Planning Compliance Officer

County of Grande Prairie

Planning Compliance Officer 

Planning & Development department

$63,185 - $80,901 annually 

35 hours/week, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Permanent Full Time

Position type:

Close date:   
June 25, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.

Are you looking for an employer that values work-life balance?  Are you interested in an environment that fosters fun and proves it regularly?  Would you like to work for an employer that provides comprehensive benefits, which include a health and wellness benefit and on-site gym?

The Planning & Development Services department is responsible for implementation of planning and development goals, and for establishing and overseeing all planning, development and subdivision processes.  The Planning Compliance Officer professionally and efficiently enforces and/or aids in the enforcement and compliance monitoring and administration of the County’s Land Use Bylaw (LUB), Municipal Government Act (MGA), and other statutes and regulations as required. The position conducts investigations and inspections, issues warnings and Orders and reports daily activities to Management, and works with stakeholders to ensure responsible development within the County of Grande Prairie and the lawful and orderly development of land through compliance with the County Land Use Bylaw and the Municipal Government Act.

Job Duties and Tasks:
  1. Will be a witness as required for the County in a court of law.
  2. Will serve as an ambassador for the County of Grande Prairie and the Planning and Development Services division.
  3. Ensure that required documentation for any enforcement related files are properly served  and filled out completely.
  4. Ensure that all work related information is kept confidential and in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
  5. Ensure familiarity and understanding of the court system, County Policy, municipal bylaws and their application and related provincial statutes.
  6. Enforce statutes as appointed and conduct related inspections as required.
  7. Assist Planning and Development Services staff as required.
  8. Act as a resource person for inquiries regarding said bylaws and provincial statutes whether by public or county request, or refer the matter to the proper authority. Educate the public while in the field regarding compliance with the Land Use Bylaw and Municipal Government Act.
  9. Respond to complaints and calls in priority order and determine appropriate action.
  10. Issue warnings and orders. Appear for scheduled court dates, appeal hearings, public hearings, Council and Municipal Planning Commission meetings and make presentations and recommendations. Coordinate efforts with other community professionals such as police officers, court officials, peace officers, bylaw enforcement officers, and safety codes officers.
  11. Inspect and clean department vehicle and equipment on a regular basis and reports problems.
  12. Conduct site visits and document evidence
  13. Handle sensitive planning issues that occur within the more developed areas
  14. Respond to and process a high volume of inquiries related to development and provide technical advice and instructions regarding policy and procedures to customers, stakeholders and colleagues
  15. Review and render decisions on minor and major development applications
  16. Review and research zoning or land use legislation
  17. Issue written or verbal warnings and Orders for non-compliance with zoning regulations
  18. Prepare files and court briefs, as well as give evidence in court as required.
  19. Other related duties as assigned by the Director of Planning and Development Services or the Senior Planner.

The County of Grande Prairie No. 1, located in northwestern Alberta, is one of the fastest-growing and vibrant economic regions in Canada. This resource-rich area features friendly communities; an array of cultural, recreational, business and educational opportunities; 6,000 square kilometres of vast and dynamic landscape; and an internationally-renowned dinosaur bonebed and museum. The County of Grande Prairie serves a trade area of over 260,000 people, its diverse economy driven by agriculture, energy, forestry, manufacturing, tourism and commerce. As the first established county in the province, the County of Grande Prairie offers rural appeal and easy access to urban amenities. 

For more information, or to apply, please visit the job opportunities page at

Organization: County of Grande Prairie
Location: Clairmont, AB
Region: Athabasca / Grande Prairie
Professional Category(s): Planning & Development, Bylaw Enforcement
Posted: June 11, 2018, 12:35 pm
Expires: June 25, 2018, 8:30 am

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