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Planner I (Development Review)

City of McKinney
McKinney, TX
United States
Experience Level: 
Entry Level

Working for the City of McKinney is more than a job.  It is an opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.  It is also an opportunity to have a hand in the development of one of the fastest growing communities in the nation.  In 2014, our community was named "The #1 Best Place to Live in America."  Although proud of that honor, everyone on our team is committed to making McKinney an even better place to live, work and raise a family.  That's why we exist.
City of McKinney employees work hard and at a very fast pace.  However, we also look after and support one another.  All of us are guided by four employee-generated values – Respect, Integrity, Service, and Excellence (RISE).  We are also supported by servant-based leaders who foster and support a healthy, family-oriented culture.  All new employees are expected to embrace and live by our core values and commit to helping us sustain our exceptional work environment.
Under general supervision, the purpose of this position is to review and analyze current planning proposals and to provide recommendations to appointed and elected officials; advise developers, property owners and the public through the development process; perform technical reviews of site and subdivision plans; prepare technical reports and; carry out other work as assigned.


Essential Functions/Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities


In order for us to continue to achieve our primary function of making McKinney a better place to live, work, and raise a family, we hold these expectations for all employees. 

  • Learn and demonstrate an understanding of how team, department, and City goals are interconnected.
  • Contribute to a positive work culture.
  • Maintain regular and reliable attendance.
  • Ability to assess his/her work performance or the work performance of the team.
  • Contribute to the development of others and/or the working unit or overall organization.
  • Ability and willingness to work as part of a team, to demonstrate team skills, and to perform a fair share of team responsibilities.
  • Ability to continuously learn and develop through a mix of internal and external training opportunities, and if applicable, encourage subordinates to do the same.


  • Conducts reviews of site plans, plats, (re)zonings, specific use permits, facade plans and other cases as assigned.
  • Prepares staff reports and makes recommendations on cases including, but not limited to, plats, (re)zonings, specific use permits, and site plans for the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council.
  • Meets with and makes presentations to City staff, city officials, and elected and appointed officials to discuss proposed developments.
  • Advises the public and developers on the development process for various case types, fees, and policies.
  • Assists in the development, drafting and implementation of policies and regulations related to growth and development.
  • Prepares maps and exhibits for the development community and public as needed.
  • Performs field inspections of development property, from site visits during application review to final Certificate of Occupancy inspections.
  • Coordinates the implementation of development standards, policies and the Comprehensive Plan amongst city staff and departments.
  • Complies with all written City policies and procedures.
  • Adheres to assigned work schedule as outlined in City and department attendance policies and procedures. 


  • Ability to embrace and embody the City’s core values of Respect, Integrity, Service, and Excellence (R.I.S.E.)
  • Ability to communicate effectively with peers, supervisors, subordinates, and people to whom service is provided.
  • Ability to produce desired work outcomes, including quality, quantity, and timeliness.
  • Ability to plan and organize work, time, and resources, and if applicable, that of subordinates.
  • Knowledge of planning principles, specifically related to land use planning, development, community engagement, and implementation.
  • Understands how short term decision making affects long-term planning goals of the city.
  • Requires strong analytical skills and the ability to communicate effectively both in writing and verbally.
  • Skill to evaluate, audit, deduce, and/or assess data and/or information using established criteria.  Includes exercise of discretion in determining actual or probable consequences, and in referencing such evaluation to identify and select alternatives.
  • Skill to read and interpret spatial data using GIS software.
  • Skill to operate, maneuver and/or control the actions of equipment, machinery, tools, and/or materials used in performing essential functions.
  • Skill to utilize a variety of advisory and design data and information, such as zoning and subdivision codes, planning maps, state statutes and city ordinances.
  • Skill to perform mathematical operations involving basic algebraic principles and formulas, and basic geometric principles and calculations.
  • Skill to perform semi-skilled coordinated movements, such as performing data entry on a computer, operating a vehicle, and utilizing an engineering scale.
  • Ability to provide guidance, assistance, and/or interpretation to others on how to apply procedures and standards to specific situations.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment to apply facts and principles for developing approaches and techniques to problem resolution.
  • Ability to exercise the judgment, decisiveness and creativity required in situations involving evaluation of information against measurable or verifiable criteria.
  • Ability to work in a team environment; contribute as a team member and treat co-workers, subordinates and customers with respect.
  • Exemplifies the core values of teamwork, respect, integrity, service and excellence for the City of McKinney and Development Services Division.
  • Exhibits enthusiasm for work and a dedication for achieving quality results in alignment with the city's goals and objectives.
  • Builds professional relationships with internal staff and customers.
  • Offer flexibility and adaptability, especially during times of change.


Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Planning, Geography, or closely related field and a minimum six (6) months' previous experience and/or training involving the review and development of planning recommendations.
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.
Master's degree in Planning, Geography, or closely related field.


  • Must pass a drug screen, driving record check, and background check.
  • Must have a valid Texas Class C driver's license.


Physical Demands/Supplemental


  • Over two-thirds of on-the-job time is spent talking, hearing, and sitting.
    Between one-thirds and two-thirds of on-the-job time is spent using one's hands to touch, handle or feel objects.
  • Less than one-third of on-the-job time is spent standing, walking and reaching with one's hands and arms.
  • The ability to lift and / or exert force up to ten (10) pounds may be required over two-thirds of the time.

Essential functions are regularly performed without exposure to adverse environmental conditions.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed as of the date of preparation and approval.  They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of the position.  Employees holding this position will be required to perform any other job-related duties as requested by management. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and all requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.

Published on:
February 16, 2021 - 8:02am
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