General Statement of Duties
Under the general supervision of the City Administrator, the City Planner is responsible for all administrative work related to planning and development including responding to development inquiries, technical review of plat, zoning, and Board of Adjustment applications, preparing presentations and making recommendations to appropriate city boards, updating zoning and subdivisions ordinances as needed and coordinating efforts with the City Engineer, City Attorney, Building Official, Code Enforcement Officer and others employees or city consultants. The City Planner will be responsible for exercising leadership skills and coordinating the development of planning studies and other plans for the City and working with outside consultants as needed and approved by the City Council.
The primary functions listed below are those that represent the main objectives of this class:
- Maintain regular, reliable, and prompt attendance, physically present to work;
- Plans, evaluates, and directs policies, programs, and operations through division supervisors and /or Assistant Director;
- Directs the preparation and implementation of department budget and makes procedural and operational recommendations to City management through work plans;
- Serves as advisor to and representative of the City on growth management activities;
- Drafts official documents such as code amendments; requests for proposals, ordinances, and resolutions
- Composes planning reports and related documents such as memorandums, letters, and agenda backup;
- Instructs staff activities related to policies, procedures and planning principles; administers contracts;
- Establishes the department work priority, prepares departments work plans and schedules.
- Meet or respond to engineers and developers on specific land development proposals;
- Dispense zoning information to developers and the general public;
- Processes variance, rezoning requests and special exceptions; researches case histories; writes reports and recommendations. Prepares studies to update Zoning Code and related ordinances.
- Prepares back-up and acts as advisor to various boards and City Commission;
- Maintains files and records of all rezoning, site plans, variances, special exceptions, right-of-way acquisitions or abandonments, permits, beverage licenses, group homes, and occupational licenses;
- Makes presentations before the City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission;
- Reviews and recommends approval or denial of occupational licenses, alcoholic beverages licenses, and any other permit or licenses needing Planning and Zoning or City Commission action;
- Reviews, proofreads, and corrects planning reports and documents;
- Reviews and analyzes rezoning, variances, subdivisions, and site plans for consistency with the comprehensive plan. Makes recommendations concerning same;
- Research state, federal, regional, and county planning regulations; analyzes data; answers questions from the general public concerning planning matters;
- Develop and maintain land use data base as part of growth management planning activities;
- Maintains plats and maps of the City’s boundaries and zoning district.
- Performs related work as required; and
- Perform other work as assigned.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
The City would prefer to hire a full-time City Planner working a minimum of 40 hours per week. However, the City will consider a part-time arrangement. Incumbent must have the ability to work flexible hours when required including several evening meetings per month. Salary and work hours negotiable DOQ.
Must have the use of sensory skills in order to effectively communicate and interact with other employees and the public through the use of the telephone and personal contact as normally defined by the ability to see, read, talk, hear, handle, or feel objects and controls. Physical capability to effectively use and operate various items of office related equipment, such as, but not limited to, personal computer, calculator, copier, and fax machine. No significant standing, walking, moving, climbing, carrying, bending, kneeling, reaching, crawling, handling, sitting, standing, pushing, or pulling. The noise level in this environment is usually quiet in an inside office setting. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.
Minimum Qualifications and Requirements
• Bachelor’s degree in Urban or Regional Planning, Public Administration, or a related field,
• Five (5) years of extensive professional experience as a professional planner or increasingly responsible work in a major department or division in local government administration. A comparable amount of training and experience may be substituted for the minimum qualifications.
AICP certification preferred
• Must possess a valid, Texas (Class C) driver’s license and an acceptable driving record.
• Pre-employment drug screen and physical required.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge – Knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of urban planning. Knowledge of building inspection, building regulations, zoning codes and licensing activities. Knowledge of comprehensive land use planning and development regulations. Knowledge of basic engineering principles and practices. Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language. Knowledge of computer software: Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, Word Perfect, and Microsoft Power Point.
Skills – Using logical reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses and find alternative solutions, conclusions or resolutions to problems. Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. Understanding sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job. Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Abilities -Ability to plan, direct, and coordinate a wide range of planning, inspections, enforcement, and licensing activities. Ability to supervise many employees through divisional supervisors. Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. Ability to exercise good judgment and perform a wide range of supervisory responsibilities. The ability to listen and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions. The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. Ability to prepare technical and administrative reports.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Please send resume and cover letter to:
Shelly Green, City Secretary
or mail to:
Shelly Green, City Secretary
1371 W. FM 550
Deadline to apply is December 17, 2021