Development Technician - Town of Cochrane

Town of Cochrane

Development Technician

The Town of Cochrane is located in the breathtaking Bow Valley corridor in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in southern Alberta. With a population of over 30,000 people, and growing steadily every year, Cochrane is a thriving town, surrounded by world-famous ranch country. Our western heritage is reflected in the Town’s architecture and our friendly people. The Town of Cochrane welcomes innovative and skilled individuals to join our team of over 250 employees.

The Town of Cochrane is excited to recruit for the position of Development Technician for the Town’s Planning Services department. We are looking for an innovative and skilled individual to join our team!

Why should you consider working for us?
Our employees enjoy many benefits including competitive public sector pay, comprehensive health and dental benefits package, professional learning and development opportunities and the opportunity to work with other talented municipal professionals.
As an organization, the Town of Cochrane has a focus on investing in people. This is not a boring municipality. We are growing into an organization with a focus on transparency, critical thinking, curiosity, reflection and innovation. We support experimentation as part of the growth process and strive for continuous improvement. We are municipal employees, and we are accountable to all the residents of the Town of Cochrane. Want to be a part of this exciting time?

Ok, but what is a Development Technician at the Town of Cochrane?
Reporting to the Manager, Planning this position is responsible for providing clerical and technical support to the administration of the Planning section. This is accomplished by receiving, documenting, and ensuring completeness of: subdivision and planning compliance certificates, development permits, subdivision applications, and land use development applications. This position is also responsible for issuing planning compliance certificates and minor development permits in accordance with the Town’s Land Use Bylaw and other related statutory regulations. This position provides support to planners and excellent customer service to enquiries from both internal and external stakeholders related to these planning functions within the Town of Cochrane.

If you want to make a difference in our community and have education in land use, civil, or building planning with 3 to 5 years of experience in a municipal planning environment, we welcome your application for our Development Technician.

As the Development Technician, you will:

  • Act as the first point of contact for public inquiries and applications related to all planning and development matters related to the Municipal Government Act, Subdivision and Development Regulations, the Municipal Development Plan, Land Use Bylaw, Inter-Municipal Development Plans, and other statutory and non-statutory plans.
  • Receive, process, and issue compliance certificates by reviewing legal surveys to ensure existing developments meet the Land Use Bylaw.
  • Act as a resource to provide accurate information to internal departments, contractors, landowners and the public related to Planning requirements and process.
  • Receive, document, review and determine the completeness of subdivision and development permit applications in accordance to Town of Cochrane application standards.
  • Receive, document and process minor development permit applications, including signs, accessory buildings, accessory suites, home-based businesses, and various minor variance applications related to associated compliance applications.
  • Conduct Land Titles research and other activities to assist in the subdivision, compliance, and development application process.
  • Prepare agendas, meeting minutes and reports for meetings as required
  • Provide back-up coverage and provide advice related to building permits for Safety Codes Technician.
  • Provide administrative and technical support and assistance to Planners on day-to-day files and the development of statutory and non-statutory planning documents as required.

If many of the following characteristics and skills describe you, we want to meet you!

  • Demonstrates good organizational, time management, writing, and computer-related technical skills applicable to the Section’s responsibilities.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Strong working knowledge and skills with Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel and PowerPoint. Experience with GIS considered an asset.

The Town of Cochrane is committed to providing a healthy and safe work environment for all employees. As a Town of Cochrane employee, you must take reasonable care to protect your health and safety and that of others present at Town worksites, perform work safely, follow all relevant health and safety legislation, Town directives and procedures and attend all identified orientations and training.

Still interested? Here’s how to apply:

  • Qualified individuals are encouraged to submit your resume, and a letter stating how your experience match the required qualifications, skills, and abilities for this position.
  • All qualified candidates will be requested to complete an online suitability survey
  • Applications for this position will be accepted until 9pm MST August 14th, 2022 at

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All applicants must be legally entitled to live and work in Canada.
Land Acknowledgement
In the spirit of reconciliation, we acknowledge that we live, work and play on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta.

Organization: Town of Cochrane
Location: Cochrane, AB
Region: Calgary
Professional Category(s): Planning & Development
Posted: July 29, 2022, 2:48 pm
Expires: August 14, 2022, 9:00 pm

Employment Type: Full Time
Employment Length: Permanent
Education Requirement: College, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma from a program of 1 year to 2 years
Job Experience: 3 years to less than 5 years

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