Bios
  • Mark Priestner, Principal
  • Stephanie Rollings, Chief Planner

Mr. Priestner graduated in 1997 from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Urban and Regional Planning. He is a member of the American Planning Association (APA), Texas Chapter of the APA and the Texas Recreation and Parks Society.

Mr. Priestner began his career as a planner with the City of Tyler. During his three years with the city, Tyler embarked on the 1997 Comprehensive Plan and a complete rewrite of all development related ordinances (also known as chapter 10.) Mr. Priestner was primarily involved in current planning activities such as zoning requests, site plan review, subdivision review and developing amendments to the various ordinances.

In 2000, Mr. Priestner went to work for MHS Planning & Design. He was brought on to manage planning projects such as municipal park, recreation and open space master plans, individual park site master plans, and private subdivision design. During that time, Mr. Priestner served as a planning consultant to the City of Pittsburg and the City of Palestine and was also appointed to the City of Tyler Planning and Zoning Commission.

In 2004, Mr. Priestner established Planning Concepts, a consulting firm specializing in urban planning issues. Mr. Priestner served as the interim planning director for the City of Tyler as well as continuing to provide contract staff planning services for the cities of Palestine, White Oak and Pittsburg. Planning Concepts provides municipal planning services such as comprehensive planning, parks and open space master planning, urban design and corridor overlay districts, annexation plans, development related ordinances, and subdivision plat review. Planning Concepts also provides private sector services such as land use planning, site design, zoning, subdivision design, and feasibility studies.

Born and raised in Portland, Texas near Corpus Christi, Texas.   

Ms. Rollings received a Scholarship to Texas State University (formerly Southwest Texas State University) where she graduated in 1996, with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Resource and Environmental Studies, with a minor in History.  While in college she held an internship with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (formerly TNRCC). 

Ms. Rollings began her career at the City of Lubbock, as a Recycling Coordinator. She then left and was hired by Bartlett and West Engineers an Engineering firm located in Las Colinas.

Ms. Rollings then moved to Tyler where she became employed by the City of Tyler as a City Planner and then was later promoted to Senior Planner.   She then took an opportunity for advancement and went to work for the City of Palestine as Director of Development Services; however, after only one year the City of Tyler was in need of a Director of Planning and Zoning, so she graciously returned. 

Ms. Rollings has served for two years on the City of Whitehouse Planning and Zoning Commission and one year as vice-chair. 

She is currently serving as a member of the East Texas Council of Governments, Regional Transit Advisory Committee and as a Board of Directors for the Heart of Tyler.

Ms. Rollings is also an active member of the American Planning Association.