Who are we?
Credit Valley Conservation is one of Ontario’s 36 conservation authorities dedicated to protecting, restoring and enhancing our local natural environment. We care for the Credit River, its streams and tributaries from the headwaters in Orangeville to the shores of Lake Ontario in Mississauga. We are scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, environmentalists, stewards, planners, foresters, recreation experts and much more. We create connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. We inspire appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. We’re leaders and explorers. We are professional and we’re inspired. We know our stuff, and we work every day to make a difference.
Who are you?
You want to be part of an organization with an environmental goal. You get up every day and go to work with purpose. You accept that you may not change the world, but you’ll try to make an impact in your corner. You like to partner with skilled people across many professions. It’s as natural for you think about the outdoors as it is to think out of the box. You’re passionate, responsible and approachable. You do what’s right, not just what’s easy. You care, and it shows.
Why work for us?
We offer competitive public sector pay. We have a good employee benefits program. We’re members of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) pension fund. We have flexible work hours for many positions. We find time to have fun and celebrate successes. You’ll have free access to our parks and discounts on recreational equipment rentals. You’ll know your co-workers by name and will make fast friends. You’ll like being at work.
Summary of Functions
Reporting to the Senior Manager of Planning, this position will provide and maintain excellent client service in the determination, coordination and reporting of appropriate corporate interests related to plan review development applications within a geographic jurisdiction. This position involves providing plan input review to Provincial and Municipal long range planning initiatives, policies and strategies. Interdepartmental advice and input on land use matters is also a responsibility of this role.
- University degree in Land Use / Environmental Planning or a related field
- Membership in OPPI and R.P.P. designation is preferred
- 3 years municipal and/or environmental planning experience and applied computer knowledge.
- Experience in a Regulation or permitting process preferred. Sound knowledge of the Planning Act, Conservation Authorities Act and Environmental Assessment Act
- Demonstrated ability in providing a solutions-oriented approach using ingenuity, creativity and effective communication, negotiation and problem-solving skills when evaluating and coordinating the review of development applications
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well with people (staff and clients)
- Fluency with MS Office Suite (Excel, Word, Project PowerPoint)
- Strong project management and time management capabilities, with excellent client relation skills
- Advanced writing and report organization abilities with a proven ability to prepare comprehensive documentation that is of a high, professional quality for issuance to consultants, municipal partners, and the public
- Ability to read and interpret construction plans and drawings
- Liaise with the team to ensure work meets or exceeds client/stakeholders’ expectations and department standards
- Actively participate in a team environment, sharing technical knowledge and learning from others
Summary of Major Tasks
- Review Planning Act applications of varying scales submitted by member municipalities, such as Draft Plans of Subdivisions, Official Plan Amendments, Zoning By-Law Amendments, Site Plans, Severances, and Minor Variances, and provide CVC comments in response based on interpretation and application of CVC, Municipal, and Provincial legislation and policies related to land use control
- Coordinate internal technical review of development applications and provide a written response based on technical recommendations
- Coordinate and chair meetings both in office and onsite, with internal and external clients to facilitate the review process
- Conduct site inspections to identify and assess site characteristics and constraints to development
- Review external agency development applications such as applications made pursuant to the Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act, the Building Code Act, and applicable Municipal By-Laws affecting development / site alteration
- Provide expert advice for consideration by planning staff of member municipalities and applicants during pre-consultation committee meetings on planning matters related to CVC policies, Municipal environmental policies, and Provincial policies regarding natural hazards and natural heritage protection
- When necessary, appear before applicable tribunals and appeal boards to provide expert testimony in support of CVC positions and decisions on individual applications
- Review municipal long range planning policies such as Official Plan and Secondary Plan updates and amendments and provide CVC comments in response to assist in developing proactive and sound policies that will ensure the long-term protection of life and property from shoreline and watercourse related natural hazards and ensure the protection of natural features and areas
- Engage in provincial initiatives and provide comments to guide the creation of policies that ensure protection of natural heritage resources based on the intimate knowledge of the local sub watershed.
- Coordinate internal technical staff review of the proposed long range planning policy updates and amendments and provide CVC comments based on technical recommendations
- Review other provincial and municipal strategies and initiatives affecting land use and provide CVC comments in response to ensure all areas of interest to CVC are satisfactorily addressed.
- Provide input at technical steering committees, when necessary, associated with various provincial and municipal strategies
- Attend meetings with internal and external clients to facilitate the review process
- Review applications for development, interference with wetlands and alteration to shorelines and watercourses in the Authority’s Regulated Areas and provide CVC comments based on interpretation and application of CVC planning policies and Ontario Regulation 160/06
- Issue permits pursuant to Ontario Regulation 160/06 and based on satisfactory review of application submission
- Provide expert advice and support to internal CVC staff and their respective departments on aspects of their program areas that overlap with the planning process and land use control in general
- Provide input at internal steering committee meetings involving land use matters on behalf of department and/or in geographic area under individual planner’s jurisdiction
- Coordinate and provide comments on behalf of department on internal studies affecting land use in geographic area under individual planner’s jurisdiction
- Provide information and advice to watershed residents, general public and prospective property purchasers, developers, etc. regarding various CVC policies and programs affecting land use control and how they are applied
New employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as defined by the Ministry of Health as a condition of employment and must have satisfied the full post vaccination period required to ensure vaccination efficacy. The requirement to be fully vaccinated is subject to the Ontario Human Rights Code. If you are not fully vaccinated, a documented medical reason provided by a physician or registered nurse and time period for the medical reason may be accepted.