The city manager can see the city in the personal inventory, can click on the planet square and view the city from there, can have access to the planet's stats where the city is located.
These are tasks related to a Manager. Building is done by minions ;-) and they must make efforts.
The problem is that the city slab is owned by one party, and the type of building is "owned" by a different party. To avoid hostile take overs, there are no privs that you can give to bypass the build permission step.