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Posted: 09/08/2017

City of Georgetown, Texas
Planning Deparment

Planning Department in the City of Georgetown,managing current and long range planning.

Historic and Downtown Planner
Professional Opportunity
Georgetown, TX
$$52,436.80 - $70,782.40

 The City of Georgetown is seeking a humble, hungry and people smart person to lead our Downtown and Historic planning efforts.

This position serves as the City's technical expert for downtown planning, architectural design and historic preservation including grant administration, regulatory compliance, development review processes, and acting as staff liaison to the Historic and Architectural Review Commission (HARC); manages all other development related applications (public and private) in the Downtown and Old Town Overlay districts; and supports the implementation of the Downtown Master Plan.


  • Serves as the liaison for the Historic and Architectural Review Commission (HARC) and is the Commission's primary point of contact managing all aspects of the application and development review process.
  • Attends Commission, Subcommittee and Board meetings.
  • Schedules, creates agenda, and oversees all site visits involving HARC and the HARC Demolition Subcommittee.
  • Researches and evaluates design and preservation related matters such as exterior changes to both residential and commercial additions and alterations, demolition/relocation proposals, new business signage, and design compliance in accordance with adopted design guidelines.
  • City liaison for the Certified Local Government program with the Texas Historical Commission.
  • Assists in the administration of grant applications related to Historic Preservation Reviews.
  • Manages and processes current development requests in the Downtown and other Historic Overlay districts.
  • Assists in the development of long range studies in conformance with the Unified Development Code, Downtown Master Plan, Downtown and Old Town Overlay Design Guidelines, and other development codes / standards.
  • Assists in the implementation of the Downtown Master Plan through interdepartmental coordination and input of the City's Capital Improvement Planning process.
  •  Attends non-Community Development related meetings such as the Main Street Advisory Board, Downtown Georgetown Association; assists with student/group tours; makes presentations to local groups.
  • Assists with special projects related to development code revisions, manual updates, process review, etc.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Planning, Urban Design, Architecture, Historic Preservation or a planning related field.  Four years of full-time professional work experience in municipal planning.

    A Master's degree in a planning related field may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

    Experience in design review in historic districts is strongly preferred.  

    Employment is contingent on passing post-offer, pre-employment drug testing and criminal background investigations.

Knowledge of:

  • Advanced planning principles.
  • State laws regarding planning activities, local codes and ordinances.
  • Urban design
  • Principles, objectives and procedures of governmental planning, programming, and research.
  • Historic preservation practices.
  • Texas Local Government Code.
  • Historic Preservation Grant administration.
  • Tax Credit program related to historic properties
  • Texas Main Street Program

Skill in:

  • Building relationships.
  • Teamwork.
  • Communication.
  • Using computers and applicable software including GIS
  • Collecting and analyzing demographics and statistics.
  • Conducting research.
  • Negotiating effectively with developers, citizens, appointed officials, Core Team, and the public.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective relationships.
  • Training others.
  • Writing reports, plans, newsletter articles, resolutions, and ordinances.
  • Interpreting of zoning ordinances and site plans.
  • Analyzing complex problems and developing positive courses of action.
OPen until
Until Filled

How to apply
Please apply online.
Nat Waggoner
Phone: 5129303584
406 W. 8th Street
Georgetown, TX 78628

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