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Harlingen, Texas–The City of Harlingen welcomes Xavier Cervantes as the new Planning & Zoning Director. Cervantes comes to Harlingen from the City of McAllen where he recently served as a Planner II assisting in the processing of rezoning cases, variances, special exceptions and property annexations. He has an extensive background in planning having also served as the Director of Planning for the Cities of San Juan and Donna.
Cervantes earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design and a Master in Urban Planning from Texas A & M University. He is also certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners.
He began his career in Planning in 1995 as the Transportation Planner for the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council. While with the LRGVDC, he served as the project manager for the first Hidalgo County MPO Bicycle Plan.
He also has experience as a Neighborhood Planner and as a historic preservation officer helping McAllen get buildings designated as City landmarks and the establishment of the City’s first historic district.
Cervantes is a member of the American Planning Association, The American Institute of Certified Planners, and the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association. His first day on the job was July 24. He takes over for Rodrigo Davila who became the Harlingen Public Works Director on May 1, 2019.
City of Harlingen
118 E Tyler Ave
Harlingen, TX 78550
Phone: (956) 216-5000
24-Hour Reporting Hotline
“Ensure a business-friendly climate focused on economic growth, quality of life and efficient delivery of excellent services to our community.”
CONTACT NUMBER BY DEPARTMENT
(956) 216-5000, City Hall
(956) 216-5101, Lon C Hill Building
(956) 216-5300, Public Works
(956) 216-5400, Police Department
(956) 230-8011, Fire Department
(956) 216-5800, Public Library
(956) 216-5900, Telecomm Center
MAYOR AND CITY COMMISSIONERS
Chris Boswell, Mayor
Richard Uribe, Commissioner, District 1
Frank Puente, Commissioner, District 2
Michael Mezmar, Commissioner, District 3
Ruben De La Rosa, Commissioner, District4
Victor Leal, Commissioner, District 5
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