Location: Austin, TX

Planner III

Closing: 12/01/2022

The Development Services Department (DSD) assists homeowners, business owners, and contractors when they build, demolish, remodel or perform any type of construction to ensure compliance with applicable city and building codes.

DSD is seeking a Planner III to join the Land Development Information Service team. The primary responsibility will be to review Site Plan Exemptions and Site Plan Corrections and provide technical and process coaching to the general public on matters related to zoning, site plan and subdivision review. This position will interface and communicate directly with the public, other city departments, applicants, interested parties, etc. on a wide range of development related topics. The ideal candidate will be motivated by public service and guiding others, will have a curiosity that propels them to learn something new every day, and will relish being part of a multidisciplinary team driven to preserve Austin’s quality of life and foster applicant’s success.

Essential Duties and Functions

  • Researches information as requested and/or needed. Analyzes data to discover patterns and/or discrepancies.
  • Writes information reports. Writes/drafts legal documents, i.e. contracts, regulations, ordinance amendments, resolutions, etc.
  • Answers citizen questions and provide assistance. Speaks as City representative before boards, commissions, public groups, etc.
  • Reviews plats and site plans for compliance with policy codes, ordinances, standards, etc. Reviews traffic impact analyses.
  • Provides technical advice and assistance to citizens, contractors, departments, management, etc. Coordinates meetings between consultants, public, etc. and city staff. Coordinates division/section activities with other divisions/sections.
  • Interprets/explains/enforces city policies and procedures, building/land development codes specifications, ordinances, etc.
  • Conducts field checks to verify correctness of data. Reviews and evaluates various reports and studies. Maintain project files and records.
  • Develops short/long range plans.
  • Seeks/evaluates/recommends purchase of city property. Monitor contract expenditures.
  • Plans and develops survey instruments, i.e. questionnaires, rating scales, etc., and methodology for use.
  • Utilizes and modifies computer models and statistical packages for planning application.

Education and/or Equivalent Experience

  • Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college with major coursework in Planning, Geography, Social Science, Landscape Architecture, or a planning related field, plus three (3) years of experience in planning related work.
  • Twelve (12) semester hours of relevant graduate college course work may substitute for six (6) months of required experience with a maximum substitution of two (2) years.
  • Experience in planning related work may substitute for the education up to the maximum of four (4) years.

Preferred Experience

  • Ability to work in a deadline focused environment while balancing multiple projects, changing priorities and additional responsibilities.
  • Experience with the Land Development Code and related criteria manuals.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with excellent written and verbal communication skills in writing, reviewing, and interpreting technical documents.
  • Ability to explain city practices, policies and procedures related to permitting and land development to a wide range of audiences and resolving complex customer service issues in that context.
  • Experience with a municipal permitting database (such as AMANDA) or similar database application .

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