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Department:Development Services
Salary Range:$27.23
Hours:8 AM to 5 PM


Planner is a position within the Development Services department that helps lead the Planning Division, reporting directly to the Planning Manager.  Primary planning duties including citizen and neighborhood outreach, technical review and management of new development related applications, board and commission staff support, ordinance drafting, preparation of various informational reports, presentations to elected and appointed officials, advisor regarding applicable regulations and procedures, general office duties, and administrative related assistance to other divisions within Development Services The candidate must be highly motivated and strive for success by demonstrating Little Elm’s Core Values of Integrity, Customer Service, Efficiency, and Innovation. These values are the foundation of the organization.



  1. Bachelor’s degree in Planning, Geography, Public Administration or related field is required.  Master’s degree is preferred.
  2. Three (3) years urban planning or related experience.


  1. Must be bondable.
  2. AICP preferred.
  3. Must pass a pre-employment drug screen and criminal background check.
  4. Possession of, or the ability to obtain appropriate valid Texas driver’s license and a clean driving record, which meets current Town auto liability requirements.



  1. Ability to read, write, and speak English fluently.
  2. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies or authorities, or members of the local business community.
  3. Requires excellent computer and customer service skills.



  1. Ability to establish and meet deadlines.
  2. Self-motivated.
  3. Ability to establish and maintain good relationships with supervisors and other personnel.
  4. Demonstrate a willingness to perform duties in a team environment.
  5. Knowledge and skill in the use of a computer including:  GIS, Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and other office-oriented software.
  6. Skills coordinating and managing multiple projects and/or assignments.
  7. Excellent customer service skills. Ability to effectively communicate and interact with supervisors, other employees, government officials, and the general public.
  8. Mathematical skills are required to calculate fees, apply regulations, and make monetary exchanges.
  9. Knowledge of web-based internet programs.
  10. Use tact and diplomacy with public, and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers.
  11. Data entry and file set-up.
  12. Ability to read and interpret residential and other development plans.
  13. Knowledge of the zoning code and other applicable codes and ordinances.
  14. Versed in planning practice and related sections of the Texas Local Government Code.
  15. Knowledge of current literature, information sources, and research techniques in the field of urban planning; modern office methods, practices, procedures and equipment.
  16. Ability to learn applicable laws, codes, ordinances and regulations underlying general plans, zoning and land subdivisions, applicable environmental laws and regulations; analyze and compile technical and statistical information and prepare clear and concise reports; establish and maintain effective working relationships; communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing, understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
  17. Ability to administer the zoning ordinance and subdivision regulations;
  18. Ability to conduct site plan review;
  19. Ability to prepare reports regarding variances, subdivisions, appeals of interpretation of design review, and planned development concepts for the development review process;
  20. Ability to prepare legal advertisements for public hearings
  21. Ability to effectively communicate and interact with supervisors, other employees, government officials, and the general public.



  1. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished by management in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  2. Ability to comprehend complex policies, procedures, regulations, organizational structures etc. in a short time frame.
  3. Ability to accurately and appropriately apply town ordinances to various development situations.



The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to operate various machines and/or equipment; and reach with hands and arms.  The employee frequently is required to talk and hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.



The work environment characteristics described herein are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Primarily office environment.  



  1. Primary staff support to Planning & Zoning Commission and Board of Adjustment.
  2. Project manager for various development applications.
  3. Manages comprehensive sign program.
  4. Compiles and manages agendas, minutes, ordinances, and other Planning functions.
  5. Reviews residential architecture, site plans, plats, zoning requests, sign permits, and other planning applications.
  6. Responsible for the publishing of Monthly and Annual Development Reports and other reports.
  7. Assists with requests for information regarding Department procedures and Town of Little Elm ordinances.
  8. Maintains record keeping and permitting software and assists users with software.
  9. Pay bills for expenditures, type forms, charts, statements, and various legal documents as required.
  10. Compose general correspondence related to responsibilities assigned.
  11. Produces brochures and other informational material for the Department.
  12. Receives and distributes plans and plan comments.
  13. Initiates and maintains a variety of files and records for information related to the Development Services Department.
  14. Ensures data on the departmental web pages are updated.
  15. Travels off site to attend meetings and training.
  16. Perform research, compile, and analyze data for special projects and reports as directed by the Director.
  17. Interact effectively with town department heads and staff, elected and appointed officials, and the public.
  18. Provides general direction and staff support to Permit Technician counter.
  19. Performs other duties as assigned.


E.O.E.  The Town of Little Elm does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability or military service in employment or the provision of services.

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