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Senior Planner_Job Description_Community Development_2019-01-31 Municipality of the District of Chester Position Description Position Title: Senior Planner Salary Band: Directors 2/Senior Contributors Reports to: Director of Community Development Status: Full Time Classification: Administrative Department: Community Development Department Location: Municipal Complex (186 Central Street and 151 King Street), subject to change Hours: Generally, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., evening and weekend work may be required Updated: January 2019 ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ SCOPE The Senior Planner is knowledgeable in a broad range of planning matters, has specialized expertise, provides professional planning services and leads a wide variety of professional planning services or projects with minimal supervision. The Senior Planner works under the direction of the Director of Community Development, working closely with two municipal councils and their committees on matters of policy, implementation of by-laws and research. The Senior Planner may from time to time act in the place of the Director of Community Development or the Development Officer under the Municipal Government Act. The incumbent demonstrates specialized knowledge in one or more areas of expertise such as Development Review, Community Planning, Regional Planning, Urban Design, Heritage & Cultural Planning, Infrastructure Planning, Transportation Planning, Environmental Planning and Socio-Economic Research. OBLIGATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES UNDER LEGISLATION Planning Job Description (continued) 2 1. The Municipality of the District of Chester is committed to workplace safety and all employees are expected to actively participate in the Municipality’s Occupational Health and Safety Policy and Program and Occupational Health and Safety Legislation as well as Regulations of the Province of Nova Scotia. 2. The Municipality of the District of Chester complies with the Employment Legislation of Nova Scotia and all employees are also expected to act in accordance to the appropriate Legislation as well. QUALIFICATIONS 1. A University Degree in planning or a related field. A Master’s Degree in Planning would be an asset. 2. Five or more years of experience or a combination of training and experience that demonstrates a capability to assume the duties of Senior Planner. 3. Eligibility to be licensed as a Licensed Professional Planner as per the NS Professional Planners Act is required. 4. Supervisory or management experience would be an asset. 5. Experience with GIS mapping is an asset. SUMMARY OF FUNCTION Duties and Responsibilities: Research & Analysis 1. Researches, conducts studies, and reports to Council and its Committees on planning- related matters and other topics as required. 2. Researches funding opportunities, prepares requests for proposals, engages and supervises planning consultants to prepare studies and reports on planning matters. 3. Identifies emerging planning trends, policies and best practices from other jurisdictions and makes recommendations on business unit policies and planning initiatives to address community problems 4. Monitors effectiveness of existing planning policies, business processes and regulations and makes recommendations for improvements when necessary Policy and Regulatory Development 1. Leads or supports the review and updating of the goals and policies of the existing Municipal Planning Strategy, Chester Village and Area Secondary Planning Strategy and accompanying Land Use By-laws together with any related advisory reports, in Page 2 of 5 Planning Job Description (continued) 3 consultation with Council, municipal and provincial staff and the public. 2. Prepares Municipal Planning Strategy, Land Use By-law, Subdivision By-law, Development Agreement and amendments to these documents, together with any related advisory reports, in consultation with Council, municipal and provincial staff and the public. 3. Ensures all procedures required by statute for the adoption, amendment and implementation of Municipal Planning Strategy, Land Use By-law, Subdivision By-law and Development Agreement are carried out. 4. Consults with Community Development staff, Citizen Advisory Panel, and Municipal Council to develop land use policies and regulations consistent with strategic priorities, and other policies relating to the physical, social and economic well-being of the Municipality. Public Engagement 1. Attends, makes presentations and participates in discussions at meetings of Council, Council Committees, and community groups. 2. Designs and facilitates public meetings representing the Municipality on a variety of planning matters Advisory Role 1. Monitors effectiveness of existing planning policies, business processes and regulations and makes recommendations for improvements as necessary 2. Advises and seeks advice from Council on all planning-related matters, with emphasis on the preparation, amendment and implementation of Municipal Planning Strategy, Land Use By-law, Subdivision By-law and Development Agreement. 3. Reviews statements of Provincial Interest, Provincial strategies, and policies related to environment, transportation, infrastructure, coastal management, housing and water resources, etc. and prepares briefing documents for consideration in policy and decision- making processes. 4. Reviews existing policies and plans to ensure action items and policies relating to climate change, as well as sustainability, healthy communities, economic development, infrastructure, and other current and emerging issues are addressed in the Review. Compliance and Appeals 1. Works with Development Officer and By-law enforcement personnel to assist in investigation of violations of planning regulations 2. Acts as witness in legal proceedings as necessary and provides expert advice at the Page 3 of 5 Planning Job Description (continued) 4 Utility and Review Board and Court Development Control 1. Carries out the duties of the Development Officer in the absence or incapacity of the Development Officer. Refer to the job description for the Development Officer. Committee Management a. Ensures that agendas, support materials, and meeting minutes are prepared and distributed for all Planning Advisory Committee, Water Quality monitor committee meetings, and others as required. Business Unit and Supervisory 1. Supervises the Planner and summer/contract staff as deemed necessary. 2. Assists in recruiting, interviewing, training and evaluating staff. 3. Conducts staff performance appraisals and makes recommendations to Community Development Director on performance-related matters of staff. 4. Assist in advising and making recommendations on policies and procedures related to land use planning and development programs or strategic corporate initiatives. 5. Assist with development of budget for Planning division 6. Represents the business unit or the municipality as a team member, or independently, on assigned planning matters Contractual Duties 1. Carries out the duties of the Municipal Planner and the Acting Development Officer for any municipal units, which have contracted services from the Municipality, including but not limited to the Town of Mahone Bay. Skills/Knowledge/Competencies  Thorough knowledge of the Municipal Government Act and knowledge of other statutes that affect planning and community development.  General knowledge of Property Law.   Thorough knowledge of planning theory, techniques, and tools.  Demonstrated competence at planning and development control work.  Proven leadership abilities to perform as a team player and build effective relationships with residents, developers, government officials as well as community partners; Page 4 of 5 Planning Job Description (continued) 5  Ability to work with limited supervision, high level of sound and independent judgment, reasoning and discretion;  Ability to provide high quality strategic advice on a range of focus areas related to community and land use planning;  Ability to keep up to date on knowledge of legislative, regulatory, and by-law framework the municipality works within;  Outstanding interpersonal skills including: o Exceptional communication skills (listening, written and oral); o Adept at human relations and negotiating; o Experience in public relations; o Ability to work effectively with a variety of people; o Ability to effectively deal with conflict and difficult situations;  Strong analytical and decision-making skills, including ability to make decisions relative to urgency and importance;  General knowledge and understanding of computers including a variety of computer applications;  Ability to processes problems into a solution or new opportunities, seek “out of the box” entrepreneurial solutions to resolve complex problems.  Valid driver’s license and willingness to travel, both within and outside of the Municipality. Contacts 1. Council 2. General Public Page 5 of 5