About Us

The Planning Team

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Mission Statement
The mission of the Planning Department is to facilitate the physical growth and development of the City in a sustainable manner that reflects its unique and vibrant character. This is accomplished through:

  • Long Range Planning that reflects the needs and desires of the community
  • Development of implementation and enforcement strategies that effectively implements City Plans
  • Thorough coordination and review of development proposals and applications
Vision Statement
The Planning Department will be an objective-oriented, empowering division that, through a collaborative and veracious work ethic, creates the utmost public service and environment for the Cedar Hill community.
We envision Cedar Hill as a vibrant, well-planned community that provides:
  • Professionalism - A planning approach in the consistent and judicious use of communication, knowledge, technical skills, critical reasoning, accuracy, and teamwork in daily practice for the benefit of the individual and community being served.
  • Innovation - A planning approach and operational culture that encourages and empowers continuous progression of the exploration and adoption of new techniques, technologies, solutions, and methods of functioning to improve results, meet new and existing needs, and lead change.
  • Integrity - A planning approach that denotes honesty, communication, and accountability. It is recognized as a means of ensuring and informing every stakeholder of the ongoing pursuit of a collective vision. Through exposing the products and procedures that is conducted within the department, the boundaries of responsibility and actions are rendered visible.
  • Community - A planning approach that integrates active participation of those affected, and living and interacting with the end-product. It is recognized as synthesizing ideas and public input into tangible concepts, and responding in an unbiased manner, creating true value.
  • Sustainability – A planning approach that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It is designed with the accountability for environmental impacts, the reduction of the required resources (i.e. Energy, Water, and Food), as well as the reduction of waste production (i.e. Heat, and Water and Air Pollution).

Rod W. Tyler, AICP
Planning Director

Rod has been a practicing City Planner since 1980. He is a member of the American Institute of City Planners and is an active member of the American Planning Association. He has served as the Director of Planning for the City of Cedar Hill since 2007, where his primary responsibilities include assisting the Planning & Zoning Commission and City Council regarding land use issues, management of the City’s long range planning initiatives, development of ordinances, policies, and procedures to implement the plans, and overseeing the process of new development applicants. Prior to his work with the City of Cedar Hill, Mr. Tyler worked in various aspects of City Planning in the North Central Texas area. He received his Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Arlington and holds an undergraduate degree in Architecture.
Contact Info: 972-291-5100, ext. 1083

Don Gore, AICP
Senior Planner

Don has been working with the City of Cedar Hill for over 6 years. His responsibilities include developing ordinances, policies, and initiatives that help implement City plans, and facilitating the development process through development review in coordination with the zoning ordinance and subdivision ordinance. He is also a member of the American Institute of City Planners. 
Contact Info: 972-291-5100, ext. 1076

Sharon Davis
Executive Secretary

Sharon provides administrative assistance and support to the Planning Department through processing applications, preparing and facilitating Planning & Zoning meetings, managing records, and assisting with budget preparation. Although having only been with the City of Cedar for a little over a year, Sharon brings over 20 years of experience as an administrative assistant.
Contact Info: 972-291-5100, ext. 1081

Rod Tyler