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Development Officer_Community Development_2010-10Municipality of the District of Chester Position Description Position Title: Development Officer Salary Band: Directors 2 / Senior Contributors Reports to: Planning Director Status: Full -time Location: 186 Central Street Updated: October 2010 Hours: 8:30 to 4:30 SCOPE This is a professional position that carries responsibilities for approving or refusing development permits and subdivision plans. The Development Officer works under the management of the Planning Director and reports to the Planning Director or Municipal Councils as appropriate during the course of administration of Land Use By -laws, and Subdivision By -laws. QUALIFICATIONS • A degree in Planning or a related field. • Two years previous employment experience as a Development Officer, or a combination of related training and experience that demonstrates a capability to assume the duties of the Development Officer. • Thorough knowledge of the Municipal Government Act and other legislation relevant to administration of Land Use By -laws, Subdivisions By -laws, and Subdivision Regulations. • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. • Effective public contact skills, both by telephone and face -to -face. • General knowledge of planning theory, techniques, and tools. • General knowledge of local government responsibility, organization and procedures. • General knowledge of cartographic and drafting techniques, with emphasis on digital processes. • General knowledge of property law. • Demonstrated competence at planning and development control work. • General knowledge of computer systems and computer applications used in a planning office. • Ability to manage the computer database and the paper filing systems. • Ability to read and interpret technical drawings such as site plans, engineering drawings, and survey plans. SUMMARY OF FUNCTION Principle Duties and Responsibilities Group 1- Development Officer Performs the duties of a Municipal Development Officer, subject to statutory provisions of the Municipal Government Act. i. Land Use Control Interprets and administers Land Use By -laws. a. Processes variance applications. b. Processes development permit applications. c. Issues or refuses development permits. d. Issues or refuses site plan approvals. e. Conducts site inspections. f. Assists in preparing Development Agreements. ii. Subdivision Control Interprets and administers Municipal Subdivision By -laws and Provincial Subdivision Regulations. a. Processes subdivision applications. b. Approves or refuses subdivision plans. c. Files approved and endorsed documents at the Registry of Deeds. d. Conducts site inspections. iii. Office Administration Maintains filing system for subdivision plans and development permits, both hard copy and in a computer database. Supervises junior development control staff as authorized by Planning Director. iv. Communication a. Consults with Municipal Solicitors and other Municipal and Provincial staff as necessary. b. Makes presentations to Council and committees regarding administration of By -laws and regulations. c. Speaks to groups on matters of development control. d. Conducts property research regarding subdivision and development permit applications. e. Provides advice to surveyors, developers, real estate agents, and general public. f. Prepares reports on development control. g. Assists the Municipal Solicitor in preparing for and conducting Review Board Appeals and court actions. h. Appears as a witness at Review Board and Court hearings when required. v. Other Duties a. Provide advice and consultation to Council and staff on issues of development control. b. Represents Planning Department on internal committees. c. Attends meetings and advises specific Council Committees as assigned by the Director. d. Trained and able to support Emergency Operations Center during emergencies. e. Provides all services to the Town of Mahone Bay, under contract. f. Travel within the Municipality, as required. CONTACTS 1. General Public 2. CAO 3. Council 4. Planning Director S. Building Inspector 6. Municipal Solicitor 7. Administrative Assistant