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Planner I

City of Laredo

Laredo, TX United States

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URL: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/laredo
Email: recruitment@ci.laredo.tx.us

Assists in the administration of all current planning activities including applications for change in zoning and subdivision plats and replats; conducts current planning administrative services in a manner consistent with good planning practices that will ensure the implementation of the City's comprehensive plan.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by employees in this job. Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

  • Answers questions from the public concerning subdivisions requirements and zoning issues; ensures information is provided in an accurate, complete and timely manner.
  • Receives applications; checks the completeness of each application and assembles the files.
  • Distributes the agenda to Planning and Zoning Commission members.
  • Prepares written comments from the Planning Department for the Planning and Zoning Commission subdivision plats with the Planning Director.
  • Writes the minutes from the previous Planning & Zoning Commission; prepares map for plat communications and some zoning cases.
  • Updates the files for plats by inserting communications and minutes; updates database on the status of plats going to the Planning & Zoning Commission.
  • Copies, collates and binds committee information packets and ensures the accuracy and completeness of the same.
  • Assists in the preparation of committee meetings by setting up refreshments, nameplates or audio recording equipment.
  • Collects the required signatures on approved plats; takes the plats to the County clerk to be recorded; collects copies from engineering files; records copies and maintains data file on the status of approved plats.
  • Assigns drafting and copying tasks to support staff; monitors their work for accuracy and completeness.
  • Prepares ordinance necessary to improve the efficiency of subdivision plat procedures.
  • Coordinates, plans, schedules, and assigns work to support staff; instructs and trains in correct methods and procedures.
  • Uses GIS and other data sources, to research and analyze information in the development and planning reports.
  • Maintains, updates, and files all pertinent logs, information cards, tapes, and other records and documents daily.
  • Assists in maintaining good communication between staff, visitors, and other business contacts.
  • Must follow all rules of telephone courtesy in all radio and telephone communications.
  • Will be required to drive a City vehicle for City business use.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

COMPETENCIES FOR SUCCESSFUL PERFORMANCE OF JOB DUTIES

Knowledge of:

  • Knowledge of the principles, techniques, and objectives of all phases of urban planning.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of public agency planning.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local laws, regulations, and ordinances pertaining to planning and urban development.
  • Knowledge of budgeting procedures and techniques.
  • Knowledge of utilizing sources data.
  • Knowledge of statistical research and reporting methods, techniques, and procedures.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Skills in Microsoft Office, GIS (Geographic Information System) software, and graphic design concepts.
  • Skills in giving public presentations.
  • Ability to perform statistical analysis of demographic data.
  • Ability to coordinate and manage the review of complex projects.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to speak before public groups and make presentations to the Planning & Zoning Commission and Mayor & City Council.
  • Ability to read and interpret plans, drawings, and field notes.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret zoning and subdivision maps.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, management, and the general public.
  • Ability to coordinate with and effectively work with outside agencies, groups, and individuals.
  • Ability to prepare accurate, concise, and detailed reports.
  • Ability to apply technical skills in the area of land use regulation, particularly Texas zoning and subdivision regulation.
  • Ability to work with the general public, other governmental agencies, and elected officials.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing in the English and Spanish languages.
  • Ability to perform all the physical requirements of the position.
  • Ability to maintain a valid Texas Driver License and a good driving record.
  • Required to comply with all City of Laredo's policies and procedures.
  • Ability to project a positive and professional image of the City of Laredo.
  • Ability to maintain good health and physical condition sufficient to permit the full performance of the duties of the position.

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Urban Studies, Public Administration, Architecture, GIS, or related field.

Required Licenses or Certifications

  • None

Valid Texas Driver License. If applicant holds an out-of-state license, a State of Texas Driver License must be obtained within 6 months of employment.

As part of the minimum requirements for all positions with the City of Laredo, a thorough background check and certified school transcripts will be required from all applicants who are offered employment.

Effective February 24, 1997, all selected applicants are required to undergo a drug and alcohol test prior to employment.

Effective January 7, 2008, all persons in safety-sensitive functions/positions, as per City of Laredo Drug and Alcohol Policy definition, shall be subject to random drug and alcohol testing.

A person with a disability who needs a reasonable accommodation related to a selection process is requested to contact the Human Resources Department at (956) 791-7480 two days prior to the scheduled interview and/or test if applicable.

City of Laredo is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled and Veteran Employer. We welcome differences in the form of gender, race, ethnicity, disability, geography, socioeconomic status, age, politics, religion, philosophy, sexual orientation, or gender identity. All applicants who share this goal are encouraged to apply. Must be able to function in a principle-based organization that has a culture built on character and core values.

Experience Level
Entry (0-1 year)
AICP Level
--
Specialty
Land Use and Development Regulation and Zoning
Salary Range
$18.13 - $22.67

Contact Information

Lolis Salinas
Employer URL
Phone
956-791-7480