Senior Planner - Permanent Full Time

Reporting to the Director of Development and Tourism of Dufferin County, the Senior Planner is responsible for a wide range of planning duties and is the primary staff person responsible for maintaining and amending the County Official Plan. The Senior Planner is responsible for reviewing and providing comments on local planning applications, official plan amendments, and responding to land use policy enquiries directed by the Planning Coordinator. The Senior Planner collaborates across the corporation and is a resource for staff and Council on all planning matters, providing creative and best practice solutions for how the County is formed and connected.

The Senior Planner will also be responsible for all planning activities for the Township of East Garafraxa and receive guidance and direction from the CAO/Clerk. This work will be in concert with the Township’s external Planning Consultants, as required.

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What you’ll do

  • Review all planning applications with regard to the purpose of the proposed development and confirming the site location using the GIS portal
  • Verify proposed developments are in compliance with applicable planning legislation by referencing the County’s Official Plan, East Garafraxa’s Official Plan and other local official plans, Provincial Plans, and the Provincial Policy Statement
  • Review East Garafraxa building permit applications for compliance with Zoning By-law and other applicable law as required
  • Participate in updates to Official Plans, and Zoning Bylaw, and GIS mapping
  • Ensure planning applications are processed in accordance with the Planning Act, meeting all applicable timelines
  • Prepare and present planning reports and recommendations to Public meetings, Council, and Committee
  • Collaborate with the Director, and other internal and external stakeholders in maintaining the official plan
  • Work with Planning consultants on major Official Plan updates and Municipal Comprehensive review
  • Act as a representative for the County and/or East Garafraxa at meetings with Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing (MMAH), Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), etc.
  • Act as an expert witness at Ontario Land Tribunal hearings
  • Respond to planning inquiries from the Dufferin County Planning Coordinator or Township of East Garafraxa staff
  • Provide input to senior staff with respect to legislative changes that will impact planning policy and processes
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