Location: Fort Worth, TX

Senior Planner - Zoning

Salary: $66,898 - $86,967 annual compensation

Closing: Wednesday, September 14, 2022

The City of Fort Worth is the 13th largest city in the U.S. and the fastest-growing among large cities. Fort Worth has received multiple accolades, including number one Downtown (Livability), and the second-best City in the nation for Job Seekers (Forbes). Our employees serve the needs of over 900,000 residents. We are seeking individuals with a passion for Planning and Land Use, and also reflective of our values of accountability, ethical behavior, mutual respect, embracing diversity, continuous improvement, and exceptional customer service.

A Zoning Sr Planner job is available with the City of Fort Worth Development Services Department. The Development Services Department 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 motivated to implement best practices and to provide excellent customer experiences. The Zoning and Land Use Section plays a critical role in achieving the City’s vision by providing expert advice on zoning and development proposals; generating development ordinance amendments to streamline and expedite the customer experience; and providing recommendations and guidance to our City Council, Boards, Commissions, and community groups.

The primary purpose of this position is to maintain the integrity of the City’s land use regulations through administration of the Zoning Ordinance. This includes outreach and education, evaluating applications for rezoning, updating ordinances as needed, and facilitating requests for Zoning Commission recommendations. The secondary purpose of this position is to research and propose recommendations on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as relates to Zoning. Staff will also provide site review for developments, as needed, by participation in pre-development conferences or other customer focused efforts.

Job Responsibilities

  • Analyze and interpret complex planning, zoning, and land use activities for Commissions, Boards, developers and the general public.
  • Develop Text and/or Map Amendments to the Zoning Ordinance on emerging issues, such as Short-Term Rentals or other Council priorities.
  • Attend neighborhood meetings and assist in the advancement of Zoning knowledge.
  • Prepare clear and concise staff reports with professional recommendations toward regulatory compliance, consistency with adopted plans, and compatibility with surrounding properties and land uses.
  • Read construction drawings, site and area plans to include architectural, landscape, and other site design and land use related items.
  • Knowledge and understanding of public participation processes, public approval processes, policy creation and implementation process.
  • Assist with development process including but not limited to entitlement process, permitting process, design standards and guidelines, and review process.
  • Convey planning concepts and recommendations to a wide audience through excellent plan writing and presentation skills.
  • Create, analyze, and interpret statistical and graphic planning information, while being able to build effective working relationships with a variety of stakeholders and staff.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning, Urban Design, Architecture, Public Administration, or a related field from an accredited university.
  • Five (5) years in Land Use Planning, Transportation Planning, Urban Design, Architecture, or Public Administration.
  • Valid Driving License.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in any of the above-mentioned areas.
  • Specific experience with either zoning ordinance development; short-term rentals; diversity, equity and inclusion as relates to zoning; or accessory dwelling unit regulations.
  • Experience preparing and presenting to Boards and Commissions.
  • Experience reviewing development plans and facilitating projects.
  • Spanish speaking skills.
  • Working knowledge of the following software: Accela, ArcGIS, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office.
  • AICP, CNU-A, or AIA.
  • Attention to detail and methodic following of all steps in development approval processes.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects with competing deadlines in a fast-faced environment.
  • Exemplary customer service, consistent teamwork, positive and proactive attitude, and professional accountability.

Preferred Qualifications
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