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  • Description:

    The City Planner provides a variety of routine and complex planning, zoning, and historic preservation permit review, code compliance, and technical work in the administration of municipal government. Maintains GIS mapping database and provide maps for Public Works and Development Department. Coordinates projects with Development Coordinator, Public Works and Development Department staff, property owners, developers, and planning/development consultants.


    1. At the direction of the Executive Director of the Public Works and Development Department, performs all tasks assigned related to activities that may include planning, zoning, historic preservation, GIS mapping, and development agreement review.

    2. Prepares and presents staff reports and provides assistance to a variety of commissions, boards, and the City Council.

    3. Manages planning-related agenda items for Planning and Zoning Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, City Council, and other commission, committee and board meetings as necessary.

    4. Coordinates and attends pre-submittal and technical review meetings on development projects.

    5. Coordinates with Development Coordinator on large-scale or complicated development projects.

    6. Serves as project manager for development agreements and planned development districts. Coordinate with developer, city staff, and consultants. Provide technical assistance, prepare reports, coordinate meetings, and prepare and keep track of project timelines.

    7. Maintains GIS mapping database. Update data as necessary and back-up data regularly. Prepare maps for staff reports, and update Official City Map, Zoning Map, ETJ Map, Transportation Plan Map and Trail Map on regular basis. Fulfill Public Information Act (PIA) requests for GIS data. 

    8. Works with City Engineer, Building Official, Development Coordinator, and other City officials/staff/consultants when necessary to review planning applications and permits.

    9. Supervises planning assistant and other staff as needed to accomplish planning and permitting assignments.

    10. Confers with and advises members of the general public, property owners, architects, engineers, developers, consultants, and others regarding planning and development policies, procedures, and standards.

    11. Leads in the development and administration of comprehensive and subsidiary plans for the physical development of the City. Advise planning and development staff and City officials of proposed comprehensive plan amendments and development of new plans.

    12. Leads in the development of plans for land use patterns, housing needs, parks and recreation opportunities, highways and transportation systems, economic development, and other aspects of future growth and development.

    13. Manages annexations of land into the City’s corporate boundary. Coordinate with City Secretary regarding required public notices.

    14. Analyzes land use problems, visualizes futures, compares alternatives, and describes implications, so that public officials and citizens can make knowledgeable decisions.

    15. Takes lead in City planning process to involve interest groups, citizens, and public officials in stimulating and thought-provoking ways.

    16. Oversees creation of applications including but not limited to zoning amendment applications, historic preservation certificate of appropriateness applications, development agreement applications, and others as determined by supervisor, City Administrator, or Deputy City Administrator.

    17. Assists in maintenance of all Development Department Records.

    18. Formulates staff recommendations and status reports.

    19. Represents the City at various meetings.

    20. Attends workshops/conferences/training as approved by the City. Maintains good standing with APA/AICP.

    21. Travels to various project sites and meetings in and out of the City.

  • Level: Mid-Career
  • Position Reports To: Executive Director of the Public Works and Development Department
  • Starts On: March 5, 2018, 12:50 p.m.

Jobs Requirements

  • Experience:

    Candidates with a Bachelor degree must have at least seven (7) years of planning, land use, development, or related work experience. Candidates with a Master’s degree must also have at least five (5) years of planning, land use, development, or related work experience. Previous work experience for a City and/or development firm preferred.

    Must be eligible for taking AICP exam upon hire or already possess AICP certification.

  • Skills:

    Must be proficient at public speaking and delivering presentations to boards, committees, commissions, City Council and staff.

  • Computer Skills:

    Must have experience with ArcGIS.

  • Education Required:

    Must possess a Bachelor degree in planning, geography, urban studies, architecture, landscape architecture, or related field. Master’s degree preferred. Candidates with a Bachelor degree must have at least seven (7) years of planning, land use, development, or related work experience. Candidates with a Master’s degree must also have at least five (5) years of planning, land use, development, or related work experience.

Company Information

  • City of Dripping Springs
    511 Mercer Street
    Dripping Springs TX 78620-

Contact Information

  • Michelle Fischer
    Phone: (512) 858-4725
  • Contact Method:

    To apply, please download a City employment, complete it and submit it to City Administrator Michelle Fischer at