Planner 1 – Bowen Island Municipality

15 July 2023

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Planner 1


Position Title:                           
Planner 1 – Permanent Full-Time Position

Planning Department

Position Summary:                 
Under the direction of the Manager of Planning and Development, the Planner 1 is responsible for select development applications, planning inquiries, and supporting the Manager of Planning and Development.

Supervision Received:
Manager of Planning and Development

Salary Range:                            
$41.88 – $45.76 hourly

Other Benefits:                       
Eligibility for enrollment in the Municipal Pension Plan and extended health & dental plan; access to engaging staff & community working group opportunities; internal training and development. Semi-remote work options may be arranged.

Date Revised:                           
July 2023


  1. Processing development applications and other applications related to the Planning Department as requested by the Manager of Planning and Development.
  2. Responding to and tracking planning inquiries and follow-up.
  3. Supporting the Planning Technician in the development of support materials, building permit review, inquiries, and special projects as needed.
  4. Working with the Planning Technician/Planning Clerk on developing and updating planning application materials.
  5. Preliminary research and analysis on a variety of projects as requested by the Manager of Planning and Development.
  6. Support engagement and research for Council Strategic Initiatives, as requested.
  7. Material development and facilitation support for community engagement.


  1. Review, evaluate and process development permit applications, development variance applications and inquiries, and single lot re-zonings. Includes development permits, development variance permits, zoning applications, and temporary use permits.
  2. Develop and present Council and Board of Variance reports on various applications and Planning projects.
  3. Develop presentations for various committees and address their project inquiries.
  4. Be the primary point of contact for public inquiries to the Planning Department.
  5. Support the Planning Technician by responding to inquiries and assisting/approving building plan reviews as needed.
  6. Conduct Planning-related comparative research and analysis for special projects and Island wide plans, as directed by the Manager of Planning and Development.
  7. Support engagement efforts, the Planning department, and other departments as needed in preparing graphic, GIS and informational materials.


  • Be self-motivated and comfortable with a wide variety of duties related to the planning function.
  • Be comfortable working in a supportive and capacity building role.
  • Polite, courteous and patient Planning-related customer service skills.
  • Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to deal with people in a professional manner.
  • Possess a working knowledge of Provincial legislation regarding land development and be well versed in land use planning principles and practices.
  • Possess extensive knowledge of planning theory and practice with a strong knowledge of community-based processes.
  • Possess a good working knowledge of computers and ArcGIS software.
  • Possess good organizational skills; ability to prioritize and manage multiple duties with deadlines.
  • Be familiar with current trends pertaining to leading edge planning initiatives (for example: town planning, rural planning, transportation planning, sustainable planning, main street revitalization, food security, watershed-based planning).
  • Able to attend various committee meetings, public information meetings or other events as needed.


  • Valid BC Class 5 Drivers License preferred.
  • A minimum of an undergraduate degree in Community Planning (Urban, Regional, etc.) accredited by the Canadian Institute of Planners; or an undergraduate degree in a subject related to planning (e.g. Geography).
  • At least two years planning experience, preferably in local government, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience with development permit review would be an asset.
  • Meet eligibility requirements for membership in the Planning Institute of British Columbia.


  • Work in the Planning Department at the Municipal Hall. Work hours are 8:30-4:30, five (5) days per week. May be required to attend some evening/weekend meetings upon request. Hybrid remote work may be arranged by mutual agreement with the Manager of Planning and Development.
  • All terms of employment are outlined in the BIM Personnel Policy and the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Policy:

This job description reflects the general duties considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job identified and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all work requirements that are inherent in the job.