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Planning & Subdivision Officer

Job Type: 
Policy / Planning / Research
Sturgeon County
Competition Number: 
Job Description : 

Position Type: Permanent Full-Time
Rate of Pay: $83,864 - $110,358 per annum
Hours of Work:  8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday
Competition Close Date: October 17, 2021

We are looking for an experienced Planning & Subdivision Officer who can work collaboratively with the Program Lead (Current Planning) in preparing reports on Municipal Development Plan, Area Structure Plan and/or Land Use Bylaw amendment applications, managing subdivision applications, working on special projects, and undertaking planning research/policy reviews as required. In addition to having a passion for Planning, the ideal candidate is someone who thrives in a role that requires agility and flexibility to successfully manage competing priorities and the desire to be a positive contributor to the overall success of the team.

Job Duties

Amendment and Subdivision Applications

  • Review applications for area structure/outline plans, bylaw amendments and subdivisions contained in the relevant municipal and provincial legislation (Land Use Bylaw, Municipal Development Plan, Area Structure Plan, etc.)
  • Prepare reports and/or plans, make recommendations, provide information and perform related duties on area structure/outline plans, bylaw amendment and subdivision applications.
  • Make presentations to the Subdivision Authority and appeal boards, advisory committees or Council as required.
  • Support customers in understanding and completing the application process for area structure/outline plans, bylaw amendment and subdivision applications.

Special Projects

  • Manage/contribute to departmental projects and the engagement processes that may be involved.
  • Prepare reports and/or plans, make recommendations, provide information, and perform related duties on abovementioned projects.
  • Develop and/or revise policies and regulations for County planning documents and, as required, prepare associated reports.
  • Undertake planning research as required.


  • Respond to inquiries from the public, developers, builders and other departments regarding current planning matters.
  • Develop and maintain a working knowledge of the Municipal Government Act, the Subdivision and Development Regulations, the County’s Municipal Development Plan, Land Use Bylaw and Area Structure Plans as well as other plans and planning studies.
  • Liaise and respond promptly in a positive manner to internal and external customer requests for information, or referrals on proposed applications.
  • Be available to collaborate with Development Officers to review development permit applications and requests for compliance certificates.
  • When required attend and/or represent the County on a variety of Steering Committees/Boards.
  • Adhere to applicable responsibilities and accountabilities as outlined in the Sturgeon County Health and Safety Management System.
  • Support a positive, proactive, innovative, professional, and customer-first culture in the department.

Job Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in Land Use Planning plus a minimum of two years relevant experience or Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline plus minimum of three years relevant experience.
  • Member or eligible for membership of the Canadian Institute of Planners considered an asset.
  • Must hold a valid class five driver’s license.
  • Strong legislative awareness including the Municipal Government Act and applicable provincial and federal statutes or regulations with the ability to comprehend and interpret legislative direction is an asset.
  • Strong understanding of community and land use planning in Alberta.
  • Ability to interpret, create, and/or explain various maps, plans, surveys, and similar planning illustrations.
  • Computer literacy and working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to diffuse difficult situations.
  • Flexibility to adapt to a demanding environment and maintain customer service standards.
  • Excellent customer service, organizational and time management skills coupled with strong business letter and report writing techniques.
  • Strong initiative, proactive planning, and time management skills and ability to respond to shifting workload(s) to meet deadlines.
  • The ability to work efficiently and effectively independently and in a multidisciplinary, team environment.
  • Ability to perform the duties of this position remotely with some office environment and municipal travel required from time-to-time.
Closing Date: 
October 17, 2021
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