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Planner II (City Wide & Regional Planning, Regulation Policy)

Requisition ID: 12450 


The City of Vancouver is striving to become the greenest city in the world, and a city powered entirely by renewable energy before 2050. We are proud to be one of BC's Top Employers, Canada's Best Diversity Employers, and one of Canada's Greenest Employers. With employees that have helped Vancouver consistently rank as one of the world's most livable cities, the City values a diverse workforce which represents the vibrant community we so proudly serve.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.


Main Purpose and Function

The City-Wide and Regional Planning Division is responsible for leading and supporting a broad range of complex land use and regulation policy initiatives.  The Planner II is a key member of the Regulation Policy team, conducting professional planning and policy development work.  The successful applicant will undertake a range of duties with a focus on land use/zoning reviews and city-wide by-law and policy development. In this role, the Planner II will work closely with staff in other divisions within Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability and other City departments to draft/amend regulations and policies. This position will involve both managing work programs and supporting teams on diverse projects such as Regulation Redesign, Housing Vancouver Strategy, Parking By-law updates and Healthy City Strategy.


Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Prepare regulations and amendments to the City’s Zoning & Development By-law, city-wide by-laws and policies.
  • Scope, prepare and manage work programs involving in-depth research, analysis and preparation of recommendations involving major policy changes.
  • Provide support and advice on appropriate regulatory and policy tools to other divisions within Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability and City Departments on projects with a city-wide scope.
  • Establish collaborative working relationships among staff work groups and departments to assess and consider impacts of new regulations and policies on existing by-laws, policies and processes.
  • Liaise with, coordinate and synthesize inputs from other divisions within Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability and other City Departments.
  • Exercise considerable judgement, professionalism and diplomacy.
  • Develop and implement public engagement and consultation processes.
  • Prepare and present complex reports to staff, the public, City Council, advisory groups and committees.
  • Represent the City to outside agencies, delegations, and other external functions.
  • Supervise staff and manage consultants as required.
  • Performs other duties/responsibilities as assigned.



Education and Experience:

  • University graduate degree in Planning or related university degree with experience similar to the duties required, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Extensive and progressive municipal experience at a professional level (minimum of 2 years of experience, 5 years preferred); or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated experience with municipal regulations, the City’s Zoning & Development By-law and other related by-laws, land use policies and guidelines plus a broad knowledge of City services, programs and processes.
  • Demonstrated research and analytical skills and proven ability developing planning policies, zoning, regulations and guidelines. 
  • Proven communication skills in effectively presenting information and preparing reports.
  • Ability to design and lead public consultation processes, and to facilitate problem solving among diverse and competing interests. 
  • Ability to work independently, to participate successfully on teams and to supervise staff.
  • Experience in developing work programs and leading and managing complex planning projects within a prescribed time frame.
  • Demonstrated initiative and independent judgment in dealing with a variety of people and situations.


Membership or eligibility for membership in the Canadian Institute of Planning is desirable.


Business Unit/Department: Planning, Urban Design & Sustainability (1275) 

Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks 

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Position Start Date: July, 2019

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-031: $48.78 to $57.70 per hour


Application Close: June 2, 2019

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.  

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