Development Planner - Permanent Full Time

Reporting to the Director of Development and Tourism, the Development Planner will provide planning expertise in land use planning. This includes reviewing land development applications, including those to amend the County’s Official Plan, and applications received by local Municipalities that require County review and comment. This position also provides planning expertise and services to local Municipalities as needed or required. The Development Planner will work collaboratively and effectively with the Planning Coordinator and Senior Planner on planning initiatives and improving development application review processes.

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What you’ll do

  • Manage and lead the County’s pre-application consultation process
  • Evaluate, verify, comment, and provide recommendation(s) on land development application in accordance with the Ontario Planning Act, Provincial Policy Statements, other applicable Provincial Plans, the County and Municipal Official Plans, and Municipal Zoning By-laws.
  • Ensure that all planning applications are processed in accordance with legislative timelines.
  • Write reports, memos, and complete necessary planning documents in support of new proposed developments or development related policies and procedures.
  • Prepare and present planning reports and recommendations during Public, Council, and Committee meetings.
  • Respond to enquiries received through the Planning Coordinator from members of the public, development community, and other stakeholders such as Council and Municipal staff.
  • Review building permit applications for compliance with Zoning By-law(s) and other applicable law as required.
  • Collaborate with the Director, Senior Planner, Planning Coordinator, and local Municipal planning staff in maintaining the County’s Official Plan and the local Municipalities Official Plan amendments.
  • Monitor the impact and effectiveness of municipal Official Plan policies and recommend updates if necessary.

What you’ll bring

  • A post-secondary degree in Urban, Regional, or Land Use Planning is required.
  • A Registered Professional Planner (RPP).
  • 3 years of land use planning experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Ontario land use planning system including various legislation and policies as well as land use policy development processes from a regulator and commenter perspective.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of municipal planning practices, procedures, and processes in a single and two-tier system.
  • Familiar with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in a land use planning environment.
  • Knowledge of strategies to optimize both the quality and cost-effectiveness of land use planning service delivery.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging land use planning and growth management techniques, rural and urban design and cultural heritage matters, and familiarity with sustainable development techniques.
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships at all levels of an organization with multidisciplinary teams.
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