Mayra Hernandez

Job TitleMayra Hernandez

Senior Planner

Alma Mater

Texas A&M University

Describe your job in 30 words or less.

Responsible for case research, data collection and analysis for processing Conditional Use Permits, Planned Developments, site plans, plats, rezoning, variances and special zoning cases.  Conduct review to ensure development is consistent with the City’s Comprehensive Plan, Land Use Plan and codes.

You started off as an intern for the City of Sugar Land. When did you intern? Which department did you intern for?

I interned twice in 2013 and 2014 for the Planning Department.

What attracted you to join the City of Sugar Land's team?

Sugar Land was one of the few programs that stood out to me as they offered the opportunity to receive hands-on experience applying what you have learned at school to real projects.

When/how did you move into a full-time position?

In March 2015, an opportunity came up where the Director of Planning was able to bring me full-time as a Planner I into the Development Planning program.

How did your internship experience prepare you for the transition to a full-time role?

During my internship, I was exposed to both sides of Planning (Development and Long Range). I assisted the department in special projects, creating custom maps, graphics and exhibits. I conducted the land use inventory, converted the policies and procedures into the Development Application Handbook and created a Planned Developments web page that is user friendly to applicants and developers. I was assigned to work on the Non-MUD annexation project, assist in public meetings for the Land Use Plan and conducted research and analysis for many projects the department was working on. Managing small projects prepared me for the duties and responsibilities that the new position required. Working and getting to know the department staff during my internship also made the transition smoother.

What is your favorite part of the job?

My favorite part of the job is seeing my projects from start to finish. As development planner, you start the project from the zoning process, to platting process, to site plan stages and finally to issuing clearance for certificate of occupancy.

What advice would you give to future City of Sugar Land interns?

Sugar Land is a great place to intern as you are exposed to real-life experience and provided with the necessary resources to take on any challenge.