, developers, and the general public, and handling planning and zoning requests for information. Ms. Jefferson is a primary staff member at all City Commission meetings/presentations and a key member of our team.

Ms. Jefferson offers nearly 25 years of public sector planning experience in working with the general public, community organizations, executive leaders, and elected officials. Ms. Jefferson has a breadth of planning experience in comprehensive planning, land development regulations, neighborhood planning, community participation, interlocal agreements, intergovernmental coordination, permitting, development review, and developer agreements. Her current experience routinely includes comprehensive planning; rezonings; variances; development research; zoning and land development code preparation, zoning interpretation and development applications.

From 2012 to 2017 Ms. Jefferson worked for the City of Hallandale Beach as the Planning and Zoning Manager. In that capacity, she was responsible for implementing and updating the comprehensive plan, the zoning and land development code, and administrative planning policies. She also provided staff oversight and made recommendations for numerous development applications. These applications included site development plans, land use plan amendments, rezonings, variances, special permits, plats and delegation requests. During her tenure with the City of Hallandale Beach, Ms. Jefferson created the West Regional Activity Center (RAC) Zoning District boundary and developed the zoning regulations for the area, which included three subdistricts. She also served on the team that developed the form-based codes for the Central RAC Zoning District and corresponding regulations for the subdistricts. Her work on the RAC regulations involved public outreach and extensive analysis of zoning codes, community preferences, past studies and reports, and policies in the comprehensive plan.

Ms. Jefferson also worked for Orange County, Florida from 1994 to 2012. During this eighteen (18) year time span, she served in various positions and took on a variety of planning projects including small area studies, interlocal agreements, neighborhood outreach, small business and economic development, redevelopment and infill policy development, and community engagement projects. Ms. Jefferson holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida A&M University and a Master of Science in Planning from Florida State University. She is also a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners, a highly esteemed professional institute of the American Planning Association.

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