Planner 2 (Policy Planning) – City of Richmond

18 July 2023

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The City of Richmond is a diverse and dynamic community in pursuit of our vision
to be the most appealing, livable and well-managed community in Canada.

People l Excellence l Leadership l Team l Innovation

Imagine a career with the City of Richmond, a dynamic environment for growth and continuous improvement, fostered by our collective strengths and creativity. We are a vibrant, diverse cosmopolitan city, supported by a strong economy and recognized as leaders in innovation and service delivery excellence. The City of Richmond is committed to be the most appealing, livable, well-managed community in Canada, a goal that is only made possible by developing our most valuable asset – our people. This is a great opportunity to join our team and shape our community.

Planner 2 (Policy Planning)

Reporting directly to the Director, Policy Planning, the Planner 2 coordinates, prepares and implements comprehensive 2041 Official Community Plan (OCP) bylaws and policies, manages studies and consultants, and provides support to advisory committees (e.g., heritage, environmental, agricultural). Work performance is evaluated in terms of demonstrating a professional results-oriented, customer service attitude and providing high quality research, options, analysis, recommendations, report writing, editing, customer service, team building and workload management with minimal supervision.

Examples of key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Protecting the City’s community planning interests by coordinating the implementing and preparation of OCP and Area Plan bylaws, policies and solutions (e.g., coordinating land use, sustainability, housing, transportation, infrastructure and park interests).
  • Evaluating and/or processing complex land use development applications which may include heritage (e.g., Heritage Alteration Permits), environmental (e.g., Environmentally Sensitive Area Development Permit), or agricultural related (e.g., Non-Farm Use) applications.
  • Review and provide advice on complex development applications (e.g., multi-family rezonings, Development Permits, DP Variances, subdivisions)
  • Applying and preparing OCP urban design guidelines.
  • Supporting City advisory committees (e.g., heritage, environmental, agricultural).
  • Representing the City’s community planning interests (e.g., at Council, Planning Committee, Advisory Design Panel, Public Hearings, government agency meetings).
  • Effectively managing comprehensive work programs, staff teams, budgets and consultants.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Knowledge of Canadian and BC community planning theory, practice and trends.
  • Ability to co-ordinate and provide a wide range of community planning policy research, analysis, options and recommendations, with minimal supervision, in a matrix management system.
  • Ability to process a high volume of complex development applications (e.g., re-zonings, Development Permits, Development Variance Permits, subdivisions,).
  • Experience in any of the following could be considered an asset:
    • Municipal, Heritage Conservation
    • ESA policies with development applications reviews and with riparian and other ecological policies and reviews
    • Agricultural policies and related applications (e.g., non-farm use)
  • Experience liaising with advisory committees to Council
  • Ability to prepare, interpret and apply urban design guidelines.
  • Ability to communicate professionally (e.g., write and edit complex reports, speak publicly).
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, government agencies, clients and the public with courtesy, tact and discretion.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel.
  • Ability to use REDMS or a similar Records Management System.
  • Ability to successfully clear a Police Information Check.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • A Master’s Degree in Community Planning or related field (e.g., Architecture, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture).
  • A minimum of five (5) years of related professional experience with community planning principles, practices and procedures.
  • Considerable experience in coordinating, preparing and implementing OCP and area bylaws, plans, policies and design guidelines; processing development applications, supporting advisory committees, and writing and editing professional reports.
  • Experience in sustainability, environmental planning, riparian area management, urban economics, and urban design is considered an asset.
  • An equivalent combination of education, training and experience may be considered.  
  • Eligibility or membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) and Planning Institute of B.C. (PIBC) is required. 
  • Valid Class 5 Driver’s Licence for the Province of British Columbia.

The City of Richmond offers a competitive pay and benefits program, attractive incentives and a compressed work day schedule. If you are looking to make a difference, and to share our vision “to be the most appealing, livable, and well-managed community in Canada,” please submit your application by following the instructions below:

The City of Richmond uses an applicant tracking system for candidates wishing to view and apply for available career opportunities. For further information regarding position details and to apply, please visit our website at

We are accepting applications until August 16, 2023

The City of Richmond is an inclusive employer committed to employment equity objectives and invites applications from all qualified individuals. We thank all applicants in advance for their interest; however, only those under consideration will be contacted. If you are unsuccessful, please accept our appreciation for your interest. No telephone inquiries please.
This position is restricted to those legally entitled to work in Canada.