Planner II (Urban Designer/Development Planner II) - City of Vancouver

City of Vancouver

Planner II (Urban Designer/Development Planner II)

Requisition ID: 33035 

Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Vancouver has a commitment to becoming a City of Reconciliation. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is working towards being the greenest city in the world. Named among Canada's Top 100 Employers, BC's Top Employers, and Canada's Greenest Employers, the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, decolonization, equity and outstanding quality of life for all residents.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

Main Purpose & Function 
The Planner II (Urban Designer/Development Planner II) is responsible for highly complex professional planning, urban design and development planning work related to the physical design and development of Vancouver’s public and private realm.

The position provides built form, development and urban design advice on rezoning applications and development applications ranging from small proposals to large urban-scale redevelopments, as well as broader planning initiatives. This work includes review and assessment of formal development proposals; interpretation of existing urban design policies and guidelines; development and implementation of new policies and guidelines; presentations to panels, committees and Council; and supporting improvement of associated processes.

The work is undertaken in a multi-disciplinary team environment and involves both independent thought and co-operative decision-making. The subject matter can be sensitive in nature and requires thorough, conceptually clear and accurate responses to varied stakeholder interests. Consultation with internal and external stakeholders, including members of the general public, is a regular and important part of the position.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities
  • Manages and coordinates conditional development enquiries and, following submission of a formal development application, contributes development planning and urban design advice as part of a multi-disciplinary project team through to Development Permit issuance, with specific responsibilities including:
    • Interpretation of the City of Vancouver’s urban design policies and guidelines, and broader objectives as they relate to development enquiries and applications.
    • Preparation of development advice to applicants, and recommendations to senior levels of management regarding prospective or formal development applications.
    • Consultation with internal and external stakeholders (e.g. City of Vancouver Engineering Services, members of the general public, etc.) to ensure optimal overall urban design outcome.
    • Consultation with relevant advisory bodies by way of formal presentations (e.g. Urban Design Panel, Persons with Disabilities Advisory Committee, etc.).
    • Drafting urban design conditions, form of development reports, and other written analyses intended for public access.
    • Presentation of final development proposals and staff recommendations to relevant approving bodies (e.g. Development Permit Board or Director of Planning) for senior-level concurrence.
  • Contributes professional development planning and urban design advice on rezoning enquiries and applications, with specific responsibilities including:
    • Drafting written form of development analysis to inform Reports to Council;
    • Drafting urban design conditions;
    • Draws on superior presentation skills to respond to questions related to rezoning applications from Mayor and Council at public hearings.
  • Works within a multi-disciplinary team environment dealing with highly complex and controversial urban design and development planning matters.
  • Undertakes and/or manages urban design policy development including:
    • Refinement of adopted policy, regulations and guidelines.
    • Support creation of new policy, regulations and guidelines.
    • Participation in major planning initiatives involving complex projects and often politically sensitive.
  • Undertakes and/or manages process improvements such as:
    • Systems refinement.
    • Communications refinement.
  • Provides professional urban design advice on a range of planning initiatives including major projects, official community plans, area plans, and other related policy projects.

Education and Experience:
  • Graduate degree in Architecture, Planning or related university degree with experience similar to the duties required, preferably supplemented by supervisory experience.
  • Architectural or alternate design experience with an emphasis on large-scale development is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Considerable knowledge of urban design, architecture and landscape architecture design.
  • Considerable knowledge of several of the following as they relate to planning: urban design, social sciences, law, economics, development practices and municipal finance.
  • Considerable knowledge of sustainable building design and construction practices.
  • Strong skills in communicating urban design concepts graphically both digitally and by hand
  • Strong graphic skill, including use of AutoCAD, Sketch Up, Photoshop, etc.
  • Strong verbal, written and presentation skills.
  • High degree of design skill as well as critical thinking ability.
  • Ability to establish co-operative working relationships, undertake  negotiations and resolve conflicts with developers, design consultants, City departments and the general public.
  • Ability to analyze complex situations, determine appropriate course of action and make recommendations to senior management.
  • Ability to organize and co-ordinate multiple projects with tight timelines.

Business Unit/Department: Planning, Urban Design & Sustainability (1275) 

Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks 

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Position Start Date: October, 2021 

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-031: $50.76 to $60.03 per hour

Application Close: September 24, 2021

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, LGBT2Q+ and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process.Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion

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Organization: City of Vancouver
Location: Vancouver, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Category(s): Planning & Development
Posted: September 15, 2021, 12:24 pm
Expires: September 24, 2021, 4:30 pm

Employment Type: Full Time
Employment Length: Permanent
Education Requirement: Bachelor’s degree
Job Experience: Experience an asset
Rate: $50.76 to $60.03 Hour

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