Senior Planner

Website Able City | Architecture. Urbanism. City Making

Well-designed cities are a catalyst for successful societies.

Able City is a firm that integrates architecture, planning, economic development, and community engagement to enable cities to respond effectively to their challenges and opportunities.

Able City is contributing to the equitable evolution of cities by helping citizens define quality of life and responding to these community needs through our proven methodologies, planning, and design work.

We have a passionate office culture centered around our company’s value proposition to make cities great places for everyone.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, skilled, and creative professional planner that strengthens our culture and will be a lead contributor in our planning and urban design projects that include some high profile catalytic projects throughout Texas. As senior personnel, this person will focus on land use regulation, housing initiatives, mobility and corridor plans, and comprehensive and master plans that strengthen communities.


  • Lead contributor on comprehensive plans, land use studies, neighborhood master plans, corridor plans, and other regulating plans.
  • Thorough knowledge of GIS software and its application for plans mentioned above
  • Develops outlines for review for plans mentioned above
  • Conducts research and prepares statistical reports on land use, physical, social & economic issues
  • Understands and can be lead coordinator for transportation plans, studies and analyses on regional basis
  • Works in regional program areas relating to natural/water resources planning, community development, hazard mitigation, coastal zone management and others
  • Presents reports and other findings to planning and zoning boards and commissions, and elected officials
  • Attends evening and weekend meetings as necessary
  • Supervises more junior planners within organization
  • Verify that projects and policies are in compliance with state, county, and local code, ordinances, and regulations
  • Write ordinances and regulations relating to development controls
    Verify that projects and policies are in compliance with state, county, and local code, ordinances, and regulations
  • Assist in reviewing development proposals and site plans for compliance, rezonings, ordinance amendments, special use permits, and more
  • Assist in the authoring of in-house planning assets such as: model libraries, graphic templates and standards, presentations, policy and ordinance libraries

Knowledge Base

  • Demographics and economics data research in support of development activities such as market studies
  • Advanced knowledge of the philosophies, principals, practices & techniques of planning
  • Well-developed knowledge of one or more planning disciplines, such as land use planning/zoning, transportation planning, environmental planning, urban design, housing, historic preservation or economic development
  • Knowledge and experience in construction processes
  • Knowledge of principles, methodology, practices of research and data collection
  • Knowledge of effective writing techniques
  • Knowledge of computer programs and applications, which may include Microsoft Office, Internet applications econometric or transportation modeling, and database management
  • GIS programs and applications

Typical Skills

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills for preparing and presenting planning reports and projects
  • Excellent interpersonal skills for facilitating relationships with elected/appointed officials or other decision-makers
  • Creative problem-solving skills to gather relevant information to solve less well- defined planning problems
  • Group facilitation skills for use with community workshops
  • Ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously
  • Ability to provide effective supervision and staff management
  • Ability to manage projects effectively and meet firm deadlines
  • Ability to facilitate in-person and virtual public participation activities

Preferred qualities

  • Passionate about affecting change at the local level; committed to empowering citizens — especially those who have been historically marginalized by the planning process — to steer and shape their city’s future
  • Ability to work with a diverse team

Detail-oriented and technical, yet experienced enough to see the big picture

  • Flexible and able to adapt to rapidly changing project requirements and deadlines
  • Confident facilitating in-person and virtual public participation activities


  • Master’s in planning-related field
  • At least 6 years of experience
  • Experience with land use planning/zoning, transportation planning, environmental planning, urban design, housing, and economic development
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Travel is sometimes required
  • AICP certification
  • CNU Accreditation preferred

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