Join the Richmond Hill Centre team as we continue to plan for a world-leading urban community and employment hub in the City of Richmond Hill. Reporting to the Manager, Development – Richmond Hill Centre, the Senior Planner processes, coordinates, evaluates and manages complex development applications, including the Province’s Transit Oriented Community (TOC) at High Tech Station, by applying independent, advanced level professional land use planning knowledge, expertise and opinion to City Council while protecting the public interest
Key Duties and Responsibilities
• Assess development applications submissions for completeness, accuracy, and for conformity with the City's Official Plan, as well as the eMZO for the High Tech TOC and other policy documents • Solicit review comments from internal departments and external agencies as appropriate, then conduct site and context area field inspections • Facilitate resolutions to outstanding issues and questions of all stakeholders as appropriate • Prepare reports, documents, planning and legal instruments for various stakeholders as appropriate • Present staff reports and recommendations to Council, the applicant and the general public • Respond to planning related enquiries by phone, email and in-person as may be required • Prepare general correspondence and meet with the general public • Present pre-submission meeting development proposals to the Development Application Review Committee (DARC) • Prepare all relevant documentation and correspondence as appropriate • Act as team lead on various division-led studies and initiatives • Act as primary resource and division representative for various department- and corporate-led studies and initiatives • Train new staff and mentor junior planning staff as needed • Attend training workshops, seminars and courses, and keep abreast of emerging trends, challenges and best practices within the land use planning profession • Prepare Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT) direction staff report for Council as needed • Prepare witness statements and other documentation for OLT hearings, attend OLT pre-hearing conferences as necessary and provide evidence as an expert planning witness before the OLT • Other projects and duties as assigned
Education and Experience
• Degree in Urban Planning or related discipline • Full membership in the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (RPP) and the Canadian Institute of Planners (MCIP) is required • 5 years of planning experience in progressively responsible positions in the planning environment • Experience with high density developments are an asset
• Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe, OnPoint, Palis, OCE Web, ABC docs • Knowledge of planning and municipal government related legislation, policies and principles • Political awareness of all levels of government • Research, analytical and problem solving skills • Time management, organization and prioritization skills • Project management skills • Conflict management and resolution skills, negotiation and facilitation skills • Critical and strategic thinking • Experience reviewing and evaluating a broad range, type and complexity of development applications • Experience interpreting planning documents, and preparing reports and planning instruments • Experience defending planning opinions before Council and the OLT • Demonstrates good judgment and makes sound decisions • Shows commitment to personal growth, development, and leadership opportunities • Shares new ideas and challenges the status quo • Proven written and verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate with honesty, openness, respect, and trust • Takes initiative to participate in a culture of learning, mentoring, and sharing • Contributes to building and being a part of a positive culture • Must possess a valid Ontario Class "G" Driver's License, and have access to a vehicle for use on corporate business (mileage compensated) and will be required to provide proof of vehicle insurance upon hire • Attendance at Council or other meetings after regular business hours may be required • Demonstrate the City’s corporate values of care, collaboration, courage and service
We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those under consideration will be contacted.
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