Planner, Development Planning and Permits
Current Rate of Pay: Min = $83,582.27, Max = $90,617.03 annual
Type: Permanent Full-time
Hours of work: 35 hrs/week
Work location: Head Office – 101 Exchange Ave
Division: Development and Engineering Services
Business unit: Development Planning and Permits
Remote Work: Hybrid
With more than 60 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario, created to safeguard and enhance the health and well-being of watershed communities through the protection and restoration of the natural environment and the ecological services the environment provides.
TRCA works to protect the integrity and health of the rivers and creeks in the jurisdiction, develop a system of green and natural spaces that sustains local ecosystems, and advance sustainable practices that improve people’s lives within our growing region.
How you will contribute as part of the TRCA team:
Under the direction of the Associate Director/Senior Manager and reporting directly to the Senior Planner, the Planner is responsible for:
- Coordinate the review of primarily standard and minor planning and permit applications including Minor Variances, Consents, Site Plans, site-specific Zoning Amendments, and Official Plan Amendments.
- Evaluate planning and permit applications, documents and studies and identify how they are affected by Authority regulations, policy and program interests.
- Liaise with and provide professional planning advice and recommend appropriate action to municipal partners and permit applicants with the assistance of the Senior Planner.
- Meet requested municipal deadlines, communicate anticipated delays and manage client expectations.
- Conduct site inspections to identify and assess site characteristics and constraints on development and undertake field stakings to delineate natural features.
- Open, track and organize digital files and administer the fee schedule (e.g., determine appropriate fee, process fee payments, ensure cheques are collected and processed).
- Provide ongoing guidance and mentoring of junior staff to ensure that the TRCA’s land use planning and development permit services are effectively and efficiently delivered.
- Under the guidance of the Senior Planner, assist Enforcement Officers with negotiations with proponents and technical experts to resolve permit compliance issues.
What will you need to succeed:
- Completion of a post-secondary education in planning or a related discipline with a core focus on land use, regional, watershed, environmental planning or site design.
- Eligibility and working towards membership in Ontario Professional Planners Institute.
- Minimum of three (3) years municipal and/or environmental planning experience related to major responsibilities.
- Detailed knowledge of statutes and regulatory controls affecting land use planning and development, including the Conservation Authorities Act and regulations, TRCA Living City Policies, Planning Act, Provincial Policy Statement 2014, Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, Greenbelt, Places to Grow, etc.
- Understanding of the role of TRCA in the broader municipal and provincial planning context.
- Knowledge of Official Plan, Zoning, Subdivision, Condominium, Consent, Variance and other development review and Planning Act processes and implementing documents.
- Ability to understand site conditions and read and interpret construction plans and drawings (e.g., grading, topography, environmental features).
- Excellent analytical and oral and written communication skills.
- Demonstrated negotiation skills.
- Ability to work effectively in a high paced, high volume, politically sensitive work environment.
- Demonstrated problem solving abilities using sound judgement with a solution-oriented approach.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and with a multi-disciplinary team.
- Working knowledge of computer software applications such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, ArcGIS, municipal application circulation software, and ability to learn new applicable software.
- Valid Ontario “G” driver’s license.
What TRCA has to offer you:
As part of a progressive team, you will have the opportunity to make a positive impact to preserving and protecting nature, while maintaining a balance between the natural environment and built environment. Working with experts within our field, you will join a team of colleagues that are committed to TRCA’s core values of integrity, collaboration, accountability, respect, and excellence (icare).
You will be part of a diverse and inclusive organization that:
- Makes a positive difference in the communities we serve.
- Fosters high performance and collaborative teams.
- Provides continuous learning and development opportunities.
- Offers a comprehensive compensation and benefits program (including Defined Benefit Pension Plan – OMERS/OTPP).
- Provides unique TRCA Perks.
- Provides flexible work arrangements.
- Offers potential for career growth and advancement.
To apply to this posting, click on the “Apply” icon. Please submit your resume and cover letter prior to midnight on August 14, 2022.
All new hires are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as a precondition to being hired by TRCA. TRCA will comply with its obligations pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code and any other applicable legislation.
While the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) thanks all applicants for their interest, only those under consideration will be contacted for interviews. Please be advised that successful incumbent(s) may be required to undergo a vulnerable sector screening and/or driver’s abstract check as a part of the final step in the hiring process.
TRCA is an equal opportunity employer. We embrace diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive workplace. Our goal is to attract, develop and retain highly talented employees from diverse backgrounds, allowing us to benefit from a wide variety of experiences and perspectives. In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and TRCA Policies, accommodation will be provided at any point throughout the hiring process, provided the candidate makes their accommodation needs known to the TRCA. We welcome applications from all qualified persons.
Personal information you provide through the TRCA recruitment, selection and onboarding process is collected under the authority of the Conservation Authorities Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. C.27. Collection of this personal information is necessary for the proper administration of this recruitment process for employment and volunteer positions with TRCA. Personal information is protected from disclosure pursuant to the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Any questions regarding this collection activity should be directed to the Supervisor of Records, 101 Exchange Avenue, Vaughan, Ontario, L4K 5R6, (416) 661-6600 extension 5216.
- Pay Type Salary
- Min Hiring Rate $83,582.27
- Max Hiring Rate $90,617.03
- Travel Required Yes
- Travel % 5
- Required Education Bachelor’s Degree
- 101 Exchange Ave, Concord, ON L4K 5R6, Canada