Planner I

City of Garland

Garland, TX United States

Why Team Garland?


At the City of Garland, we believe that a career in public service is not just a job; it's a calling. It's an opportunity to serve others, make a lasting impact, and be part of meaningful projects that shape every aspect of city life.


Team Garland is dedicated to building the stage where the residents of Garland can each live their best life!


Whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting your career, we offer professional growth opportunities and a supportive work environment that helps you reach your full potential. As a member of Team Garland, your skills and ideas are valued; we offer competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits*, wellness programs, and a healthy work-life balance.


If you are ready for a career that makes a difference, apply today!


*Benefits offered are subject to change and differ based on employment type



Responsible for performing zoning reviews for use application and permits and providing planning and zoning information and assistance to Planning and Building Department customers.


Salary: $51,563 to $65,666 per year, depending on qualifications


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Review building permit, certificate of occupancy, plans, and related documents to ensure compliance with adopted zoning and city ordinances.

  • Meet with builders, citizens, developers and other customers to determine regulatory limitations and suggest ways to improve upon proposed projects. This may include facilitating pre-submittal / project feasibility meetings.

  • Coordinate with Development Planners on zoning issues that require multi-department development review. Attend development review meetings as needed. 

  • Perform technical analysis using adopted ordinances, codes, master/comprehensive plans, and policies and respond to zoning inquiries and information requests from the public.

  • Provide information or recommendations for ordinance and code amendments and procedures.

  • Serve as a liaison to inform citizens and/or public officials regarding planning and zoning issues and concerns.

  • Field questions from the public daily (via front desk, email, phone calls, etc.) regarding zoning and development-related inquiries.

  • May serve as case manager for zoning and plat application requests and present to the Plan Commission.

  • Regular and consistent attendance for the assigned work schedule is essential.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Four-year college degree

  • 1 year related experience


Or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.


Preferred Qualifications

Education/ Experience:   

  • Masters degree in Urban Planning, Geography or related field

  • 1-3 years of experience in planning with focus on zoning, permit reviews, or development


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:         

  • Competent skill and knowledge of the principles of urban planning and zoning and the land development process.

  • Competent skills and ability to read plats, site and landscape plans, basic building blueprints, and other technical documents.

  • Competent knowledge of plan implementation, program design and management methods.

  • Competent ability and skill to instruct and explain to customers how to achieve their desired end result.

  • Proficient customer service skills with an emphasis on conflict resolution a desire to help customers regardless of their circumstance.

  • Proficient skills and ability to use phones and use computers/software to perform digital plan review and input/retrieve data.

  • Competent skills and ability to use internet, email, calendars, the Microsoft Office suite, geographic information systems, database applications and presentation software

  • Proficient communication skills with ability to effectively communicate information, both verbally and in writing, to citizens, customers, construction personnel, architects, engineers, public officials, and city staff in a positive and cooperative manner.

  • Competent skills and ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; ability to calculate decimals and percentages; ability to utilize principles of fractions; ability to interpret graphs.

  • Competent skills and ability to establish, implement and oversee methodologies for data collection, analysis, and studies related to planning and zoning.


Licenses and Certifications

  • Valid Class C Texas Driver's License

  • Membership in American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) preferred


Physical Requirements / Work Environment

The incumbent will work primarily an office environment although standing in work areas and walking between work areas may be required.  On occasion, in gathering information for Board of Adjustment cases, the incumbent must possess mobility to work in and around private buildings, private properties, and construction sites, to operate a motor vehicle and drive on surface streets; strength, stamina, and mobility to perform light physical work. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate standard office equipment; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone. Positions in this classification occasionally bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push, and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information. Employees may be required to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing up to 30 pounds. Employees work in an office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions, and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.



About Us

Team Garland consists of over 2,200 employees, spanning 700+ different roles! Garland is committed to diversity and inclusion and creating pathways to employment for all. We have an organizational culture of appreciation, development, and growth. Many of our employees choose Garland for lifelong careers.  We are guided by the City’s Mission, Vision, and Value Statements and a commitment to public service. Team Garland makes a difference in the Garland community every day. 



Garland’s vision is to be a progressive city working together to nurture and grow the economic, social, environmental, and cultural well-being of our community.



We are committed to preserve public trust, deliver quality services, promote economic growth, protect our community and enhance the quality of life for the good of our city and our future.


Experience Level
Entry (0-1 year)
AICP Level
Land Use and Development Regulation and Zoning
Salary Range