Senior Planner - Downtown & Historical Preservation Officer

City of Kingsville

Kingsville, TX

Salary: $45,680 - $65,059 DOQ

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Job Overview

Under the direction of the Planning and Development Services Director, performs professional urban planning work and implements planning, zoning and historic preservation regulations and City standards for development projects and clarifies technical issues. Oversees development projects and verifies compliance with all required city, state and federal guidelines relating to historic preservation.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Prepares reports, presentations, and recommendation on planning issues
  • Reviews and evaluates development proposals, designs, applications, planning and zoning changes, variance requests, technical documents, and special permits for compliance with City standards, historic preservation, and regulatory requirements
  • Reviews development plans with resident, developers, and builders.
  • Administers the Certified Local Government Program with the Texas Historical Commission and acts as the Historic Preservation Officer for the City.
  • Schedules, creates agenda, and serves as staff to the Historic Development Board.
  • Researches and evaluates design and preservation related matters such as exterior changes to both residential/commercial additions/alterations, demolitions/relocation proposals, and new business signage/design for compliance with adopted design guidelines.
  • Assists in the administration of grant applications related to historic preservations areas
  • Assists in the development of long-range studies in conformity with City’s comprehensive plan, the Downtown Plan and supplementary planning guidance as it relates to the downtown and historic districts.
  • Answers inquiries and assists the public and other agencies in matters relating to planning, zoning, permit review and other City standards and regulations.
  • Monitors compliance with planning/zoning standards within City particularly within the Historic District.
  • Manages special research projects on planning issues, ordinance revisions, zoning violations, historic preservation, and other planning projects.
  • Assists with preparing long-range plans for the community, including updates to the Comprehensive Plan, neighborhood plans, transportation plans and other small area and strategic plans
  • Utilizes Geographic Information System maps and other graphic presentations to illustrate land use plans and planning concepts
  • Assists in maintaining records, files, and plans using GIS system.
  • Develops recommendations and summarizes issues for presentation to the Planning & Zoning Commission, Zoning Board of Adjustments and Historical Development Board.
  • Reviews preliminary site plans and prepares comments for zoning, land use, historical preservation, annexation, and variance cases.
  • Draws plans, diagrams, graphs, tables, charts, and maps using drafting and drawing tools.

Other Duties and Responsibilities:   Assists with special projects and performs all other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Urban Planning, Historic Preservation, Urban Design, Landscape, Architecture, or planning related field; Four (4) years of full-time increasingly responsible professional work experience.  Acceptable Equivalency:  Any equivalent combination of experience, training, and/or education which would demonstrate the individual’s knowledge, skill, and ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the position.

Employee Behavior and Conduct

City employees shall conduct themselves in a professional manner and shall exhibit and extend such professional conduct appropriate for the circumstances to those with whom they come into contact both internally and externally during the performance of their duties.  Examples of professional conduct include, but are not limited to, being communicative, informative, fair, honest and respectful.

All City employees are required in the course and scope of their employment to provide services for the benefit of the public during emergency situations that threaten the safety of Kingsville’s citizens. City employees must be able to work immediately before, during, and/or immediately after an emergency.

All positions require the following: 1) High School diploma or equivalent, 2) Valid driver’s license 3) satisfactory driving record and 4) proof of eligibility to legally work in the U.S.   The successful applicant is required to pass a pre-employment drug screen and background investigation. 

Apply online at or visit the City of Kingsville HR office at 400 E. King, Kingsville, Texas 78363.  For more information call 361-595-8017 or e-mail  [email protected]    EOE.                                                                                                                                 

Posted November 17, 2021, 11:49 AM PST

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