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City of Surrey

Director, Development Planning

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The Director, Development Planning requires considerable experience and expertise in city planning in the municipal sector. This position involves overseeing the expeditious, yet comprehensive, processing of a very high volume of land development applications. In this fast-paced environment, this position is often relied upon as a resource to provide technical knowledge and creativity to find solutions to various issues. This position requires an individual that is innovative, inclusive, transparent, motivating, cooperative, and service-oriented, with strong ethics and values.
Full-time Regular – Exempt
As one of two Directors responsible for Development Planning, you will:

  • Lead a team of professional and technical planning staff dealing with a heavy workload of land development applications and experiencing considerable pressures.
  • Provide technical and strategic advice to the team and to other Divisions and Departments.
  • Attend Council meetings and respond accordingly to questions from Council members and citizens.
  • Take responsibility for all Planning Reports to Council, regarding land development applications.
  • Ensure consistency and sound judgement in decision-making and efficiency in processes and when necessary, take action that moves issues to closure.
  • Delegate effectively and ensure individual and team accountability.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in public relations techniques and conflict resolution.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all stakeholders including Council, staff, the development community, community groups, and the public.
  • Deal with sensitive and confidential issues.
  • Perform the statutory duties of an Approving Officer as per the Land Title Act.
  • Work in collaboration with the other Director, Development Planning as required.
  • Represent the General Manager, Planning & Development and/or the Chief Development Approvals Officer, when required.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Planning or a related discipline; however, a Master’s Degree in Planning is preferred.
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in the planning profession, preferably in the municipal government sector, and a minimum of five years management or supervisory experience, directly related to the position.
  • Current member or eligible to fulfill the requirements for membership with the Canadian Institute of Planners.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of pertinent legislation and City bylaws and policies.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with external stakeholders, including vendors, developers, public bodies and private entities across the region and province.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and problem-solving skills.
  • A valid BC driver’s license is required.

Pay Grade: M6
Annual Rate: $179,115 - $210,723
This position to be posted until March 8, 2024.