Department / Division: Community & Development Services / Planning & Development
Location: Haldimand County Administration Building
LOOKING FOR THE ONE. APPLY, WORK, SUCCEED!
Located on the Niagara Peninsula in Southern Ontario, Haldimand County is a single-tier municipality with diverse urban and rural communities, an endless supply of four-season outdoor activities, and an outstanding quality of life.
Our diverse team of responsive and dedicated professionals are committed to providing our citizens with high-quality services making our County a great place to work and live.
We’re currently looking for a temporary full–time Senior Planner for approximately 18 months. The Senior Planner will be assisting our Planning & Development team on its journey to successfully manage the growing development within our county. An ideal candidate for the Senior Planner position is a dedicated self-starter individual with a passion for land & policy development and proven experience in delivering excellent customer service to its stakeholders.
The County believes in encouraging our employees to contribute to meaningful work that makes a positive difference. Joining our team opens the door to a rewarding career where the health and wellness of our employees, families, and communities are vital to the success of our workplace. The municipality’s dedication to work/life balance, flexible working hours, remote work options, wellness programs, employee recognition programs, learning and development opportunities, competitive salaries, and benefits are a few of the reasons why you should join us today!
If you want to become a leader in your field and take your career to new heights, let's talk and build something great.
PURPOSE OF POSITION:
Reporting to the Supervisor, Planning and Development, the incumbent will:
represent the County in the provision of professional planning services to members of the Public
conduct research and analysis required to provide professional advice and recommendations relating to land development, long range planning and policy development that ensures the quality of life in Haldimand County is sustained and / or improved
ensure compliance with relative Provincial Legislation and Municipal by-laws, policies and processes related to the services and advice provided.
Accountabilities / Tasks
Include, but are not limited to the following:
In the area of development, land-use planning:
Undertake the evaluation of major development initiatives / proposals ensuring compliance with Municipal and Provincial policies and regulations utilizing professional judgement and planning principles.
Interpret government agency regulations and ensure compliance with same in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding between the Municipality and the Province.
Maintain and foster corporate goals by ensuring public access to and participation in the planning process.
Chair pre-consultation and development coordinating meetings to review development proposals.
Attend meetings to provide and receive information relative to development proposals when and as required.
Negotiate solutions whenever possible between government agencies and/or the public in matters of competing interest.
Review and evaluate development submissions and reports, provide professional planning opinions or recommendations to senior staff and Council.
Prepare and present reports relating to planning proposals and issues and make recommendations (which may include conditions of approval) to Committee of Adjustment, Committee and Council.
Prepare and administer development agreements on behalf of the County ensuring compliance with municipal policies and procedure.
Monitor, assess and recommend area municipality sewage treatment plant capacity allocations in relation to existing and proposed developments through the preparation of sewage allocation reports.
Prepare Official Plan Amendments and land use by-laws such as zoning, holding, interim control, part lot control, temporary use and site plan, for consideration and approval by the Municipality.
In the area of land-use policy:
Project manage various major and complex projects and programs, including issue-specific and general policy initiatives.
In terms of specific projects, responsible for managing peer reviews; preparation of terms of reference documents; assisting in retention of consultants; and, other aspects of study / project to be undertaken.
Research and prepare reports and / or assist in the preparation of long range planning studies related to planning and development issues as well as economic development issues.
Monitor the Zoning By-Law and Official Plan for any inconsistencies and ensure those identified are addressed and corrected during the appropriate review.
Assist in developing and implementing community engagement strategies.
Develop and maintain public awareness for the various land use policies, always being receptive and responsive to public feedback including representing the Municipality at public gatherings, e.g. Chamber of Commerce, BIA meetings, schools, etc.
Prepare and give expert planning testimony at Local Planning Tribunal (LPAT) hearings individually or in consultation with the County Solicitor.
Assist County solicitor in preparation to cross examine witness(es) at LPAT hearing(s) when and if required.
Provide advice and information to municipal staff including Building Inspectors and By-law Enforcement Officers.
Assist the Secretary Treasurer of the Committee of Adjustment by stamping deeds on an as needed basis.
Implement internal processes to efficiently manage work flow and provide good quality customer service.
Undertake tasks / work assignments as directed by the Supervisor or Manager.
Must be a team player with a commitment to quality customer service.
All Haldimand County employees are expected to:
work safely and respect others in the work place
work within policies and procedures determined by Haldimand County and / or legislation relative to the function
This position requires:
- a current (within the past 6 months) Police Check NO
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Accommodation is available for any applicant with a disability, as it relates to the recruitment process of this position. Upon request, Haldimand County will consult with the applicant and provide, or arrange for the provision of a suitable accommodation in a manner that takes into account the applicant’s accessibility needs due to disability.
As per current Legislation, if it is determined that those employees with priority placement status are suitable for this job, before a selection decision has been made, this competition may be cancelled.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
University degree – four years or equivalent (Planning or related field), or equivalent.
Over four years, up to and including five years current related experience and orientation, training & adjustment on the job itself.
OR equivalent to the combination above.
Must be a member in good standing of Canadian Institute of Planners (C.I.P.) and a Registered Professional Planner (RPP) in the Province of Ontario.
KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS REQUIRED:
Sound knowledge of relevant legislation, regulations, policies and procedures
Strong interpersonal skills
Strong communication skills (oral, hearing and written).
Strong research skills.
Proven organization, analytical and time management skills.
Proven project development & management skills.
Proven ability to work independently or as a team member.
Valid Ontario Drivers license – Class G and access to a reliable vehicle as travel is required.
Level 4 - The incumbent must possess intermediate and advanced computer skills scored at 65% or higher for Outlook and at least one of Word / Excel / PowerPoint to ensure their:
proven ability to use desktop or department / division specific software packages on their own or combine information from different software packages to get the desired result,
solid understanding of the software to enable the incumbent to know the best tool to do the job efficiently,
knowledge to utilize software to develop quality reports, professional looking presentations, publications and/or to develop complex spreadsheets for analysis or presentation of data (including use of formulae).
Working in Haldimand CountyLong-term Care Employment
Join a team of professional staff dedicated to serving the community through the provision of high-quality and sustainable services. Haldimand County offers its employees a diverse selection of fulfilling and challenging careers, from summer employment to executive level opportunities. Haldimand County’s diverse urban and rural communities offer an outstanding quality of life in a friendly small town atmosphere. Home to the waters of Lake Erie and the renowned Grand River, Haldimand County provides a picturesque setting for many recreational pursuits.