City of Duncan

Manager of Planning (18 Month Term Position)
Posting Date: 
February 6, 2018 - February 27, 2018

The City of Duncan invites applications from candidates with the proven skills, qualifications, and abilities for the position of Manager of Planning for 18 months beginning mid-March 2018.


Duncan is small, in a Big way. Just a few hundred metres off the Highway (about 60 kilometres north of Victoria) you'll find 300 shops and services in a few beautiful walkable blocks lined with 40 world renowned totem poles. Within minutes of downtown are 5 golf courses, 15 wineries, lake and ocean waterfront, world class trails, cultural amenities, and all forms of indoor recreation. This compact city offers high quality living and acts as the commercial centre of a trading area serving a population of approximately 80,000 people.


Reporting to the Director of Public Works and Development Services, the successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing the planning, building, licensing, and development functions for the City of Duncan. The incumbent will supervise two employees in a department consisting of planning, building and fire inspection and bylaw enforcement activities pertaining to land use. The Manager of Planning is responsible for current and long-range planning processes involving matters requiring specialized knowledge and skills in processing of development applications, neighbourhood plans, public engagement, administration of the Official Community Plan and other City plans, bylaws, policies, programs and projects.


Necessary skills and qualifications include:

  • A University degree in land use planning;
  • Minimum five years of management related experience in local government land use planning and development control, with preference given to BC experience;
  • membership or eligibility for membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners and PIBC;
  • a strong working knowledge of BC legislation, regulations, legal frameworks, and procedures that regulate planning, development, and subdivision;
  • Ability to strategically coordinate and supervise a small work force of technical staff/contractors.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgement in meetings and dealings with surrounding localgovernments, First Nations, the Province, committees and other groups;
  • Ability to effectively engage the public for neighbourhood planning projects
  • Ability to develop and prepare policy proposals, define problem areas, determine research methods, analyze and evaluate data, and prepare comprehensive reports;
  • Knowledge of land development processes, techniques, servicing, construction practices, urban design principles, market conditions and financing strategies;
  • Ability to perform all duties under minimal supervision when necessary.


You are invited to submit your resume, covering letter and 3 references, by 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 27, 2018 to the attention of Human Resources at


This excluded position offers a wage rate commensurate with your qualifications and experience. A detailed job description and required qualifications are available on the City of Duncan website (


We thank all applicants, but only those being considered for interviews will be contacted.

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