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Development Planner

Job Type: 
Town of Okotoks
Job Description : 

People who visit and live in Okotoks often comment on how beautiful the scenery is – the mountain views are majestic and the Sheep River valley is at the heart of where we play. They love that Okotoks is just 15 minutes south of Calgary and a short drive to Kananaskis Country. Okotoks has gained a reputation as an award-winning community, recognized nationally for our commitment to sustainability and to organizational excellence. With a new Municipal Development Plan, a focus on Economic Development and Sustainability the community will grow substantially over the next 60 years. These are exciting times for Okotoks as we envision and plan for our future, while we remain committed to maintaining the enviable lifestyle our residents enjoy. The Town requires forward thinking professionals to assist in taking the Town to the next level in provision of service and streamlining expanded daily operations.

A challenging career opportunity is available for an innovative, results oriented individual. The Development Planner will effectively coordinate processes associated with development permit, certificate of compliance and land use bylaw amendment applications, among other duties. This includes formulation of professional recommendations, administration of Development Agreements, ensuring compatibility of planning proposals with relevant provincial legislation and regulations and municipal statutory plans, and undertaking special project research or policy document preparation as required. This role acts as Development Officer for the Town of Okotoks as prescribed in the Town of Okotoks Land Use Bylaw and Municipal Planning Commission Bylaw.

The successful incumbent has a degree in Planning or a related discipline, along with a minimum of 2 years related experience, including working in a municipal environment. An equivalency of education and experience may be considered. Membership in the Alberta Development Officers Association and/or Alberta Professional Planners Institute is required. Advanced public relations, written and oral communication skills are required. Candidates must possess a comprehensive understanding of the planning process, Land Use Bylaw and other statutory plans and their applications.

JOB TITLE: Development Planner
CLASSIFICATION Professional - Level 3
REPORTS TO: Planning Services Manager
BUSINESS UNIT: Development Services – Planning

Development Planners are responsible for efficiently and effectively processing and considering all development related submissions (Land Use Amendments, Development Permit applications and related engineering, landscaping, lighting plans, Development Completion Certificates etc.) received by the Town from clients within the parameters of the Municipal Government Act, Municipal Development Plan, Land Use Bylaw, area structure plans, outline plans and other Town policies and practices.


  • Planning Services - As an authorized Development Officer under the Land Use and MPC Bylaws, review, analyze, conduct site inspections and approve development related submissions, or present them, along with recommendations, to the appropriate approving authority. Attend Council, MPC, or SDAB meetings as required regarding development related issues. Investigate Land Use Bylaw complaints and take the necessary enforcement action, including compliance follow-up on conditions and amendments according to Land Use Bylaw and Town practices. Review and approve Certificates of Compliance including variance requests and encroachment/amending agreements. Provide information on general inquiries and assistance to applicants. Conduct all activities according to OH&S and Town standards.
  • Other Responsibilities - Coach and mentor co-workers as required. Stay current with legislative and industry changes to traditional practices. Complete special projects as required.

A Land Use Planning Certificate. A degree or diploma in Planning is an asset. Eligibility for membership in the Alberta Developers Association.

2 years directly related experience, preferably in a municipal environment.

Strong oral and written communication, multi-tasking and priority setting skills. Focus on customer service. Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite.

Closing Date: 
June 20, 2021
Application Return: 

Resumes will be accepted until June 20, 2021. For further details on this position and to apply online, please visit our website at www.okotoks.ca. 

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.