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City of Stephenville

Stephenville, TX United States



Under the general supervision of the Development Services Director, the Planner manages planning & development projects, which includes, but not limited to, research, analysis, preparing plans, reports, studies and presentation of data. This position performs technical planning duties requiring detailed examination, excellent writing, organizational and presentation skills.

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities:

Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience to perform all functions of this position, with or without reasonable accommodations. 

Essential duties and functions may include, but not limited to, the following:

  1. Analyzes and evaluates zoning and development proposals in accordance with applicable code, ordinances, policies, and design guidelines and makes presentations to the Planning and Zoning commission and the City Council.
  2. Works with zoning and development applicants and their representatives before, throughout the review process. 
  3.  Maintains open and effective communications with zoning and development applicants, city staff, and the residents of Stephenville.
  4. Compiles and analyzes data on economic, social, and physical factors affecting land use, and prepares graphic and narrative reports on data.
  5. Maintains departmental data and records related to demographic changes, building and development activity, and annual reports and studies.
  6. Develop municipal planning documents and plans, including amendments to the comprehensive plans and development ordinances.
  7. Prepares and presents oral and written technical reports to City Council, Boards, and the public.
  8. Meets with local authorities, land planning, and development consultants to devise and recommend arrangements of land use for residential, commercial, industrial, and community uses and strategies to promote economic development and community development.
  9. Performs advanced professional work related to a variety of planning assignments.
  10. Provide customer service and respond to concerns and inquiries.
  11. Processes zoning change applications, plat applications; prepares public notices and conducts property ownership research; assists customers with related planning and development questions.
  12. May serve as acting Planning Director in the absence of the director.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret technical procedures, or governmental regulations, including but not limited to Texas Local Government Code, ICC building regulations, and city ordinances and regulations.
  • Ability to read and understand engineering and architectural drawings and utilize appropriate scales.
  • Ability to read, review, and analyze legal descriptions, site plans, and other related planning documents.
  • Knowledge of zoning laws and comprehensive plans including their formation, process of adoption, and implementation.
  • Must be familiar with annexation procedures and pre-annexation agreements.
  • Ability to deal effectively, professionally, and ethically with the public and government officials.
  • Skill in interpreting City codes and ordinances and providing comparative analysis.
  • Knowledge of ArcMAP, and GIS software applications.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, urban development, public administration, geography, architecture or closely related field is required.
  • Three years increasingly responsible professional planning experience in municipal government, including significant experience in plan/plat review, zoning administration, and building code experience.
  • Or, any combination of related education, experience, certifications and licenses that will result in a candidate successfully performing the essential functions of the job

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Class C driver’s license
  • American Institute of Certified Planner certification or ability to achieve within one year upon obtaining required qualifying experience.

Work Environment/Physical Requirements:

The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Tasks are regularly performed without exposure to adverse environmental conditions. May be subject to repetitive motion such as typing, data entry and vision to monitor.


  • Advanced knowledge of GIS operations.


All applicants apply online at www.stephenvilletx.gov

Experience Level
Mid II (4-8 years)
AICP Level
Land Use and Development Regulation and Zoning
Salary Range
$49,400.00 – $54,600.00