Planner 1 - City of Nelson

City of Nelson
Posted a month ago
Full Time

Job Description

Planner 1 Reports to: Director, Development Services and Climate Action Department: Development Services and Climate Action

SUMMARY Reporting to the Director of Development Services and Climate Leadership, the Planner 1 will focus on current planning projects with opportunities to assist in long-range planning tasks.



Provides information and assistance to the public on simple to moderate planning- related matters regarding zoning, land use and other municipal bylaws including the interpretation of municipal bylaws and provincial planning legislation; Coordinates project review with other City departments and outside agencies; Prepares staff reports and policy recommendations to the Director of Development Services and Climate Leadership; Reviews a variety of permit applications (including building permits and development permits) for compliance with bylaws and design guidelines; drafts permits and makes recommendations on approval to the Director of Development Services and Climate Leadership; Attends and presents occasionally at Council meetings; Compiles and evaluates significant amounts of data and information. Undertakes research on specific planning and sustainability initiatives and proposed bylaw amendments; Performs field investigations to ensure projects conform to zoning regulations, design regulations, and/or approved plans; assists permit applicants with preliminary inquiries as well as to satisfy conditions of approval; May be required to attending meetings of the Advisory Planning Commission, Board of Variance, Parking & Traffic Committee, Cultural Development Commission – Heritage Working Group or similar internal or external committees, acting as Recording Secretary and completes assigned tasks. Responsible for the preparation of agendas, meeting schedules, meeting notices, minutes, and other documents; Independently designs and coordinates public and stakeholder engagement; Attends meetings organized for special City projects and acts as departmental liaison; Responsible for the management of composition, maintenance and updates of information related to the Department of Development Services on the City’s website to ensure validity; Assists in the project management of long-range planning and sustainability initiatives. Includes grant writing, development and coordination of RFPs, responding to technical inquiries, preparation/facilitation of community consultations, and participating in various working/steering committees; Other duties as assigned.


A university degree in Planning or a university degree in a planning-related discipline (Geography, Urban Studies, Environmental Studies, etc.) is required. A Master’s degree in Planning or a planning-related field is desirable. A minimum of one year of directly-related progressively responsible experience in municipal planning and subdivisions. Experience with BC legislation related to land use planning Member of, or eligible for membership with the Canadian Institute of Planners Current valid BC Driver’s License with a good driving record.


Knowledge of the principles, practices, methods and techniques used in land use planning and building services. Knowledge of current urban planning issues. Ability to manage policy and plan development projects independently and as part of a team. Interest in continuing education and following recent developments related to the planning profession and municipal policy. Ability to prepare professional and technical planning and/or administrative reports and studies and analyze and evaluate data. High degree of creative ability and adaptability in the planning and development field. High professional and ethical standards. Ability to perform all duties under minimal supervision. Strong written and oral communication skills and interpersonal skills. Ability to analyze problems and identify alternative solutions. Ability to develop bylaws and policies related to land use planning and development. Ability to organize work schedules and prioritize work using strong organization skills. Ability to establish and maintain courteous, tactful, diplomatic working relationships with the general public, contractors, staff and elected officials. Ability to use inDesign, Illustrator, GIS, and website content management platforms is an asset.


Analytical Team player Ability to work effectively with the public Effective communicator Planning, organizing, and coordinating Problem solving and judgement

t Education Requirement: Bachelor’s degree Job Experience: 1 year to less than 2 years

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