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					CITY OF PETERBOROUGH
JOB DESCRIPTION

JOB TITLE:           Assistant Planner                   EFFECTIVE DATE:          February 2012


DEPARTMENT:          Planning & Development              JOB CLASS:               7



MAIN PURPOSE:
To undertake independent research, provide options and recommendations for land use planning policies and
special studies, and support public consultations on a number of policy initiatives such as the Official Plan
Review, Growth Plan conformity exercise and the new Central Area Master Plan. Specific emphasis of this
position includes support in the development and implementation of a new Official Plan Policy related to the
Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and the Central Area Master Plan. Undertake detailed
statistical research and use GIS applications to monitor the City’s achievement of City and provincial planning
requirements and objectives.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Undertake independent research of approaches to planning taken in the current Official Plans in other
   municipalities, as well as summaries of past and current legislation/directives (e.g. Planning Act, Places to
   Grow, Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, Rental Housing Protection Act, Bill 51, and the
   Provincial Policy Statement.)
2. Research, prepare and report on options and strategies for land use planning policies and actions on a
   variety of strategic land use, growth management and community planning issues such as: density targets,
   infill, housing, intensification studies and residents/jobs per hectare requirements; minimum affordable
   housing targets, range and mix of tenure type; alternative housing forms: secondary suites, group homes,
   rooming and boarding homes, modular and mobile homes; controls on rental demolition and conversion to
   condominium; fast track approvals for planning and zoning decisions; residential parking, frontage and lot
   size requirements.
3. Support public consultations by developing and maintaining content for the City’s website,
   preparing/assembling consultation documents, maps using GIS software, technical background reports,
   presentation material, supporting logistics and organization of public meetings in addition to delivering
   presentations at public meetings.
4. Act as a technical staff resource to various advisory committees, community groups/agencies, members of
   the public and other City departments.
5. Play a supporting role in the development and implementation of new planning policies including Central
   Area Master Plan strategies, such as the Community Improvement Plan, creating and recommending
   neighbourhood plans for distinct residential areas, and Growth Plan conformity requirements.


EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE/SKILLS TRAINING

Requires an individual who has a 3 year University Degree in urban planning, geography or related discipline
with 1-2 years’ previous and on-the job experience in a planning environment. Membership in Canadian
Institute of Planners (CIP) and/or Ontario Provincial Planners Institute (OPPI) would be considered an asset.
Advanced knowledge of G.I.S. applications to land use planning and presentation software. Sound knowledge
and understanding of municipal planning, residential development, provincial planning policies and governing
legislation (e.g. Places to Grow, Provincial Policy Statement and the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden
Horseshoe and detailed Statistics Canada census data. Must have the ability to read and understand
municipal Official Plans, maps and conceptual drawings.
Must possess problem solving and team skills; oral and written communication skills; the ability to work within
deadlines; the ability to effectively coordinate the work of others; the ability to function in a computerized
environment including an advanced knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, project management
presentation, G.I.S. (e.g. GEOMEDIA) and database software; the ability to work in a unionized environment;
ability to establish effective working relationships with all internal and external stakeholders including planners,
staff from other municipalities, members of the public. The incumbent must have a creative/innovative focus
on service delivery; a commitment to continuous improvement; a respect for the diversity of opinions,
perspectives and ideas; and be comfortable with changing priorities and demands. Must be able to work
independently under minimal supervision.
                                JOB EVALUATION RATINGS

JOB:    Assistant Planner                DEPARTMENT:        Planning & Development


DATE:   February 16, 2012                DIVISION:          Planning


GROUP: CUPE 126                          JOB CLASS:         7


1. Knowledge gained by formal
                                      3 year university degree in urban planning, geography or
   EDUCATION and previous       7
   training                           related discipline



2. Knowledge gained by                Up to 2 years combined previous and on-the-job experience in
   EXPERIENCE
                                5
                                      planning environment.



                                      Analysis of data applied to the solution of specific problems.
3. COMPLEXITY OF DECISION       4
                                      Wide range of standardized slightly complex procedures.



4. SUPERVISORY
   RESPONSIBILITY
                                A0    No supervisory experiences



                                      Variety of methods and procedures and required. Employee
5. INDEPENDENCE OF ACTION       4     usually works alone and chooses approach and methods to be
                                      used.


6. CONSEQUENCE OF ERROR               Actions results in some loss of time or resources and may
   AND ACCOUNTABILITY
                                2
                                      affect the work of others to make necessary corrections.



                                      Tasks involve use of some reasonably confidential data and
7. CONFIDENTIALITY              2
                                      information but there is little opportunity for disclosure.



                                      Contacts are a key responsibility of the job. Contacts involve
8. CONTACTS                     4
                                      submitting reports and making recommendations.



9. MENTAL & PHYSICAL EFFORT
   & PHYSICAL SKILL
                                B2    Regular computer use.



10. WORKING CONDITIONS          2     Office environment.

				
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