Thomas J. Grimms

Director, Zoning Services

Mr. Grimms, AICP, has over 25 years in urban and environmental planning and has worked in comprehensive planning and current planning also known as land development review. He has worked in the private sector with various consulting firms in Florida and California and was a Co-Principal of a professional consulting firm in Florida. In the public sector, he has worked for municipal cities and counties including Director of Community Development Department for a municipality. He has worked as Project Manager for numerous projects in the private sector in California, overseeing the meeting of requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Also, he was responsible for reviewing permit requests to Sonoma County per California Coastal Commission requirements.

He has worked as Project Manager for the preparation of nine municipal Comprehensive Plans in Florida, ensuring they were prepared in accordance with Chapter 186, Chapter 163 Florida Statutes and 9J-5 Florida Administrative Code. He has served as Expert Witness before the Florida Department of Community Affairs on the Development of Regional Impact involving issues of need determination, the timing of development, urban sprawl, financial capability, wetlands and protective species preservation and concurrency.

In the public sector, Mr. Grimms has reviewed a range of residential, commercial and industrial projects to encourage innovation, where possible, and to ensure that City Regulations were met. He is a member of the American Planning Association; Florida and California Chapters, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (#8230). He is a published author in Florida Planning Magazine and has served on the Advisory Committee on Certification/Licensing of Florida Planners.