City of Vancouver

Planner II (DTES)
Posting Date: 
May 16, 2018 - May 25, 2018

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Main Purpose and Function
The Planner II works as part of a planning team that is responsible for implementing the Area Plan and preparing policy, zoning and guidelines for area planning initiatives in the Vancouver-Downtown Division. This role is currently assigned to the Downtown Eastside area but may participate in other area planning throughout the Downtown.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

The successful applicant will be expected to coordinate an interdepartmental team of creative professionals and technical support staff in the preparation and implementation of the Area Plan and policies. The emphasis will be on the preparation of land use and built form policies and regulations as well as policies relating to urban design and amenity strategies. The position also plays a key role in the ongoing implementation of the DTES Plan, including the management of complex projects and programs.


This is professional planning position requiring the exercise of independent judgement and initiative in planning and executing technical functions under general supervision of the Senior Planner. The Planner II would be involved in a variety of tasks including:

  • Preparing and managing work programs
  • Supervising staff
  • Managing consultancies and project budgets
  • Report writing, including complex Council reports
  • Presenting complex material to staff, the public and City Council
  • Establishing collaborative working relationships with community organizations, businesses, residents, property owners, developers, and other stakeholders
  • Designing, attending and facilitating community events that could include community forums, workshops, and meetings (including weekday evenings and weekends)
  • Exercising considerable judgment and demonstrating professionalism, diplomacy, tact, and discretion
  • Analyzing a wide variety of supporting data and information to assist in the recommendation of planning policy, including land use, demographic trends, public benefit needs assessments, economic studies, and public surveys
  • Co-ordination and implementation of DTES Plan projects in conjunction with citizen groups, BIA’s, and non-profit organisations where necessary
  • Answering enquiries and corresponding with the public and other departments on matters related to projects, development, by-laws, and policies
  • Reviewing rezoning and development permit application proposals for the DTES
  • Consulting with and advising staff of other departments on matters related to major projects assignments and/or the DTES Plan
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned



Education and Experience:

  • A university masters degree in planning or a related discipline with extensive and progressive municipal experience at a professional level (minimum of 5 years experience)
  • Or an equivalent combination of education and experience


Knowledge Skills and Abilities


  • Applicants should be able to demonstrate suitable professional experience in the planning field, preferably from working in low-income, inner city communities. Preferably, applicants should have an understanding of complex socio-economic development issues related to housing, homelessness, community economic development, heritage and the impacts of development and change on vulnerable people
  • Familiarity with the diverse and multiple challenges of the Downtown Eastside communities, urban design and heritage issues, public consultation and managing consultant assignments would be preferred
  • Additional experience and knowledge of working with First Nations, Urban Aboriginal and/or Canadian Japanese communities would be strong assets
  • The applicant should have a broad range of experience developing and managing work programs and preparing policies and land use and built form regulations with demonstrated experience in preparing policies that involve interrelationships between transportation, job space, local economy, housing, the public realm, public services, and the environment
  • The applicant will demonstrate initiative and independent judgment in dealing with a variety of people and situations as well as be a leader who can develop teams and advance work programs within defined timelines
  • Qualifications also include experience developing and implementing a range of engagement processes to include a broad range of public and stakeholder groups
  • The applicant will have the ability to clearly communicate complex planning issues through Council reports and presentations and a demonstrated ability to deal with conflict
  • Demonstrated experience in urban design and area planning and the ability to produce and communicate with visual materials is desirable
  • Experience in processing rezoning and development permit applications is an asset
  • Applicants should have a working knowledge of the City's Land Use By-Laws, Official Development Plans and Policies (particularly in the Downtown area) plus a broad knowledge of City services, programs and processes


Membership or eligibility for membership in the Planning Institute of British Columbia is desirable.

Business Unit/Department: Planning, Urban Design & Sustainability (1275)

Affiliation: CUPE15

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Position Start Date: June, 2018

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-31: $47.82 per hour to $56.57 per hour

Application Close: May 25, 2018

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