The Senior Planner performs duties related to planning, utilizing various development codes, processing and reviewing development applications, and communicating development regulations to the general public, developers, citizens, and officials. The Senior Planner is responsible for developing and conducting projects relating to growth, development, redevelopment, revitalization, and the physical organization of the city. Duties include the review of annexation and zoning requests, demographics, long range planning, and corridor planning. The position also coordinates development activities and projects with other departments, developers, builders, outside agencies, and the general public.
Reports to: Director of Building and Development Services
MAIN JOB TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Provides excellent customer services; responds to concerns and inquiries.
- Assists other team members within the division and department as needed.
- Prepares reports, graphics, and associated studies and documentation for preparation and distribution to citizens, developers, businesses, city staff, the Zoning and Planning Commission, and City Council.
- Attends and presents at department, public, boards and commissions, and City Council meetings as needed.
- Manages, prepares, revises, and implements the city’s Comprehensive Plan.
- Coordinates with other departments and divisions to monitor the implementation of the Comprehensive Plan.
- Provides policy recommendations to Building and Development Services Department staff and other departments to ensure future projects align with the Comprehensive Plan.
- Implements, monitors progress, and collaborates with other departments to makes necessary updates to all components of the Comprehensive Plan.
- Analyzes and evaluates zoning and development proposals in accordance with applicable codes and ordinances, policies, and design guidelines; coordinates with other affected departments, divisions, and outside organizations such as school districts.
- Processes zoning and development applications in accordance with established procedures for public notification and coordinates action by the appropriate staff entity or public body.
- Reviews complex plats and site plans for compliance with policy codes, ordinances and standards.
- Works directly with applicants and their representatives before, during, and after the review process for zoning and development requests to inform them of the procedural requirements, address issues related to their applications, and provides documentation of actions performed by staff, the Zoning and Planning Commission, and City Council.
- Identifies, as needed, amendments to relevant codes, ordinances, procedures, policies, and guidelines for the purpose of improving the development review process and meeting community objectives.
- Coordinates City response to issues related to large and/or complex development and redevelopment projects.
- Designs and organizes databases for demographics, development monitoring, and other planning related files, and responds to inquiries regarding the City’s demographics.
- 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.
- Conveys a positive, professional image by action, communication and appearance.
- Exhibits regular, reliable and punctual attendance.
- Performs other related duties as required/assigned.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
- Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university, in Urban Planning, Public Administration, Geography, Community Development, Historic Preservation, Architecture, or related field.
- A Master's degree in Urban Planning, Urban Design, Architecture, Public Administration or a related field is preferred.
- Minimum of three (3) years of full-time work experience in urban planning.
- Experience managing projects related to construction, plats, site plans, zoning changes, code amendments, annexations, or comprehensive plans is preferred.
CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSES AND SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
- Proof of citizenship and/or eligibility to legally work in the United States.
- Maintain valid Texas Driver’s License with satisfactory driving record, as defined by City policy.
- AICP certification preferred.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
- 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.
- 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.
- Reading and interpreting maps, plats, and demographic data.
- GIS software and principles.
- Knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite Software.
- Ability to learn new concepts and apply knowledge appropriately.
- Ability to act in the best interest of the City, maintain confidentiality and continually strive to improve self and job performance.
- Ability to perform effectively while working independently or as part of a team.
- Ability to video, edit, and create strong Power Point/Prezi Presentations.
WORKING CONDITIONS and PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
- Work environment is primarily an office setting, where noise and temperature levels are moderate
- May be subject to high stress situations which include receiving details of criminal acts of violence as well as viewing reports and images of such violence.
- May work during late evening or early morning hours and/or weekends as necessary.
- Work occasionally requires travel, including over-night stays, involving training and conducting City business.
- The work is sedentary work which requires exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body.
- Must possess the physical ability to work primarily with fingers, perceive the nature of sounds, make rational decisions through sound logic and deductive processes, express or exchange ideas by the spoken word, substantial movements (motions) with the hands, wrists, and/or fingers, and discern letters or numbers at a given distance.
- Additionally, the following physical abilities are required: hearing, manual dexterity, mental acuity, reaching, repetitive motion, speaking, talking, and visual acuity.
Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
This description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions; it does not proscribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.
This job description may be changed at any time.
City of Lakeway is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act & Amendments Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please contact the Human Resources Department at (512) 314-7508.
The City of Lakeway is an Equal Opportunity Employer.