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City of Victoria

Senior Planner – Housing Development

Employer/Organization: City of Victoria

Closing: October 24th 2023 4:30 PM PST


Competition #23/208

Internal/External Posting

Closing date: October 24, 2023


Senior Planner – Housing Development (Continuous)  

Sustainable Planning and Community Development Department



Perform functions related to facilitating delivery of affordable housing projects that meet the City’s strategic objectives by implementing City policies and programs, guiding City investments in land, encouraging partnerships, and liaising with a range of housing providers and developers.


Develop strategies and analyses to enable the City to focus its policies, programs, regulatory tools and investments in land, to deliver affordable housing projects.  Identify the segment of the housing market where public investment is most required.  Enable the City to enter into partnerships with private, public and non-profit partners to initiate projects. 

Develop effective grant and incentive programs enabled by legislation to catalyze housing development and achieve other desirable civic benefits through housing projects. 

Support the City in the identification, assessment and progression of land opportunities to deliver affordable housing projects, and help determine appropriate level and scale of investment, housing type and form, and levels of financial support required.

Liaise and build relationships with a range of public and non-profit housing industry representatives to facilitate new housing projects that deliver affordable residential units in Victoria.

Support development negotiations involving affordable housing for consideration of bonus density.  Regularly monitor and evaluate the City’s Inclusionary Housing policy as part of adaptive management.  Update the policy annually to ensure rates and targets remain aligned with market conditions.  Track and monitor affordable units created.

Oversee consultant selection processes, manage project budgets and guide project contractors.

Provide advice and recommendations to Council and make presentations.  Represent the department at external meetings.  Develop public education and communications on affordable housing need.

Perform related duties where qualified.


Work is generated by the City’s Strategic Plan, Victoria Housing Strategy implementation, departmental work programs, or assigned by supervisor. 

Work is reviewed through discussions with supervisor and department meetings.

New initiatives, major projects and policies are discussed with supervisor with recommendations.


Physical Effort:


Mental Effort:

Meet multiple deadlines. (occasional)

Short periods of intense concentration while preparing reports. (often)

Visual/Auditory Effort:

Focus on a variety of source data and computer for short periods. (often)

Work Environment:


Work irregular hours. (premium item)


Organize and prioritize work.

Understand and apply the principles of development finance and investment.

Understand the range of public and non-profit housing providers in the housing market and their respective roles.

Understand and apply the principles of project management.

Working level operation of current City word processing, spreadsheet and related specialty software.

Compose and present proposals.

Deal effectively with the public and outside agencies.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships, including public and non-profit housing industry representatives.

Represent the City to the public and outside agencies. 


Formal Education, Training and Occupational Certification:

University degree in Urban Planning, Urban Land Economics or related discipline. (4 years)


6 years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


May be requested to substitute in a more senior position.

Work schedule: Monday to Friday (35 hour work week)

$59.58 per hour, Pay Grade 19 

Job Code #4416

This is a CUPE Local 50 Position


To apply for this opportunity you will need to create an online profile or log back in to our career portal at - only online submission will be considered. All applications must be submitted online by 4:30 pm on the closing date noted on the posting. Please be prepared to provide proof of qualifications and supporting materials as outlined in your resume.

At the City of Victoria, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we serve. Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, LGBT2Q+ and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process.

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