Senior Planner
City of Grand Prairie - Grand Prairie, TX

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Job Code: 00022

Job Title: Senior Planner

Opening Date/Time: Mon. 01/28/13 12:00 AM Central Time

Closing Date/Time: Fri. 02/15/13 11:59 PM Central Time

Salary: $39,222.00 - $62,755.00 Annually

Job Type: Full Time

Location: Development Center, 206 W. Church Street, Grand Prairie, Texas

Department: Planning and Development

Exam Number: 00022

FLSA: Exempt position, not eligible for overtime compensation.

Position Description

The City of Grand Prairie is looking for a highly motivated self-starter to be part of its Planning Department as a Senior Planner. The purpose of this position is to assist the City's planning and development department. This is accomplished by reviewing and directing zoning and platting cases from submittal, to presentation, to planning and zoning, and finally to the council. Other duties include providing a review of permitted uses by zoning districts for new or expanding businesses and interacting with other City employees and the general public.

Job Duties:
  • Reviews and administrates the land development process by researching unified development code, administering, and specifying required procedures and processes for zoning, changes, specific use permits, platting cases, and appeals to zoning board of adjustment.

  • Administers the unified development code by researching the UDC to establish processes and standards for development of land and businesses by zoning districts and presenting information to the public and applicants.

  • Reviews and prepares staff reports and recommendations by researching past cases, researching UDC, reviewing and discussing with other departmental staff; presenting information to the applicant and preparing a final draft of reports and ordinances to planning and zoning and city council.

  • Presents zoning and platting cases to the planning and zoning commission by preparing and presenting oral presentations to boards, commissions, and council for public hearing items using computer and multimedia equipment.

  • Conducts research by using computers and peripherals; preparing staff reviews and reports; using a personal computer and network connection to review and approve building permits, development standards of platting, specific use and zoning cases.

  • Monitors cases by receiving cases, logging information in manually or by computer; assembling case file information; initiating location maps; preparing ownership research and establishing a time line for case processing.

Skills / Requirements Minimum Qualifications:
  • Work requires broad knowledge in a general professional or technical field. Knowledge is normally acquired through four years of college resulting in a Bachelor's degree or equivalent in City/Regional Planning, Architecture or related field.

  • Over two years up to and including three years in a Municipal Planning environment.

  • Valid Texas Class C Driver's License

  • Ability to read literature, books, reviews, scientific or technical journals, abstracts, financial reports, and/or legal documents. Ordinarily, such education is obtained at the college level or above. However, it may be obtained from experience and self-study.

  • Ability to deal with system of real numbers; practical application of fractions, percentages, ratios/proportions and measurement. Ordinarily, such education is obtained in high school up to college. However, it may be obtained from experience and self-study.

  • Ability to write editorials, journals, speeches, manuals, or critiques. Ordinarily, such education is obtained at the college level or above. However, it may be obtained from experience and self-study.

  • The employee normally performs the duty assignment after receiving general instructions as to methods, procedures, and desired end results.There is some opportunity for discretion when making selections among a few, easily identifiable choices. Assignment is reviewed upon completion.

  • Has little to no budgetary responsibility

  • Work is governed by broad instructions, objectives and policies. Requires the exercise of considerable initiative and independent analytical and evaluative judgment.

  • Work may require providing advice to others outside direct reporting relationships on specific problems or general policies. Contacts may require the consideration of different points of view to reach agreement. Elements of persuasion may be necessary to gain cooperation and acceptance of ideas.

Additional Information:
  • Graphic Information System (ESRI) mapping and data base management skills are required.

  • A Master's degree and Certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is preferred.

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