Director, Planning and Development

Municipality of Brighton

Director, Planning and Development
Municipality of Brighton, Ontario

Located in Northumberland County, the Municipality of Brighton (pop. 12,000) is a growing community on the shores of Lake Ontario, a 90 minute drive east of Toronto and an hour’s drive west of Kingston. Historically an agricultural community and shipping and railway hub, Brighton is developing residentially and commercially. Its new Strategic Plan, Official Plan and zoning by-law are in place, population growth is surpassing the provincial average and Brighton is upgrading servicing capacity and infrastructure to serve current and future needs. Tourists have long been attracted to Presque Isle Provincial Park, located in Brighton, and the municipality’s trails, history, shoreline, and popular festivals such as AppleFest attract 30,000 visitors each year. Brighton is a community of residents, entrepreneurs, tourists and businesses that are enjoying the Town’s natural features and attractions while welcoming new development and looking forward to growth and success.

Reports To: Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)
Direct Reports: Senior Planner, Chief Building Official (CBO), Deputy CBO, Administrative Assistant, By-Law Enforcement Officer
Location: 67 Sharp Road, Brighton, Ontario

Reporting to the CAO, the Director of Planning and Development is responsible for the administration and management of land use planning, the application of the Ontario Building Code and for enforcing municipal by-laws within the physical boundaries of the municipality.

Key responsibilities are as follows:
  • Planning, directing and supervising land use planning, building and by-law enforcement in accordance with municipal policies, government legislation, standards and regulations.
  • Developing and implementing appropriate departmental practices, procedures, specifications, standards and agreements.
  • Reporting and providing advice to Council and committees and as a member of the Senior Management Team, providing input to the development and implementation of municipal goals, objectives, policies, and priorities.
  • Ensuring professional support for the Committee of Adjustment, Heritage Advisory Committee and other committees as required under municipal and provincial legislation.
  • Ensuring timely review of the Official Plan, Secondary Plans and Comprehensive Zoning By-Laws.
  • Maintaining and implementing current planning applications and procedures.
  • Ensuring enforcement of municipal zoning by-laws and other enforceable by-laws as approved by Council and the Ministry of the Attorney General.
  • Representing Brighton at Hearings and Tribunals on matters related to planning, zoning, and building code.
  • Attending meetings with developers, builders, citizens and government officials to explain and negotiate development issues.
  • Ensuring tracking, records and workflow of permits and approvals for all steps of the building and development process while ensuring that provincial regulations and municipal by-laws are met and enforced.
  • Liaising with Conservation Authority and Upper Tier government to ensure Brighton’s objectives for planned growth are being met.
  • Supervising staff, reviewing employee performance, identifying and resolving employee relations issues, managing progressive discipline and participating in the recruitment process as necessary.
  • Developing and administering the division’s capital and operating budgets, monitoring and approving all expenditures.

Required Qualifications, Competencies & Experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Rural and Regional Planning or similar field.
  • 10-15 years’ progressive experience in all aspects of municipal land use planning and development with strong team leadership and project management skills.
  • Full CIP/OPPI membership
  • Strong knowledge of the Ontario Planning Act, Provincial Policies, Ontario Building Code, Provincial Offences Act and other related legislation and regulation.
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office applications including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint.
  • Experience in GIS land use parcel mapping.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and public presentation skills with exposure to working closely with elected officials on strategic and tactical planning initiatives.
  • High level of energy and enthusiasm for community development and planning.
  • Well organized and able to balance many active files simultaneously
  • Strong desire to work in a team atmosphere and to work cooperatively across all departments and staff.
  • Valid Ontario Class “G” Driver’s License, clean driving record and access to a vehicle.
  • Satisfactory criminal record check

To express interest in this exciting opportunity, please email a cover letter and resume to:

Marty Greenaway, Partner, Feldman Daxon Partners
45 St. Clair Avenue West, Suite 700, Toronto, Ontario M4V 1K9
Tel.: 416-515-7600 x231

Organization: Municipality of Brighton
Location: Brighton, ON
Region: Zone 5
Professional Category(s): Planning & Development
Posted: March 26, 2020, 10:13 am
Expires: April 30, 2020, 4:30 pm

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