Community Planner, Development (Full-Time)
Hours of work:
Normal hours of work are thirty-five (35) per week, usually Monday through Friday; flexibility in scheduling is necessary as there may be the occasional requirement to attend to functions outside of normal work hours, change shifts to work evenings or weekends to accommodate high volume periods or for after-hours customer service initiatives, or to work overtime as needed.
Reporting to the Planning Manager, Community Planners are responsible for providing planning advice related to the full range of Planning Act development applications, land use and community planning matters. The position acts as a project manager; leads and works as part of an interdepartmental and interagency team in the review of development applications and corporate and policy initiatives; prepares planning reports for development applications; researches and prepares policy and community planning recommendations reflective of best practices and aligned with corporative strategic objectives; and professionally represents the Town as an expert witness before the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT) and other legal proceedings. The main duties and responsibilities of the position are in the areas of: development review; research, analysis and policy project work; other division functions; and, OLT and other quasi-judicial proceedings. One position is designated as lead on heritage conservation related matters.
The position to be filled will primarily focus on development files, including the review and analysis of a full range of development applications based on current legislation and applicable policy documents and the preparation of professional opinions through recommendation reports to standing committees, Council, and delegated approval authorities. Responsibilities may change to include policy/project work in the future.
Experience and Qualifications:
- Degree in Urban Planning, Environmental Studies, or related discipline
- Full or provisional membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute. For the Community Planner (Heritage), full membership or eligibility for membership in the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals.
- Five (5) years of progressive experience dealing with a wide range of complex planning applications, stakeholders, and implementation scenarios.
- Experience in land use planning/municipal planning in the public sector or equivalent private sector experience on behalf of developers/builders (e.g., planning support for development proposals, project management, etc.).
- Excellent analytical, report writing, communication, presentation, organizational, interpersonal skills, together with the ability to use tact and discretion and to deal courteously and effectively with the public and fellow staff members.
- Ability to multi-task, cope with interruptions and work under pressure to meet multiple deadlines, exercise discretion and good judgment particularly when handling highly confidential/sensitive information. Possess a high level of initiative and personal integrity.
- Thorough working knowledge of Windows and Microsoft Office applications, database management, and office equipment. Knowledge of GIS mapping, Cityview, AutoCad, Adobe software or applications, and web publishing tools an asset.
- Valid Class “G” driver’s license and reliable vehicle to use on corporate business. Ability and willingness to travel within the community as required.
- Possess a current Criminal Record & Judicial Matters Check (Level 2) with results satisfactory to the employer, and a valid standard first aid & CPR/AED Level C certification (or willing to obtain).