Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

Senior Planner
Posting Date: 
November 2, 2018 - November 30, 2018



Employment Opportunity:

Senior Planner


Want to work in an exciting environment with some of the most talented people in Canada?  Join our team and connect with your potential.


The Port of Vancouver is Canada’s largest and most diversified port, stretching along 360 kilometres of shoreline and waterways, bordering on 16 municipalities and intersecting with traditional territories and treaty lands of several Coast Salish First Nations. Annually $200 billion in goods with more than 170 world economies are traded through the port. The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority manages port lands at the Port of Vancouver, and leads the efficient and reliable movement of cargo and passengers.


Reporting to the Manager of Development, the Senior Planner is responsible for administering the port authority’s Project Review and Building Permit processes for large and complex projects; developing and implementing land use planning and policy initiatives that guide the future use and development of port lands; developing and leading stakeholder engagement and consultation processes related to the above; and, representing the port’s interests in land use policy initiatives undertaken by external agencies including local municipalities and Metro Vancouver.  Specific responsibilities include:


Project Review and Building Permit Processes  

  • For Project Permit applications:  Administers the port’s Project Review process for larger and complex projects.
  • Coordinates internal multi-disciplinary reviews as well as referrals to external agencies; assesses the merits of applications with respect to planning criteria and appropriate development standards; liaises with the applicant and their consultant; influences applicant in finalizing project submissions and supporting analysis to meet port requirements; develops recommendations regarding project approval, potentially including consideration by the Project Review Committee and its Chair; monitors compliance with permit requirements.
  • For Building Permit applications:  Liaises with applicants, their consultants and local municipalities, coordinates and oversees the review undertaken by the port’s building code consultants, prepares permit recommendations, monitors compliance with permit requirements and administers fees assessed to applicants.   Administers contracts with the port’s building code consultants.


Port Land Use Planning 

  • Conducts research and analysis and prepares reports related to optimizing the use and development of port land.
  • Leads and/or participates in interdepartmental teams in undertaking strategic planning and policy initiatives, including port-wide, local area and/or site specific plans.
  • Administers a procurement process to retain consultants as required and oversees their work to ensure deliverables are met on time and within budget.


Stakeholder and First Nations Engagement and Consultation (Project Review Process & Land Use Planning) 

  • Develops and implements, in collaboration with other port authority departments, comprehensive engagement and consultation processes involving a broad range of stakeholder groups including terminal operators and port tenants, local municipalities and community representatives as well as First Nations.
  • Prepares communication materials and develops key messaging for media and other audiences as well as delivering presentations to external audiences.


As the successful candidate, you have a degree related to urban planning along with a minimum of 5 years senior experience administering complex and controversial projects in land use and development planning, experience in leading consultation processes for large and complex projects, as well as eligibility for membership with the Canadian Institute of Planning.  Your outstanding interpersonal, organizational and communication skills, your strong orientation to customer service and your ability to work independently to achieve results set you apart from the rest. Experience in coordinating the review of rezoning and/or development applications in a local government, port authority, consulting firm or similar entity would be an asset.


The port authority offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including an Earned Time Off program.


If we have accurately captured your profile above, please apply on-line by visiting 

by November 30, 2018.


(Please note that this posting will remain active until the position is filled.)


 Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is dedicated to employment equity and a workplace reflective of the diversity of our community.


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