Planner I

Wheatland County

Planner I

Position Reports To: Manager of Planning and Safety Codes Services   

Position Summary:
The Planner I will provide a wide range of professional and administrative services, within the Planning and Development business area, related to current and long range planning activities of Wheatland County.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Respond to verbal and written enquiries from the public.
  • Respond to verbal and written inquiries related to active Planning applications from applicants, internal staff, and members of the public.
  • Review and process permitted and discretionary development permit applications.
  • Review and process minor re-designation and minor subdivision applications.
  • Provide Planning input at Planning and Development file review meetings.
  • Attend weekly Planning and Development meetings to present application questions for discussion and next steps.
  • Attend weekly and monthly meetings with the Supervisor / Manager.
  • Write reports related to Planning applications and present items to the Municipal Planning Commission and Council.
  • When required, prepare information and attend meetings of the ‘Committee of the Whole’, or informal Planning and Priorities meetings with Council
  • Participate in the review and update of the Land Use Bylaw and statutory plans as directed by the Supervisor / Manager.
  • Conduct site inspections related to Planning applications.
  • Conduct research for projects and Planning topics, as required.
  • Circulate and advertise Planning applications to internal departments and external agencies, the public and adjacent municipalities as required by Planning legislation and in line with County Planning Policy.
  • Circulate Planning applications to engineering consultants, as required; provide review comments to applicants.
  • Update GIS and Development Analyst with data related to internal GIS systems and appropriate filing.
  • Act as Development Officer for the purpose of signing off on development permits for the County.
  • Ensure adherence to all applicable Wheatland County policies and bylaws.
  • Ensure compliance with OH&S including attendance at safety meetings, being properly trained in OH&S related topics (e.g., Emergency Management training and exercises), and ensuring work is completed in a safe manner.
  • Appropriately, and in a timely manner complete administrative tasks (e.g., provide weekly and / or monthly work list updates to the General Manager, as requested; prepare presentations, reports and other documentation associated with Planning applications and assigned projects), when required.
  • Relate to and communicate with co-workers, management, customers and public sincerely, clearly, tactfully, promptly and courteously; respond to inquiries and complaints promptly and professionally.
  • Perform tasks, consistent with the position, including special projects / assignments, as may be required on an ad hoc basis.
  • Maintain an up-to-date and progressive professional development program with the County and the APPI / CIP.
  • A degree in Planning recognized by the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) and a minimum of 2 years of experience; or, a degree in a Planning-related discipline including a minimum of 3 years of related experience; experience in a municipal government setting would be preferred
  • Eligible for membership with the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) and the Alberta Professional Planners Institute (APPI)
  • Knowledge of applicable Planning legislation and regulatory requirements in Alberta
  • Knowledge of the principles of rural, urban and regional Planning
  • Proficiency in computer programs including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Ability to adapt to political, cultural, social and regulatory changes with the realm of Planning
  • Critical thinking skills with the ability to consider various aspects / implications when making major decisions
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Effective written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively in a team environment
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality
  • Valid Class 5 Alberta drivers’ licence
Working Conditions:
  • This position works a 5 day work week, Monday to Friday, with one day off in a 3 week cycle; hours of work: standard 37.5 hour work week

Please submit resume (button below), or send to:
Human Resources (Marked confidential), Wheatland County
RR1 Hwy 1
Strathmore, Alberta T1P 1J6
Fax (403) 934-4889
or Email here

In accordance with Wheatland County’s Personnel Policy, the successful candidate will be required to submit to a Criminal Records Check, and must be legally entitled to work for any employer in Canada. Must have a valid Class 5 Alberta Drivers’ License.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Organization: Wheatland County
Location: Strathmore, AB
Region: Calgary
Professional Category(s): Planning & Development
Posted: April 29, 2019, 1:23 pm
Expires: May 20, 2019, 4:30 pm

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