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Development Officer

Job Type: 
Town of Innisfail
Job Description : 

General Accountability:

The Development Officer is responsible for the processing of development permits and day to day implementation of the Town’s Land Use Bylaw as well as assisting the Director with the activities and responsibilities of the Planning and Development Department.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Works with other departments for the provision of information and services, including home occupations and business licensing compliance and bylaw enforcement.
  • Keeps and maintains for public inspection a copy of the Land Use Bylaw and all statutory and non-statutory plans approved by Council
  • Inspects for and ensures compliance with the requirements of the Land Use Bylaw
  • Responds to requests for planning information and compliance certificates
  • Refers matters to the Municipal Planning Commission for its consideration in accordance with the Land Use Bylaw and provides administrative support for all MPC meetings, decisions and functions
  • Prepares all notices and advertisements required for the processing of development permits
  • Liaises with developers, builders and the general public on matters related to the Land Use Bylaw, development and building and general planning matters
  • Maintains up to date information on general planning topics, development and building statistics and development processes for the Town, general public and applicants.
  • Coordinates the provision of the Safety Codes permitting and services with SCO’s, maintain the Town QMP including responsibility for Safety Codes auditing.
  • Liaises with contracted Safety Codes Officers in the building, electrical, plumbing, gas and fire disciplines
  • Provides information about planning regulations and options for compliance inspecting and investigating land use related issues to maintain a safe community and enforcing violations through warnings, tickets and orders to ensure compliance with bylaws, polices and procedures.
  • Assists with the administration of implementation efforts and programs such as the Town’s Façade and Storefront Improvement Program
  • Assigns civic addresses and administers the civic addressing system in accordance with Town policy
  • Assists with land sales, marketing and inquiries regarding the purchase and/or lease of Town property
  • Assists with special projects and other priorities assigned by the Director
  • Manage both hard copy and electronic filing of land file documents
  • Educating property owners and citizens about responsible development practices, permitting and land development processes and requirements.
  • Active participant in the Town’s Health and Safety Program
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Director
  • 35 hour work week with occasional work required in evenings for committee meetings and public consultation activities

Competencies & Behaviors

  • Ability to successfully communicate (verbally, graphically and in writing)
  • Good time management and organization skills
  • Ability to manage multiple assignments and work independently to successfully complete assignments
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work independently and in a team setting
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office software products (word, powerpoint, excel, email)
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Valid driver’s license


  • A Diploma or Degree related to land use planning, landscape architecture, geography, urban studies or a related diploma or degree.  A combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Two years directly related experience or 3-5 years of related work experience
  • Experience in the municipal sector is an asset
  • Knowledge of Part 17 of the Municipal Government Act and familiarity with land use bylaws
  • Knowledge of land development and building processes and activities
Closing Date: 
March 16, 2018
Application Return: 

The Town of Innisfail offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and an excellent benefits package.  Qualified applicants are invited to submit their resumes in confidence to:

Town of Innisfail

Attention: Erica Vickers, Finance Coordinator

4943 53 Street, Innisfail, Alberta, T4G 1A1

Email:    erica.vickers@innisfail.ca