Job Posting #18337
About Niagara Region
Serving a diverse urban and rural population of more than 430,000, Niagara Region is focused on building a strong and prosperous Niagara. Working collaboratively with 12 local area municipalities and numerous community partners, the Region delivers a range of high quality programs and services to support and advance the well-being of individuals, families and communities within its boundaries. Nestled between the great lakes of Erie and Ontario, the Niagara peninsula features some of Canada's most fertile agricultural land, the majesty of Niagara Falls and communities that are rich in both history and recreational and cultural opportunities. Niagara boasts dynamic modern cities, Canada's most developed wine industry, a temperate climate, extraordinary theatre, and some of Ontario's most breathtaking countryside. An international destination with easy access to its binational U.S. neighbour New York State, Niagara attracts over 14 million visitors annually, as well as a steady stream of new residents and businesses.
Reporting to the Senior Planner - Development, the Development Planner is responsible for all aspects of the review of development applications, including: research, analysis, field investigations, preparation and participation in pre-consultation meetings, consideration of alternative solutions, provision of advice to local municipalities and stakeholders/clients, formulation of written comments and recommendations, as well as consistent application of regional and provincial policies, plans, guidelines/standards and legislation.
Reviews and processes development applications including Researches and analyzes planning issues and development applications, identifying anomalies, issues and conflicts, based on: current legislation including the Planning Act and regulations, Provincial and Regional Plans and policies (such as the Greenbelt Plan, Niagara Escarpment Plan, Places to Grow, NPCA policy and regulation), guidelines (such as, MOE Noise, MDS, MOE D-Series and MTCS Archeology). Work with the Local Area Municipalities, applicants, NPCA, other regional divisions/departments and other stakeholders determining and considering alternatives to resolve issues Conducts field investigations to support and supplement research activities. Documents findings, prepares comments and reports and makes recommendations on tactics/strategies to be undertaken. Completes work within strictly monitored and legislated timelines Remains current on new techniques, issues and legislation affecting community development, providing advice and recommendations on strategies.
Prepares for and participates in pre-consultation meetings.
- Represents the Planning and Development Services Department at meetings with consultants, applicants/clients, local municipalities, Provincial Ministries and other agencies on planning matters.
- Provides consultation and advice on development related matters
- Determines and advises on Regional development review fees, applicable incentive programs and the requirement for studies with scoping where feasible.
Assists senior staff with preparation and review of projects, policies and planning studies.
- Reviews regional and provincial application policies, plans, guidelines/standards and legislation, identifying areas for improvement/modifications and providing recommendations to Senior Planner and Management Team.
- Conducts additional research as required.
- Presents expert planning evidence at OMB hearings and other types of tribunals on routine planning matters.
Maintains data and information file systems on all development proposals and applications.
- Ensures all data related to development applications and environmental assessments is entered into the iDarts system and up to date including all legislated documentation such as Notices of Approval and Commencement of EA studies
- Provides information and advice to the public and outside agencies as requested.
Researches planning activities and informs senior staff of applications and trends which could have important planning implications for the Region, such as Ontario Municipal Board decisions giving direction on provincial policy and impacting development applications.
- At least 3 years of practical planning experience dealing with policy and development.
- Candidate Membership in both the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI).
- Working knowledge of the Planning Act and Regulations, Provincial policies, plans and guidelines, Regional Official Plan, Growth Management, infrastructure planning and environmental assessments and Local planning policies.
- Knowledge of project management norms and practices.
- Computer applications experience with MS Office (Word, Excel, Access, and Power Point), application tracking systems (e.g. iDarts, AMANDA), MS Outlook and GIS based mapping systems (e.g. Niagara Atlas).
- Full membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners in good standing preferred.
- Registered Professional Planner (RPP) accreditation in good standing preferred.
- Qualified as an expert in planning to provide independent professional opinion before tribunals such as the Ontario Municipal Board preferred.
- Computer applications experience with MS Project or other project tracking systems preferred.
- 4 year post-secondary degree in Planning from a Canadian Institute of Planning (CIP) accredited planning program or a 4 year degree in a planning related subject and a Master’s degree in Planning from a CIP accredited planning program.
- Must be able to build relationships and trust with regional staff, clients, LAMS and other stakeholders
- Must maintain ability to travel in a timely manner to other offices, work locations or sites as authorized by the Corporation for business reasons.
- Regional staff strive to enable the strategic priorities of council and the organization through the completion of their work. Staff carry out their work by demonstrating the corporate values of service, honesty, choice, partnership and respect.
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Let us know why you would be an excellent team member by submitting your online application.
We thank all candidates for their interest however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
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