Senior Planner - Development Approvals

July 18 2023
Industries Public administration
Categories Project, Project management, Planning
Sudbury, ON • Full time

Section: Development Approvals
Division: Planning Services
Department: Growth and Infrastructure
Initial Reporting Location: Tom Davies Square

Job Status: Permanent position (succession planning)
Number of Vacancies: 1
Affiliation: Non union
Hours of Work: 70 hours bi-weekly
Shift Work Required: No
Range of Pay: Group 14 $3,995.60 to $4,700.50 bi-weekly
Training Opportunity Range of Pay: $3,630.20 to $4,273.50 bi-weekly. The successful candidate to a training opportunity will be paid at the reduced range until the minimum qualifications have been met.

The start date will follow the selection process.

This position is eligible to work remotely on a part-time basis.

This job is being posted as a Training Opportunity. Should there be no fully qualified candidate for this position, a candidate who can be expected to meet the required qualifications within a reasonable period of time may be considered for this position as a training/development opportunity.

Main Function: Senior professional planning responsibility in performing technical and planning work of an advanced and complex nature relating to subdivision, condominium, rezoning, Official Plan amendment, consent, minor variance and site plan control applications,.

Characteristic Duties: Under the general direction of the Manager of Development Approvals:

  1. Provide advice and assistance related to development approval application processes and public policy as contained in the Planning Act, CGS’s Official Plan and Zoning By-laws.
  2. Provide prompt, friendly and responsive customer service and problem solving outcomes.
  3. Provide information and consultative services to developers, investors, consultants and government agencies regarding proposed developments.
  4. Process and review the feasibility of Sudbury Planning Application Review Team (SPART) applications as part of a formal pre-construction process, including attendance at SPART meetings and preparation of Pre-consultation Understanding forms.
  5. Analyze the merits of subdivision and condominium plans, rezoning and Official Plan Amendments, consent and minor variance applications based on professional planning expertise and principles, Provincial and Official Plan policies, including the preparation and presentation of Staff reports and recommendations to Planning Committee on the applications.
  6. Confer with developers and applicants regarding development proposals and represent the Department and CGS at public meetings when necessary.
  7. Prepare zoning by-laws and Official Plan Amendments and ensure that these instruments are kept up-to-date.
  8. Perform special studies and analysis of development standards, requirements, methodologies and recommendations for implementation.
  9. As required, manage and co-ordinate consultants on special studies.
  10. Prepare reports and recommendations on other development matters.
  11. Confer with other CGS departments and other authorities on development matters and provide professional planning advice on the same.
  12. Prepare submissions to the Ontario Municipal Board/LPAT related to appeals of decisions, including determination of appropriate excerpts from Zoning By-laws and Official Plans.
  13. Provide professional planning testimony at Ontario Municipal Board/LPAT hearings as an expert witness, or in judicial proceedings related to municipal planning matters.
  14. Supervise technical staff with respect to development applications requiring technical support (e.g. mapping, data, graphics, agendas).
  15. As assigned, act as project manager for development project initiatives.
  16. As required, shall attend meetings of, but not limited to, the public, staff, council(s), tribunals, hearing bodies, etc.
  17. Perform and/or assist in other related duties as required, including the functions of the Community and Strategic Planning Section and as Secretary-Treasurer to the Committee of Adjustment and Consent Official.
  18. Develop and maintain a thorough working knowledge of CGS’s Safety Manual and the applicable Provincial Legislation listed therein.
  19. Perform other related duties as required.


Education and Training:

  • University Degree in Planning or a related discipline from a recognized University with Canadian accreditation.
  • Full membership or eligible for full membership in the Canadian Institute for Planners/Ontario Professional Planners Institute.
  • Additional education initiatives to update and expand competencies.


  • Minimum of six (6) years of planning experience.

Knowledge of:

  • Planning and development research, methodology and analysis.
  • Applicable legislation and related regulations.
  • Computer software and administrative systems in a Windows environment (e.g. files maintenance, word processing, presentation and spreadsheet applications, information input and retrieval, etc.).
  • Best practices within areas of responsibilities.

Abilities to:

  • Demonstrate provision of excellent customer service.
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills in dealing with staff, other Departments, Councillors, outside authorities and agencies.
  • Demonstrate ability to negotiate successfully regarding planning matters.
  • Respond quickly to emerging opportunities or risks.

Personal Suitability:

  • Mental and physical fitness to perform essential job functions.


  • Excellent use of English; verbally and in writing.
  • French verbal skills desirable.


  • May require the use of a personal or CGS vehicle on CGS business. Must be physically capable of operating a vehicle safely, possess a valid driver’s licence, have an acceptable driving record, and personal insurance coverage.

Leadership Competencies: Tactical Coordination and Direction (I)


Competency Definition


Level Definition

Shaping the Future


Take a creative approach to problems or issues, “think outside the box”, go beyond the conventional, and explore creative uses of resources.


Proposes innovative ideas

Judgment and Decision Making

Make sound decisions involving varied levels of complexity, ambiguity and risk.


Assimilates and interprets data to make competing decisions

Delivering Business Results


Work and communicate collaboratively within City of Greater Sudbury to create alignment within and across teams and groups.


Collaborates beyond one’s area

Customer/Citizen Focus

The desire to work closely with internal and external customers to meet and exceed their expectations.


Addresses underlying customer/stakeholder needs

Planning, Coordination & Execution

Plan and coordinate work to achieve desired results on a consistent basis.


Coordinates activities involving others within one’s team

Aligning People & Teams

Holding Self & Others Accountable

Hold others accountable to execute to high standards of excellence and hold themselves accountable to the same or higher standard.


Monitors performance and gives corrective feedback


Inspire others to work toward common goals by engaging and empowering them, and providing clarity and direction.


Optimizes team effectiveness

Enhancing Personal Effectiveness

Commitment to Continuous Learning

Continuously develop and enhance one’s own and others’ personal and professional skills, knowledge and abilities.


Models a learning orientation


Adapt and work effectively within a variety of situations, and with various individuals or groups.


Applies rules flexibly

Interpersonal Communication

Communicate effectively by reflecting on verbal and non-verbal behaviour, being attuned to the needs, perspectives and sensitivities of others and acting with them in mind.


Effectively uses empathy

Managerial Courage/Integrity

Acting with integrity, ensuring one’s actions are consistent with City of Greater Sudbury’s values and expectations.


Is publicly candid with the team, acting with integrity consistent with one’s beliefs

Leadership Presence

Develop and maintain a sense of presence and emotional maturity and have an inner confidence that one can succeed and overcome obstacles.


Demonstrates personal courage

For more information on leadership competencies, please see our Leadership Competency Dictionary.

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