About the Senior Director of Planning and Development Services

City of Southlake Career

  • Senior Director of Planning and Development Services (2013-current)
  • Director of Planning and Development Services (2004-2013)
  • Senior Planner (2001-2004)
  • Planner (1999-2001)

Previous Experience

  • Senior Planner, Albemarle County, VA
  • Planner, Stafford County, VA

Southlake Community / Regional Involvement

  • Grapevine / Southlake Soccer Association - Coach, 2000 - 2005
  • Texas American Planning Association Board Midwest Section, 2004 and 2005

Honors

  • 2021 Certificate of Achievement for Planning Excellence, Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association (17th consecutive year)
  • 2021 Tree City USA by National Arbor Day Foundation (25th consecutive year)
  • 2017 Platinum Scenic City Certification, Texas Municipal League
  • 2013 Planner of the Year Award - Ken Baker, Midwest Section - Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association
  • 2013 Comprehensive Planning Award - Southlake 2030, Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association
  • 2010 Project Planning Award - Wayfinding Sign System Plan, Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association
  • 2009 Project Planning Award - Urban Design and Corridor Plan, Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association
  • 2009 Building Officials Association of Texas Award of Excellence (sixth consecutive year)
  • 2008 Project Planning Award-Sidewalk Plan, Midwest Section-Texas American Planning Association
  • 2007 National Arbor Day Foundation Sterling Award (one of nine Texas cities to receive this distinction)
  • 2006 Community of the Year from Texas American Planning Association
  • 2006-current Planning Award Honorable Mention - Tree Preservation Ordinance and Technical Manual from the Texas American Planning Association
  • 2006 Community Urban Forestry Award - Southlake 2025 Plan
  • 2006 Greater Fort Worth Building Officials Association of Texas Spotlight Award
  • 2005 Comprehensive Plan Award - Southlake 2025 Plan from the Texas American Planning Association
  • National Arbor Day Growth Award (received this award 16 total years)

Education & Professional Memberships

  • Member of the American Institute of Certified Planners
  • Member of the American Planning Association
  • Member of the Congress for the New Urbanism
  • B.S. in Marketing degree from Western Kentucky University
  • M.S. in Geography degree with an emphasis in City Planning from Western Kentucky University
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  1. Ken Baker

    Senior Director of Planning & Development Services
    Phone: (817) 748-8621