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Location: Fort Worth, TX

SENIOR PLANNER

Closing Date: (Open for only four weeks)

Salary: (Depending on Qualifications)

DEVELOPMENT SERVICES / PLANNING DIVISION / LAND USE AND ZONING SECTION

Fort Worth is the 13th-largest city in the United States and the fifth-largest city in the state of Texas with a population of 812,238. The City is home to acclaimed world-class opportunities for business, education, cultural pursuits and affordable living. Access to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and major transportation infrastructure put the world in easy reach. Fort Worth welcomes visitors from around the world to experience the great American West, world class museums and cultural venues, and rich arts and culinary treasures. The City is also home to an emerging craft brewing and distilling industry, locally made goods, and a growing live music scene. As one of the most affordable large cities in Texas, Fort Worth is a significantly more affordable option than Austin and Dallas.

The Development Services Department team works with citizens, businesses, developers, and other stakeholders to achieve the City’s vision of becoming the most livable and best managed city in the country. Our fast paced work environment and focus on constant improvement keeps us constantly motivated to implement best practices to provide excellent customer experiences. Our Zoning and Land Use Section team plays a critical role in achieving the vision by providing expert advice on zoning and development requests; generating development ordinance amendment to streamline and expedite the customer experience; and, providing recommendations and guidance our council, boards, commissions, and community groups.

The PRIMARY purpose of this position is to work with our team administering the Zoning Ordinance. This includes including multiple design districts e.g. Mixed-Use, Urban Residential, Mixed Residential Districts and Neighborhood Empowerment Zone Standards and Guidelines. This also includes work with our team on outreach and education, evaluating applications for rezoning, updating ordinances and design standards, and administering the Zoning Commission.

The SECONDARY purpose of this position is to provide as needed design review and site review for developments through pre development conferences or other customer level efforts. This will include managing certain cases for the Urban Design Commission.

JOB DUTIES:

  • Analyze and interpret complex planning, zoning, and land use activities to commissions, boards, developers and the public.
  • Interpret and explain City planning and design policies and procedures.
  • Prepare clear and concise staff reports with professional recommendation to outlining compliance with regulations, consistency with plans, and compatibility with surrounding properties and land uses.
  • Summarize complex subject matter.
  • Read construction drawings site and area maps including architectural, landscape, and other site design and use related items.
  • Knowledge of emerging land use and urban design concepts and best practices.
  • Site planning and design techniques and methods.
  • Public participation processes, public approval processes, policy creation and implementation process.
  • Principles and practices of project management.
  • Development process including but not limited to entitlement process, permitting process, design standards and guidelines, and review process for design projects.

MINIMUM REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Planning,
  • Urban Planning or Design, Public Administration, Urban Geography, or a related field
  • Five (5) years’ experience in planning, urban design, workforce development or related field.
  • Valid Texas Driver's License

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master’s Degree in Urban Planning, Public Administration, Urban Geography, Architecture or related field.
  • Significant knowledge of land use and urban design concepts and best practices.
  • Ideal candidate will have the ability to successfully convey planning concepts and recommendations to a wide audience through excellent plan writing and presentation skills.
  • The candidate will also be adept at creating, analyzing, and interpreting statistical and graphic planning information, while being able to build effective working relationships with a variety of stakeholders and staff
  • GIS skills are highly desirable and preferred.
  • Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint skills required.