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Development Services is responsible for projects involving transportation and land use issues in Richardson. The department’s three divisions—Planning, Development and Engineering, and Traffic and Transportation—each have a unique set of responsibilities but work closely together to accomplish the City’s goals and visions.

Director of Development Services

Michael Spicer

Director of Development Services
Planning Division

The Planning Division is responsible for reviewing zoning proposals and requests for zoning and fence variances, as well as formulating the long-range comprehensive plan for the development and redevelopment of the city.

Sam Chavez, AICP

Asst. Director of Development Services — Planning

Tina Firgens, AICP

Planning Projects Manager
Amy Mathews, AICP

Senior Planner

Keith Krum, AICP

Senior Planner
Development & Engineering Division

The Development & Engineering Division reviews development proposals, including plats, site plans, landscape plans and civil engineering plans, including processing Administrative Approvals of minor site plan and landscape plan changes. In addition, they coordinate requests for variances to the Subdivision and Development Ordinance Standards.

Susan Smith, AICP

Asst. Director of Development Services — Development & Engineering

Chris Shacklett, AICP

Senior Planner



Dan Tracy, PE

Development Engineer

Michael Flores

Engineer in Training

Kathy Welp

Executive Secretary

Connie Ellwood

Administrative Secretary I

Tiffany Herron

Administrative Clerk

Last updated: 12/12/2017 2:18:25 PM