Reporting to the Manager, Development, the Planner II is responsible for managing development application files and facilitating the planning process, including analyzing and making recommendations to Council.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
Process a variety of development application types, and review new applications for accuracy and completion, and for conformity to applicable planning policy and other City regulations and practices
Coordinate circulation of development applications and manage responses from internal departments and external agencies
Communicate issues and concerns to applicant and facilitate required discussions between the applicant and internal departments or external agencies
Prepare staff reports, planning/legal instruments, and planning comments for various stakeholders as appropriate
Present development proposals at Council Public Meetings, and respond to enquiries
Review pre-submission requests with respect to applicable policy, regulations, guidelines, etc.
Coordinate and facilitate meeting with applicant and property owners to review development application process
Present proposal to DARC, and coordinate preliminary comments, conditions and issues provided by committee members into Submission Requirements Letter for applicant
Prepare Local Planning Appeals Tribunal direction staff report for Committee of the Whole and Council
Prepare witness statements and other documentation for hearings
Attend pre-hearing conferences as necessary
Provide evidence as an expert planning witness
Manage and coordinate the Committee of Adjustment applications submitted
Assign Committee of Adjustment Applications to individual Planners
Chair Planner Committee of Adjustment meetings
Liaise with Planners regarding issues that may arise on applications, and review all reports completed by Planners
Attend Committee of Adjustment meetings as staff representative, and provide expert opinion in support of staff's position on each application
Respond to enquiries from stakeholders via phone, email and in-person
Conduct research, background review and follow up with customers as necessary
Other projects and duties as assigned
Education and Experience
Degree in Urban or Regional Planning or related discipline
You must be eligible for membership in the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (RPP) and/or the Canadian Institute of Planners (MCIP) full membership is an asset.
4 years of planning experience
Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe, Palis, OCE Web, ABC docs
Conflict resolution and negotiation skills
Analytical thinking and research skills
Knowledge of the Ontario Planning Act, provincial plans and other related legislation
Project management experience
General understanding of legal documentation, technical reports, requirements and materials
Experience communicating and presenting with all levels within and external to the organization
Experience dealing with the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal
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 Committee meetings after regular business hours may be required
Demonstrate the City’s corporate values of care, collaboration, courage and service
Demonstrates personal leadership
Builds people and culture
Cultivates open communication
Shapes the future
Navigates and leads through complexity and change
We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those under consideration will be contacted.
The City of Richmond Hill is committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes. If contacted to participate in the recruitment and selection process, please advise Human Resources if you require an accommodation.
With a population of more than 202,000 residents and 5,000 businesses, Richmond Hill is one of Canada’s most desirable and growing communities. Recognized by the Conference Board of Canada with an ‘A’ grade as an attractive community, it is one of six Canadian municipalities to receive this ranking and the only suburban and GTA municipality to do so.
Safe, clean and committed to managed growth, its culture is welcoming and diverse, and values environmental sustainability. Dedicated to providing exceptional public service to its community, Richmond Hill’s municipal government serves a distinctive, dynamic and active town with a rich history and a friendly, down-to-earth character. Richmond Hill’s vision, “Where people come together to build our community,” builds on its past and recognizes the continued importance of partnership between the municipal government and the community it serves.