Planner or Senior Planner - Development Services

City of Plano

Plano, TX United States

This position is part of the 4-member Development Services team, focusing on research, ordinance updates, and creating customer-friendly documents and process improvements.  Projects include:

  • Zoning & Subdivision Ordinance amendments
  • Review and presentation of zoning variance requests to the Board of Adjustment
  • Review and preparation of Certificates of Occupancy, Zoning Verification Letters, and Open Record Requests
  • Zoning enforcement, including site plan review along with research of properties and historical development regulations
  • Cell antenna site plan reviews
  • GIS analysis for various research and special projects

The ideal candidate would:

  • Love doing research and getting to the root of an issue
  • Have strong analytical skills (e.g., GIS and Excel) and be able to organize data efficiently
  • Be comfortable reading and interpreting zoning and subdivision ordinances
  • Have good graphic design skills
  • Be a strong and clear technical writer
  • Have high attention to detail and enjoy creating, following, and improving processes
  • Live & reflect Plano’s SERVE values: Stewardship, Engaged, Respect, Visionary, Excellence

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Management reserves the rights to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Provides general customer services; responds to concerns and inquiries.
  • Performs technical analysis using adopted ordinances and policies.
  • Drafts various reports; maintains department and project files and documents.
  • Assists other team members within the division and department as needed.
  • Attends department, public, boards and commissions, and City Council meetings.
  • Regular and consistent attendance for the assigned work schedule is essential.
  • Identifies, researches, and evaluates amendments to zoning and development ordinances for the purpose of improving the development review process, meeting community objectives, and aligning with state law, applicable codes and ordinances, policies, and design guidelines, and makes recommendations to the Planning & Zoning Commission and City Council.
  • Prepares reports, graphics, maps, and associated studies and documentation for preparation and distribution to the Planning & Zoning Commission and City Council.
  • Works directly with applicants and their representatives before, during, and after the review process for certificates of occupancy and zoning compliance requests to inform them of the procedural requirements, address issues related to their applications, apprise them of staff recommendations, and provide documentation of actions performed by staff, the Planning & Zoning Commission, and City Council.
  • Performs research of, and maintains records on, historical zoning and development codes, and reviews properties for compliance with applicable ordinances, policies, and guidelines in coordination with city code enforcement representatives.
  • Oversees special team projects both within and between departments; manages and participates in the preparation of special reports and studies; provides opportunities for public involvement.
  • Makes presentations on zoning and development ordinance and compliance proposals before the Planning & Zoning Commission and City Council.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge of: Principles and practices of planning, historic preservation, or neighborhood engagement; Federal and State law; municipal government organization and functions; and legal terminology related to development documents.

Skill in: Communicating clearly and effectively, verbally and in writing, in both formal and informal settings; preparing a wide range of written materials that communicate effectively to various audiences; operating a computer, standard software, and some specialized software; reading and interpreting maps, plats, and demographic data; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships. Prefer skill in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator; Microsoft Power BI; Airtable; and ArcGIS.

 

Planner (Senior Planner is listed below.)

Distinguishing Characteristics: This is the journey-level classification in the Planner series that follows diversified procedures and implements processes to accomplish end results, within guidelines. Immediate supervision is available upon request.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning, Public Administration, Geography, Community Development, Historic Preservation, Architecture, or related field.

Experience: Two (2) years of experience in urban planning, neighborhood engagement, or heritage preservation. Membership in AICP desired.

Any work related experience resulting in acceptable proficiency levels in the above Minimum Qualifications is an acceptable substitute for the above specified education and experience requirements

 

Senior Planner

Distinguishing Characteristics: This is the advanced-level classification in the Planner series. The incumbent plans detailed methods to attain desired objectives working within established policy. Methods require use of initiatives and resourcefulness in developing and improving processes and procedures. Works under indirect supervision, conferring with supervisor on unusual matters. This class is distinguished from Planner in that it is a higher-level class in the series that performs more complex technical, investigative, and supervisory duties requiring a higher level of knowledge and skill.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Urban Planning, Public Administration, Geography, Community Development, Historic Preservation, Architecture, or related field.

Experience: Four (4) years of experience in urban planning, neighborhood engagement, or heritage preservation.  Membership in AICP preferred.

Any work related experience resulting in acceptable proficiency levels in the above Minimum Qualifications is an acceptable substitute for the above specified education and experience requirements

 

Licenses and Certifications: Texas Class C driver’s license

Conditions of Employment:   Must pass a drug test, driver license check, criminal history background check, periodic CJIS background check (for positions requiring access into Police buildings) and social security number verification check.

Physical Demands and Working Conditions: Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer, and to work in the field including traversing uneven terrain. 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 25 pounds.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills which may be required.

Experience Level
Mid I (1-4 years)
AICP Level
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Specialty
Land Use and Development Regulation and Zoning
Salary Range
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