Senior Planner

planning building & property
Posted On: Jul 11, 2018
Closing Date: Jul 31, 2018


Senior Planner
Planning & Development department
$87,474 - $112,003 annually plus a comprehensive benefit package
35 hours/week, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Permanent - Full Time
Position Type: 
Close Date: 
July 31, 2018, or until a suitable candidate is found.
Do you have exceptional leadership and interpersonal relationship skills? Are you able to adapt to changing priorities and timelines, communicate effectively, and evaluate and interpret details?
As the Senior Planner, your responsibilities will include performing responsible, complex professional planning activities involving advanced planning and special projects, and perform related work as assigned which includes reviewing work of technical and professional staff. The incumbent will also be responsible for a variety of long and short-range planning projects.
Duties will include:
  • Review applications for residential, commercial and industrial development; evaluate alternatives and conformance with County policies, by-laws, the Municipal Development Plan and federal / provincial laws; prepare and present staff reports to Council regarding such applications;
  • Provide assistance and guidance to professional, technical and support staff including determining workloads and schedules, develop and interpret policies; provide input into staff evaluations, and participate in staffing recommendations;
  • Update long-range planning documents such as the Municipal Development Plan and other assigned plans;
  • Review applications for zoning variances and other occupancies for conformance to applicable by-laws and policies;
  • Prepare written project analysis including identifying appropriate land use policy, design issues and environmental requirements; make recommendations for action;
  • Serve as staff liaison for review boards, Municipal Planning Commission, ad hoc committees and elected officials, including the provision of technical advice and making presentations;
  • Confer with and provide information to property owners, contractors, developers, engineers, architects and the public regarding conformance to standards, plan specifications and codes; explain codes, requirements and procedures and evaluate alternatives;
  • Develop, implement and maintain public and community relations’ activities related to planning and community development issues;
  • Assist in the preparation of Development Agreements;
  • Recruit, develop, mentor, supervise and manage performance of junior Planners;
  • Receive and investigate complaints or concerns of residents related to the Department’s responsibilities and ensure appropriate information is provided and/or corrective action is taken;
  • Ensure all work related information is kept confidential as per policy and in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Comply with records management practices as stated in the Records Management Policy.
Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in planning recognized by the Canadian Institute of Planners;
  • Ten years related planning experience which includes at least five years experience in a rural municipality;
  • APPI Regulated members preferred.
The ideal candidate will be a skilled communicator, working with the team and stakeholders to ensure responsible development within the County of Grande Prairie. You will ensure the lawful and orderly development of land through compliance with the County Land Use Bylaw and the Municipal Government Act.
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