Planner II

Requisition ID: 5482 


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Main Purpose and Function

The Planner II will coordinate and manage rezoning applications and land use and policy initiatives in downtown.


The successful candidate will have extensive experience in managing complex rezoning files, leading community engagement, evaluating proposals, communicating complex ideas and working with interdisciplinary project teams to facilitate timely and effective approvals of this high priority stream.


Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the evaluation and processing of complex and controversial rezoning applications by applying knowledge in policy areas related to the Vancouver Downtown Planning Division including Official Development Plan, community plans, policy statements and rezoning policies.
  • Works under the guidance of the Assistant Director of Planning (Downtown Division) and a Senior Planner and collaboratively with other staff including those in other City departments. Is expected to exercise independent judgement in planning and executing technical functions under general supervision of the Assistant Director and/or Senior Planner.
  • Leads junior staff and consultants teams related to specific projects.
  • Engages directly with applicant teams and members of the community utilizing strong interpersonal, public engagement and communications skills. This is central to this role.
  • Responsible for managing specific work programs, including defining and implementing a comprehensive public engagement component and liaising on a regular basis with the applicants.
  • Report writing, meeting facilitation, and giving presentations to other staff, management, City Council and the public.
  • 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, combined with experience in coordinating staff, leading planning programs and policy projects.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in planning, with a preference for candidates with rezoning experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Eligibility for membership in the Canadian Institute of Planning.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • The candidate must be able to work independently and participate successfully on work teams and with the public, and to complete assignments using sound professional techniques and judgement.
  • Considerable familiarity with the rezoning process is required. This should include experience in writing reports summarizing complex issues and making sound recommendations.
  • Considerable knowledge of City policies and guidelines, public consultation, land use issues, site planning, urban design, community amenity assessments, transportation, affordable housing, sustainable development and real estate economics is essential, as is a solid understanding of the City of Vancouver’s approach to securing public benefits.
  • Working knowledge in all policy areas related to the Vancouver Downtown Planning Division including Official Development Plans, community plans, policy statements and rezoning is preferred.
  • Demonstrated teamwork, facilitation, project management and communications skills, together with considerable skill in collaborative decision making, negotiation, interest-based problem solving, and demonstrated ability to achieve multiple program objectives within defined timelines are essential.
  • Successful experience in dealing with diverse interest groups is also desirable.
  • Ability to develop planning policies, regulations and guidelines.
  • Ability to lead and/or facilitate public consultation processes.
  • Ability to facilitate problem solving among diverse and competing interests.
  • Demonstrated research and analysis skills.
  • Demonstrated initiative and independent judgment in dealing with a variety of people and situations.


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

Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks 

Employment Type: Temporary Full Time 

Position Start Date: October 2017 

Position End Date: July 2018 

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-031: $46.88 to $55.46 per hour


Application Close: October 22, 2017

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