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Senior Planner


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Senior Planner Chestermere, Alberta


We have an excellent opportunity for a Senior Planner to join the City of Chestermere, AB. This is a progressive municipality that is growing and transforming rapidly and prides itself on innovation and continual improvement.

As a member of the Development and Infrastructure Services team, this position provides vision, strategic leadership and functional management of the current and long-range planning functions and management of projects in support of the municipality’s overall operations and development.


The City of Chestermere is located east of Calgary in the province of Alberta, within Rocky View County. With a population of approximately 20,732, and its large park and entertainment zone which includes a golf club, a large recreation center, and facilities for boating, Chestermere provides an inviting lifestyle in a beautiful setting that has made the City of Chestermere a welcoming and growing place in which to live, work and play.

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  • Management of current and long-range projects
  • Oversight of inter-municipal planning processes
  • Design, implementation, and continuous improvement of the City’s statutory planning framework
  • Oversight of the analysis and review of development proposals and applications
  • Provide planning advice to staff, developers, and the general public
  • Development services, e.g., Development Permit advice, counsel, processes, collections, research
  • Inspection and enforcement of development conditions, Land Use Bylaw and supervision of inspection and enforcement of safety codes.
  • Provide management, supervision, leadership, and consultation to subordinate supervisors and staff, ensuring that staff are given appropriate latitude for creativity within the bounds of accountability, e.g., recruitment, selection, compensation and retention, staff scheduling, performance management, evaluation and development, mentoring and coaching.
  • Provide staff with opportunities for training, career development, and execute a succession planning strategy.
  • Build cohesive subordinate teams, e.g., provide opportunities so that team members know of and value each other’s expertise and skills, foster an environment where staff assume responsibility for each other’s professional development and growth, provide opportunities for staff to work across programs to optimize the use of resources and achieve results, encourage a passion for their work and a sense of team.
  • Represent the Development and Infrastructure team and act as a model the desired values, attitudes, skills and behaviors that contribute to a safe, ethical work environment and healthy team functioning, often in the role of a champion of change.
  • The Planning and Development Services Manager is responsible for monitoring and reporting the financial and operational activities of their department aligned to their Business Plan, and for exploring potential partnerships, efficiencies and funding sources that might serve to enhance the services offered by the municipality.
  • Provide strategic, technical, project, management, municipal and business expertise and advice in the conceptualization, development, implementation, monitoring, and continuous improvement of subordinate areas:
    • Management of current and long-range projects
    • Oversight of inter-municipal planning processes, e.g., Tri-Administrative Team, Chestermere/Rocky View Intermunicipal Development Plan, Inter-municipal Circulations
    • Design, implementation and continuous improvement of the City’s statutory planning framework, e.g., Subdivision approvals, permit issuance
    • Oversight of the analysis and review of development proposals and applications, e.g., Area Structure Plans, Municipal Plan, Land Use Bylaw amendments, rezoning requests, Land Use Plan amendments, variance applications, building permits, Subdivision and Development Appeal Board
    • Provide planning advice to staff, developers and the general public regarding legislative changes, legal matters and new developments, e.g., Corporate Leadership Team, Council, community consultation, address public inquiries, including complaints.
    • Development services, e.g., provide advice, counsel and administration of the Development Permit processes.
    • Development conditions monitoring and supervision of enforcement of all codes, e.g., building, electrical, plumbing and gas safety code inspections and enforcement; conduct field inspections, investigate complaints; contractor liaison.
  • Appropriate and responsible use of confidential information; maintains confidentiality and security of all information related to the City.
  • Demonstrates City values: A-C-T-I-V-E (Accountable, Connected, Transparent, Inclusive, Viable, Ethical).
  • Ensures a safe and healthy work environment for staff, visitors, the community, and stakeholders, e.g., participates in workplace safety initiatives, participate in formal and informal worksite safety and environment inspections and audits, ensures compliance with the City’s Health and Safety Management System, reports and assists in the analysis of near misses or incidents.
  • Participates as a member of the Chestermere Emergency Response team in preparing and enabling the community to respond in the event of a local or regional disaster.


  • University Degree in Planning or a related discipline.
  • 8 years of related and progressive managerial experience including financial and budgetary experience including at least 2 years of supervisory experience.
  • Previous experience in a municipal environment.
  • Full membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners (MCIP) and/or Alberta Professional Planners Institute (APPI).
  • Registered Planning Professional Designation (RPP).
  • Valid Class 5 Alberta Driver’s Licence and Drive’s Abstract deemed satisfactory by the City.
  • Criminal Record Check deemed satisfactory by the City.


  • Strategic, analytical, and creative thinking skills; ability to solve problems, make decisions, negotiate and deal effectively with people in difficult situations.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of governance issues, e.g., policy development and interpretation.
  • Excellent communication skills: ability to communicate effectively in written and oral form, maintain ongoing communication to anticipate and prevent potential problems, develop and maintain positive and effective working relationships with Council, staff, the public and other stakeholders.
  • Proven leadership and project management capability; ability to motivate staff towards constant improvement and encourage staff to make recommendations, coaching, mentoring, performance management and development.
  • Skilled advocate, balancing the needs of staff and stakeholders with the needs of the City.
  • Business acumen, including budget management skills, grant or contract management skills and the ability to make effective decisions that are well-informed and that reflect the input gathered from stakeholders.
  • Strong work ethic and highly motivated; ability to work in a fast-paced environment and respond to action requests and competing deadlines in a timely matter.
  • Proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook).


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