DSO merges with Planning Department
The 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
On 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.Input sought on new Erosion and Sediment Control chapter in Drainage Criteria Manual
The City of Round Rock is currently developing a new chapter to the Drainage Design and Construction Standards Manual to develop erosion and sediment control standards for construction site storm water runoff. This chapter will assist design engineers and contractors in the selection, installation, and maintenance of appropriate erosion and sediment control best management practices. It will give guidelines on the most commonly used erosion and sediment control practices for temporary and permanent erosion controls.
The City is seeking input on the draft chapter (PDF) and associated Appendix C (PDF). Please email your comments to Aneil Naik in the Development Services Office, or call him at (512) 671-2753. Your input is needed by June 30, as we plan to take the manual to the City Council for approval at its July 29 meeting.
This new chapter is required by the Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit the City has with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to address storm water runoff from development and re-development construction sites.