Do you want to be a part of a different kind of local government? We are a diverse, collaborative, and eager team that knows it can be done better and we are doing it! We started by listening to our citizens to get their vision of our community in 50 years and the creativity flowed from there. Wetaskiwin is a collaborative and inclusive place where we can examine our current state; share ideas for making things better; and turn these ideas into actionable plans.
Council’s Strategic Plan has us exploring ways to sustain a strong economy, stay safe, focus on community, and the environment, while the City’s Corporate Business Plan prioritizes a people first philosophy. Our values are Trust, Resourcefulness, and Integrity. We cultivate well-being, through our team’s dedication to building positive, trusting, and fulfilling relationships, and we serve the community by partnering in capacity building to cultivate positive relationships which enhance the overall wellbeing of our community.
Located only 35 minutes south of Edmonton and 55 minutes north of Red Deer, the City of Wetaskiwin provides all the amenities and quality of life of an urban-rural center.
Reporting to the General Manager of Municipal Services, the Planning and Development Manager is responsible for managing the City’s long-range planning framework and overseeing the day-to-day regulatory aspects of development to ensure the orderly, economical, and beneficial development and use of land within the city.
This position manages the City’s planning documents, including the Municipal Development Plan, Area Structure/Redevelopment Plans, Outline Plans, and Land Use Bylaw, and ensures that they are up to date, in line with best practices and the City’s needs, and compliant with higher legislation. The Manager shall ensure that all parties are informed and consulted where necessary, including Council, the public, other City departments, or other government agencies.
Key Responsibilities Include:
Support the management of all adopted statutory and non-statutory planning documents to ensure they are current, consistent, and publicly accessible.
Be a corporate resource for interpretation and advice on planning policy in support of projects by other City departments and to the Planning & Development department on development applications and special projects; and
Facilitate public, corporate, and political education and awareness building with respect to adopted planning policy.
Oversee the processing of development permit, subdivision and rezoning applications, ensuring that all processes are conducted in compliance with the Municipal Government Act and City bylaws and policies.
Prepare documentation for presentation to City Council.
Attend Council, Subdivision and Development Appeal Board, or other committee meetings as required.
Recruit and coach employees; provide ongoing performance feedback and training opportunities, participate in succession planning, address performance management concerns, and conduct formal performance evaluations.
Ability to foster a strong team-oriented environment in which respect, trust, open communication, and accountability are paramount Lead employees using the community 50-year vision as a guide.
Operates the department within approved operating budget restraints and assists in the preparation of the annual budget
Education, Qualifications, and Work Experience
Postsecondary degree in land use planning or related discipline.
An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
Membership or eligibility for membership with the Canadian Institute of Planners
Project Management training and experience would be considered an asset.
Valid class 5 driver’s license.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Working knowledge of applicable federal, provincial, and municipal legislation, including but not limited to the Municipal Government Act, Subdivision and Development Appeal Boards, etc.
Develop, interpret, implement, and manage the local Municipal Development Plan, Land Use Bylaw, planning policies, area structure plans, off-site levy bylaw and organizational policies and procedures.
Working knowledge of principles and practices of urban and rural planning and development.
Ability to interpret and implement federal, provincial, and municipal legislation.
Must be proficient with Microsoft Office and standard desktop publishing applications.
Familiarity with GIS mapping tools and programs.
Working knowledge of map reading and navigating throughout the municipality.
Must possess political acuity and maintain a high degree of confidentiality.
Ability to make verbal presentations to governing bodies, decision making boards/commissions and public sessions.
The City of Wetaskiwin is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and encourage applications from all qualified individuals.
The personal information submitted pursuant to this advertisement will be utilized for this Employment Opportunity only and is subject to compliance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Applicants are thanked in advance for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.