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Community Planner

Community Planner

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Sustainable Planning and Community Development
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Competition #17/66

Internal/External Posting

Closing date: April 28, 2017


Community Planner

Sustainable Planning and Community Development Department (Continuous Term – up to two years)


An exciting opportunity exists as a Community Planner for a continuous term of up to two years. If you are a team player who is committed to providing excellent customer service and you are a proven problem solver - we would like to hear from you!



Perform planning functions related to development of urban policy and the preparation of city-wide and local area plans.



Coordinate the planning process, develop neighbourhood plans and land use policies for assigned areas including plan writing; provide advice and recommendations to senior staff and Council on planning policies, programs and initiatives, both in written reports and oral presentations.


Coordinate and perform planning research and analysis on a wide variety of qualitative and quantitative data (demographic, social, economic, environmental, urban development and planning data) using various methodologies related to key indicators, trends, forecasts, city-wide and local area plans and policy initiatives; undertake complex spatial analyses using GIS software and develop and analyze urban form models in a 3-D digital environment; develop policy options and recommendations for urban planning initiatives.


Organize public engagement events; lead and facilitate small group discussions at workshops, open houses and public meetings; make presentations.


Represent the Department at community and advisory group meetings and to outside agencies; provide advice and recommendations on policies, initiatives and programs; respond to enquiries from the public, outside agencies and other departments by providing information on City-wide and local area planning policies and processes.


Coordinate, assign and review the work of consultants as required.


Perform related duties where qualified.



Work is generated by departmental work programs and requests from Council, various internal and external sources and as assigned by supervisor.


Work is reviewed through meetings with senior members of project teams and with supervisor.

Issues such as deviations from policy and established procedure are discussed with supervisor.



Physical Effort:


Mental Effort:           

Short periods of intense concentration while preparing reports and recommendations. (Often)

Meet multiple deadlines. (Often)

Visual/Auditory Effort:

Focus on detailed spreadsheets, databases, digital models, drawings, maps and VDT for long periods. (Frequent)

Work Environment: 


Required to work irregular hours. (premium item)                                        



Organize and prioritize work.

Understand and apply the principles of urban planning.

Understand and apply the principles and methods of demographic, social, economic, environmental, spatial and urban development research and analysis to urban planning, strategic policy, and performance measurement.

Compose and present proposals and policies.

Interpret policies, legislation and regulations.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Deal with the public in a courteous and tactful manner.

Working level operation of current City word processing, spreadsheet and related specialty software including geographic information system (ARC GIS), 3-D digital form modelling, graphic design and desktop publishing considered an asset.



Formal Education, Training and Occupational Certification:

University Undergraduate degree in urban planning accredited by the Canadian Institute of Planners (4 years)

Current and valid Class 5 B.C. Driver’s License.


4 years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.



May be requested to substitute in a more senior position.


Work schedule: Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week, may include some evenings and weekends. (Continuous Term – up to two years)

$45.57 per hour, Pay Grade 17 (Under Review)

This is a CUPE Local 50 Position


All applications must be submitted to City of Victoria, Human Resources Department by 4:30 pm, on the closing date noted above.