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Planning Manager - Downtown Development & Preservation

City of McKinney
McKinney, TX
United States
Professional Areas: 
Community Development
Experience Level: 
AICP Certification: 
$76,470.51 - $114,705.25 Annually


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-inspired 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 as a high performance organization.


The Downtown Development and Preservation Planning Manager should be a confident, self-disciplined person who can work closely with the Department Director, elected and appointed officials, other city departments, public agencies, developers, and the public to ensure that the preservation and revitalization goals of the city are met. This includes but is not limited to development and redevelopment in the city’s Historic Town Center, historic preservation, implementation of innovative financing tools and incentive programs, and management of the Historic Preservation Advisory Board (HPAB). In order to be successful, the person in this position must be able to motivate and inspire staff to strive for excellence while thriving in an innovative, fast-paced, and competitive environment.



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.



  • Exhibits respect, integrity, service and excellence in all actions, speech, and decisions. 
  • Provides leadership and management for activities including but not limited to revitalization and historic preservation, the development process (i.e., platting, zoning, site planning, annexations) and/or comprehensive planning and research.
  • Responsibilities related to revitalization and historic preservation include managing a team whose day-to-day activities involve the administration of programs such as the City’s Historic Preservation Overlay District, the McKinney Town Center form-based code, the Historic Neighborhood Improvement Zone, the Neighborhood Empowerment Zone, and the Tax the Increment Reinvestment Zone.
  • Responsibilities related to the development process include managing a team whose day-to-day activities involve the review and recommendation of current planning applications, creating staff reports for the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council, satisfying legal notification requirements, and frequently interacting with public stakeholders, the development community and city officials. 
  • Responsibilities related to comprehensive planning and research include managing a team whose day-to-day activities involve the administration of the city’s Comprehensive Plan, research, and analysis of spatial data for the purpose of informing decision making, performing special studies and public outreach, developing, and implementing policies and programs related to growth and development, frequently interacting with public stakeholders, the development community and city officials. 
  • Manages professional and technical personnel including, but not limited to instructing; assigning, reviewing, and planning the work of others; monitoring standards; coordinating activities; allocating resources; and recommending employee transfers, promotions, and salary increases as appropriate.
  • Manages the recruitment, selection, and coordination of consultants which are contracted to provide professional services.
  • Advises developers, property owners, and the public regarding planning issues.
  • Resolves citizen and developer concerns.
  • Prepares ordinances, resolutions and/or policies for consideration by Boards and Commissions.
  • Conducts organizational and operational studies and recommends modifications to affected programs, policies, and procedures.
  • Performs public relations and outreach work related to planning and development activities.
  • Interprets the Comprehensive Plan and applies its goals and policies for proposed development analysis and review and recommendations.
  • Interprets and explains the zoning ordinance, including permitted uses, development standards, definitions of uses, and zoning maps.
  • Interprets subdivision plats for compliance with conditions of approval, prior to filing for public record at the county.
  • Develops and/or implements the City’s Impact Fee Program.
  • Manages the implementation of the TIRZ district(s) and presents to the TIRZ Board(s).
  • Reviews State statutes for local government responsibilities regarding land development issues to ensure that the City is following proper processes and discusses with City Attorney as needed.
  • Assists in ensuring that the City Council’s goals and focus areas are being satisfied and properly addressed.
  • Performs and manages the performance of field inspections of development property, from site visits during application review to final Certificate of Occupancy inspections and/or performs area studies including windshield surveys, neighborhood and area surveys, and other field work.
  • Presents and manages the presentation of staff reports and/or long-range planning studies to the Historic Preservation Advisory Board, Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council.
  • Meets with and manages others’ interactions with key City Staff in order to further the land use and development goals of the city including members of the Engineering Department, Fire Marshal’s Office, City Attorney’s Office, City Manager’s Office, the City Secretary, the Chief Building Official, Parks, Recreation and Open Space, etc.
  • Coordinates the negotiation, execution, and implementation of developer and facilities agreements.
  • Assists Executive Director of Development Services and Director of Planning with major ordinance updates.
  • Assists Engineering Department in the issuance of development permits by reviewing construction plans and subdivision plats, as needed.
  • Assists the Building Inspections Department in the issuance of building permits by reviewing commercial and multi-family building permit site plans and landscape plans, as needed.
  • Complies with all city policies and procedures, including those defined in the City of McKinney Employee Handbook
  • Adheres to assigned work schedule as outlined in city and department attendance policies and procedures.
  • Provides timely, accurate and thorough performance evaluations for managed employees.
  • Drives to and from destinations as assigned by the Director.     



  • Perform other duties as assigned or directed.                           



  • 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.
  • Requires the ability to evaluate, audit, deduce, and/or assess data using established criteria. Includes exercising discretion in determining actual or probable consequences and in referencing such evaluation to identify and select alternatives.
  • Requires the ability to apply principles of persuasion and/or influence over others in a managerial capacity. 
  • Requires the ability to operate, maneuver and/or control the actions of equipment, machinery, tools, and/or materials used in performing essential functions. 
  • Requires the ability to utilize a wide variety of reference, descriptive, and/or advisory data and information.
  • Requires the ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; the ability to calculate decimals and percentages; the ability to utilize principles of fractions; and the ability to interpret graphs.
  • Requires the ability to apply principles of influence systems, such as motivation, incentive, and leadership, and to exercise independent judgment to apply facts and principles for developing approaches and techniques to resolve problems.
  • Requires the ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in situations involving the evaluation of information against sensory, judgmental, or subjective criteria, as opposed to that which is clearly measurable or verifiable.
  • Requires the ability to perform simple movements requiring moderate coordination, such as those required to operate office equipment or computer equipment. Requires the ability to perform semi-skilled coordinated movements, such as those required to operate motor vehicles. 
  • Requires the ability to work in a team environment; contribute as a team member and treat co-workers, subordinates, and customers with respect.
  • Requires the ability to build professional relationships with internal staff and customers.
  • Requires the ability to offer flexibility and adaptability, especially during times of change.
  • Requires the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with citizens and elected and appointed officials.  
  • Requires the ability to focus on minute details in an attempt to ensure error-free, high-quality results while simultaneously motivating employees to achieve the same error-free, high-quality results.



Bachelor’s degree in Planning, Geography, Sociology, Urban Studies, Historic Preservation, or closely related field and five (5) years previous experience. 


Master’s degree in Planning, Geography, Sociology, Urban Studies, Historic Preservation, or closely related field and three (3) years 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 may be an acceptable substitute for the above specified education and experience requirements.


  • Master’s degree in Planning, Geography, Sociology, Urban Studies, Historic Preservation, or closely related field.

  • AICP certification.


  • Must pass a drug screen and background check.
  • Must have Class C Texas Driver’s License.


Tasks involve the ability to exert light physical effort in sedentary to light work, which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of light weight (25 pounds).  Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or workstation.   Some tasks require visual and sound perception and discrimination and oral communications ability.


Essential functions are generally 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.

The City of McKinney is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) committed to an alcohol / drug free workplace and to providing equal opportunities regardless of age, race, color, gender, religion, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.

Published on:
May 27, 2021 - 12:11pm
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