Lethbridge County is a vibrant southern Alberta community, located only an hour from the Rocky Mountains and the U.S. border. It is an agricultural hub for Southern Alberta, and a strong driver and producer for the agriculture sector. Surrounding an urban center, this Pride of the Region offers quality country living and is home to over 10,000 residents.
Lethbridge County is seeking a full-time, permanent Development Planner to join our team. Reporting to the Supervisor of Planning and Development, this position is responsible for processing development applications and agreements, providing interpretation, explanation and guidance to members of the public, developers, landowners, Administration, Council and related Boards. In consultation with the Supervisor of Planning and Development, the Development Planner is also responsible for suggesting changes, interpretation and enforcement of the Land Use Bylaw. Duties shall be performed in accordance with applicable provincial regulations, statutory and non-statutory regulations and County policy.
Key Responsibilities Include:
Performs the duties of Development Authority as stated in the Municipal Government Act.
Communicates professionally and in a timely manner with landowners, developers and other interested parties regarding development and planning processes and queries.
Reviews Development Permit Applications and approves or refuses Development Permits with conditions or reasons for refusal.
Prepares all notices and advertisements required for the processing of development permits and other planning matters.
Assists in the processing of Land Use Bylaw Applications and other Bylaws as required.
Guides the review of Real Property Reports submitted to the County and issues Compliance Certificates reflecting the status of the property’s compliance with the County’s Land Use Bylaw.
Prepares and presents information on Development Appeals and attends Subdivision and Development Appeal Board hearings.
Presents to County Council, boards, and committees as required.
Conducts inspections with regards to development approvals to ensure work is undertaken and completed in accordance with approved plans.
Ensures that Development Permit recipients obtain all required building, electrical, plumbing, gas and private sewage permits from the County’s contracted Safety Codes Officers in accordance with the County’s Uniform Quality Management Plan.
Regularly liaises with contracted Safety Codes Officers in the building, electrical, plumbing, gas and private sewage disciplines.
Investigates complaints and takes appropriate enforcement action with regards to the Land Use Bylaw.
Works with Communications on drafting education/ informational articles.
Actively participates in Lethbridge County’s Health and Safety Program.
Acts in any role that may be assigned by the County’s Emergency Management Team which includes participating in appropriate training and working in the Emergency Coordination Centre as required.
Performs other duties as assigned by the Supervisor of Planning and Development.
Post-Secondary degree or diploma, preferably in a related field such as Land Use Planning, Geography or related field.
Preference will be given to candidates with a minimum two years of relevant work experience.
Experience in Municipal Government is an asset.
Knowledge of Part 17 of the Municipal Government Act and familiarity with the interpretation and application of Land Use Bylaws.
Knowledge of land development and building processes and activities.
Ability to communicate effectively verbally, graphically and in writing with all stakeholders.
Exceptional time management and organization skills.
Excellent customer service, interpersonal and problem-solving skills.
Ability to maintain confidentiality regarding department and municipal matters.
Working knowledge of ArcGIS is an asset.
Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office software products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
Valid Class 5 driver’s license, in good standing.
Incident Command System (ICS) training would be an asset or must be completed within six (6) months of employment.
Lethbridge County offers a competitive compensation package, supports professional development opportunities and provides an engaging work environment. This full-time position works a 35-hour work week, Monday through Friday 8:30-4:30 with a 1-hour unpaid lunch break. Consideration will be given to the option of a flexible work schedule, if requested.
To apply for this exciting opportunity, please send your cover letter and resume to Human Resources no later than noon on Monday, April 11, 2022. Shortlisted candidates may participate in pre-employment screening to validate skills and be required to provide a satisfactory criminal record check and 5-year drivers abstract.