Job Posting #19035
Approximate Duration: 12 months
About Niagara Region
Serving a diverse urban and rural population of more than 430,000, Niagara Region is focused on building a strong and prosperous Niagara. Working collaboratively with 12 local area municipalities and numerous community partners, the Region delivers a range of high quality programs and services to support and advance the well-being of individuals, families and communities within its boundaries. Nestled between the great lakes of Erie and Ontario, the Niagara peninsula features some of Canada's most fertile agricultural land, the majesty of Niagara Falls and communities that are rich in both history and recreational and cultural opportunities. Niagara boasts dynamic modern cities, Canada's most developed wine industry, a temperate climate, extraordinary theatre, and some of Ontario's most breathtaking countryside. An international destination with easy access to its binational U.S. neighbour New York State, Niagara attracts over 14 million visitors annually, as well as a steady stream of new residents and businesses.
Reporting to the Manager Community Planning, the Senior Planner is responsible for project management leadership for a wide range of planning and policy issues in both an urban and rural context, preparing reports on a wide range of more complex and politically sensitive projects, issues and proposals.
Leads and supports a variety of corporate strategic initiatives to implement Council’s Strategic Priorities.
Provides independent expert opinion evidence and testimony at tribunals such as the Ontario Municipal Board.
- 4 year post-secondary degree in Planning from a CIP accredited planning program.
- Master’s degree in Planning from a CIP accredited planning program preferred.
- A minimum of seven (7) to ten (10) years of progressively responsible, relevant municipal planning experience.
- 2 years supervisory experience.
- Full membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners in good standing.
- Registered Professional Planner accreditation in good standing.
- Sound knowledge of the Planning Act and Regulations, Provincial policies, plans and guidelines, Regional Official Plan, Growth Management, Regional and Local planning policies, infrastructure planning and environmental assessments.
- Knowledge of project management norms and practices.
- Ability to lead the procurement of consultants, management of consultant’s work and staff, and financial accountability for project budget for consultant assignment.
- Computer applications experience with MS Office (Word, Excel, Access, and Power Point), MS Outlook, MS Project or other Project Tracking Systems.
- Qualified as an expert in planning to provide independent professional opinion before tribunals such as the Ontario Municipal Board.
- Knowledge of and seven (7) years experience with specialized planning studies such, but not limited to, as archaeology, noise, agricultural impact assessment, traffic impact studies, site servicing studies, minimum distance separation from agricultural operations, hydrogeological studies, environment and natural heritage (creeks, streams, forest, lakes, birds, bees, Species at Risk etc).
Leads and manages the development of more complex and politically sensitive land use and community planning policy, designing planning policy process, undertaking specialized research on planning issues from problem identification to implementation planning.
- Identifies key issues and researches and analyzes priorities on planning policy, such as growth management, natural heritage, infrastructure, economic development, aggregates, and agriculture.
- Define problems and identify viable options and possible solutions.Relate activities in one area to others and assess potential for the integration of ideas. Integrate diverse ideas, issues and observations into a simple, clear and useful analysis and/or presentation resulting in an independent professional opinion report/letter/document.
- Leads major initiatives using best practices in planning and project management and recommending defensible decisions.
- Project manages issues relative to Niagara Region’s policy role, ensuring technical work is scoped to include all issues from problem identification to implementation planning.
- Effectively manages and engages stakeholders in complex issues.
- Consults, liaises and coordinates comments of Regional Departments on technical work, legislation, issues, new plans and guideline documents.
- Contributes to the development of department strategies, policies and objectives.
- Prepares and presents reports to Standing Committee and Council for approval and implementation.
- Prepares and gives expert independent planning opinion at OMB hearings and other types of hearings. Attends review meetings with Region’s legal counsel to provide background information on litigations, attending pre-hearings and other legal hearings, resulting from planning studies and applications as required. Provides advice to legal counsel during hearing.
Supervises the policy planning customer facing team responsible for customer service to local municipalities and applicants.
- Manages the activities and performance of project staff, providing work direction, assigning tasks, determining methods and procedures to be used, resolving problems, and ensuring project deliverables are achieved and timelines are met.
- Manages the work of project teams (could include staff teams, community advisory teams, Council committees/advisory groups, task forces), monitoring quality of work and services provided and ensuring deliverables are met.
- Manages contract staff activities, monitoring quality of work and services provided and ensuring deliverables are met.
- Provides technical expertise, advice and guidance to support project activities.
- Assists the other departments with their work program, providing expertise and planning consulting for their projects.
- Provides planning or technical assistance to other departments.
- Undertakes duties of Manager during absence and as requested.
- Develops consultation and engagement plans for review of proposed regional policy with internal/external stakeholders, area planners, community organizations, and other agencies (NEC, NPCA, MAH).
- Implements consultation plans to ensure all stakeholders are incorporated into process.
- Identifies and addresses issues raised by stakeholders including response to stakeholders.
Leads review of specialized policies, guidelines and standards to ensure conformity with the Regional Official Plan, provincial legislation, federal legislation, and provincial plans under the Ontario Planning Act. Assesses and analyzes these matters to develop recommended implementation through the Regional Official Plan, Regional policies, guidelines, standards and programs.
- Advises on additional specialized expertise research required based on knowledge and experience on planning policy, legislation, standards and circumstances in Niagara Region.
- Reviews terms of reference for specialized expertise research to ensure key issues are addressed, and quality and conformity of work, signing off on adequacy of specialized expertise.
- Provides specialized comments to internal and external stakeholders as well as applicants on planning policy, interpretation of policy and implementation of policy.
Represents Niagara Region administrative departments (Planning and Development Services, Public Works, Public Health) on Technical Committees (e.g. Source Protection Committee State of Aggregate Resource Committee).
- Maintains liaisons and partnerships with area planners and staff of relevant agencies.
- Conducts public meetings and open houses, analyzes input, identifies and recommends revisions/changes/updates.
Provides functional guidance to staff and contractors, providing work direction, assigning tasks/projects, determining methods and procedures to be used, resolving problems, and ensuring results are achieved.
- Manages specialized consultants (planners, urban designers, scientists, engineers, economists, etc.) on policy planning projects.
- Provides guidance and support to Planners and the Planning and Data GIS Administrator and other Division staff relating to land supply, growth management, data and information management relating to policy performance and growth indicators.
- Must possess and maintain a valid and unrestricted specified license for the class of the vehicle operated.
- Must maintain ability to travel in a timely manner to other offices, work locations or sites as authorized by the Corporation for business reasons.
- May be required to support emergency operations under the incident management structure, at the direction of the Emergency Operations Centre Director
- Regional staff strive to enable the strategic priorities of council and the organization through the completion of their work. Staff carry out their work by demonstrating the corporate values of service, honesty, choice, partnership and respect
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We thank all candidates for their interest however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
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