Planner II – City of Port Alberni

6 July 2023

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City of Port Alberni 

Planner II

The City of Port Alberni is a vibrant community of over 18, 000 people. Located centrally on Vancouver Island, Port Alberni is a well-serviced municipality that offers residents affordable west coast living, as well as proximity to oceanfront, lakes, rivers and mountains.
We are currently looking for a Planner II to join the City’s planning team. Reporting to the Manager of Planning, the successful applicant is responsible for undertaking a wide variety of long range and current planning assignments as well as administering the City’s OCP Bylaw, Zoning Bylaw and Development Permit Area guidelines.


  • Review and process development applications including OCP and zoning amendments, development variance permits, and development permits
  • Coordinate long range planning projects
  • Review, revise and develop long range plans and policies
  • Conduct studies on a wide variety of land use, urban growth, environmental sustainability and community livability trends, opportunities and initiative
  • Support the implementation of the City’s Official Community Plan
  • Work closely with the public, stakeholders, developers, external agencies and other departments to provide support on planning and development issues;
  • Present development applications to City Council, the Advisory Planning Commission, and other committees
  • Be creative and use sound judgment in making planning recommendations
  • Coordinate various development-related initiatives

Qualifications & Experience:

  • A graduate degree in Urban Planning, Urban Design, Geography or Landscape Architecture, with a minimum of five years of related planning experience in a municipal setting; an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be considered
  • Membership or eligibility for membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Planning Institute of BC
  • Good working knowledge of site planning, urban design, and community planning practices as well as planning legislation and applicable bylaws and subdivision control provisions and requirements
  • Demonstrated proficiency using various computer applications including the MSOffice Suite, graphics and database software and Adobe. GIS experience would be an asset
  • Excellent report writing, research, analytical, problem-solving and presentation skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, customer service and organizational skills
  • Possession of a valid Class 5 BC Driver’s License

The rate of pay for this position is $41.80 per hour and includes a full benefits package. In addition, this position works a flex- day schedule.

Interested candidates may apply by forwarding a resume and cover letter, including copies of your qualifications, by 4:30pm on July 28, 2023:

Attention:         Human Resources
By mail:            City of Port Alberni, 4850 Argyle Street, Port Alberni, BC V9Y 1V8
By email:

We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and advise that only those selected to be interviewed will be contacted.