• Senior Planner, Development

    Job ID
    # Positions
    External Closing Date
    Planning and Regulatory Services
    Development Planning
    Closing Time
    4:30 pm EST.
    CAD $89,540.00/Yr.
    Posting Type
    CAD $105,333.00/Yr.
    Job Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    2 Positions: 1 Full time and 1 Contract (March 2019 to March 2021)


    Reporting to the Manager, Development - Site Plans, the Senior Planner processes, evaluates and manages complex development applications by applying independent, advanced level professional land use planning knowledge, expertise and opinion to Town Council while protecting the public interest.  In this position, you will:

    • Assess development application submissions for completeness, accuracy, and for conformity with the Town's Official Plan and other policy documents, as well as, facilitate resolutions to outstanding issues and questions of all stakeholders as appropriate
    • Present staff reports and recommendations to Council, the applicant and the general public
    • Present pre-submission meeting development proposals to the Development Application Review Committee (DARC); respond to planning related general enquires by phone, email and in-person as required
    • Act as the team lead on various division-led studies and initiatives and act as the primary resource and division representative for various department and corporate-led studies and initiatives
    • Train new staff and mentor junior planning staff
    • Prepare expert advice and provide direction and staff reports for Committee of the Whole and Council
    • Provide evidence as an expert witness



    Your university degree in Urban Planning or a related discipline is complemented by a minimum of 5 years of planning experience in progressively responsible positions in the planning environment. Full membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners and/or the Ontario Professional Planners Institute, or equivalent, is also required. You demonstrate Richmond Hill's corporate values of care, collaboration, courage, and service. You possess:

    • Knowledge of planning and municipal government related legislation, policies and principles
    • Political awareness of all levels of government
    • Research, analytical and problem solving skills
    • Project management skills, conflict management and resolution skills, negotiation and facilitation skills
    • Proficient with MS Office Suite, Adobe, OnPoint, Palis, OCE Web, ABC docs
    • Critical and strategic thinking
    • Experience reviewing and evaluating a broad range, type and complexity of development applications
    • Experience interpreting planning documents, and preparing reports and planning instruments
    • Experience defending planning opinions before Council and the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal (formerly the Ontario Municipal Board)
    • Proven written and verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate with honesty, openness, respect and trust
    • In addition, you must possess a valid Ontario Class "G" Driver's License, and have access to a vehicle for use on corporate business (mileage compensated).  You will be required to provide proof of vehicle insurance upon hire.

    We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those under consideration will be contacted.


    The Town of Richmond Hill is committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes.  If contacted to participate in the recruitment and selection process, please advise Human Resources if you require an accommodation.



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