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Planning and Development Services merge

Planning and Develoment Services groupOn April 18, 2011, the Planning and Community Development Department merged with the Development Services Offices to create the new department of Planning and Development Services (PDS).

PDS is responsible for comprehensive long range planning, zoning, subdivision platting, site plan review services, sign review, historic preservation and code enforcement. The merger of the two departments was recommended by City Manager, Steve Norwood, to consolidate all planning and development review services under one department head. Peter Wysocki, Planning and Development Services Director, will be responsible for overseeing all planning and development review activities for the city.

The Planning and Development Services Department works to improve the built environment and quality of life in Round Rock by establishing and implementing quality standards for new development, and by encouraging maintenance, preservation and reinvestment in older parts of the city.

The Planning and Development Services Department operates under the guidance of the City’s Development Philosophy which emphasizes customer service to facilitate the timely review and approval of projects, as well as ensuring that stakeholders are included in the development of regulatory ordinances. In short, the Development Philosophy is to “Make it Happen.”

PDS prides itself on ensuring that development projects are handled in a professional, timely, consistent, and accurate manner. The Department’s goal is to build a partnership with its customers, including design professional, businesses, residents and community stakeholders.

We welcome the opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have. Our customers and making Round Rock as best as it can be are our top priority!

Contact information for the new department remains unchanged. Development applications will continue to be accepted at the McConico Building, 301 W. Bagdad Avenue, Suite 140.

Pictured: Planning and Development Services staff.  Top row (left to right): Diane Buck, Rex Richardson, Brad Wiseman, Peter Wysocki, Susan Brennan, Joelle Jordan and Clyde von Rosenberg; Middle row: Charles Foster, Kerstin Harding, Mianne Haley, Margie Lopez, Rick Clark, Laton Carr, Aneil Naik, Ashley Lumpkin and Taylor Horton; Bottom Row:  Lee Heckman, Maria Hernandez, Kamie Fitzgerald, Veronica Chandler, Danielle Cohen and Vickie Moreno

Photo by Roger Heaney