Planner IPosition Reports To: Manager of Planning and Safety Codes Services
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.
- 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
- 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.