Principal Planner

Regional Municipality of Peel

Job title: Principal Planner

Company: Regional Municipality of Peel

Job description: Principal Planner

Public Works – Development Services

Contract Full-Time, Duration: 13 Months

Reporting to the Manager, Development Services, the Principal Planner is to be an expert and resource for Council, management, and staff in planning related matters that impact Peel Region.


  • Manage complex planning applications. Review, and circulate applications, prepare and coordinate comments with respect to Regional requirements, conformity to the Regional Official Plan and Provincial interests on complex development applications including Official Plan amendments, re-zonings, site plans, plans of subdivision and condominium, Niagara Escarpment Development Permits and Plan amendments, Parkway Belt amendments and road closings
  • Consult with area municipalities, developers, planning consultants, property owners, legal counsel, the public, the province, and other agencies in these reviews
  • Review and prepare expert opinions on interpreting policy with respect to Local Official Plans and the policies of provincial legislation and the Official Plans of adjoining municipalities as to their impact on the implementation of the Regional Official Plan
  • Prepare written and oral reports/briefings and make recommendations to Regional Council as well as giving presentations to or responding to questions from members of Regional Council
  • Provide professional advice/opinions in areas of expertise at meetings with the Regional Chairman, members of Peel’s Executive Leadership Team, senior staff from other municipalities, conservation authorities, provincial ministries, regional departments, legal counsel and the public/stakeholders
  • Assist manager in assigning and balancing workload, providing support to junior staff and expediting priority, large scale and challenging files
  • Identify the need for and benefits of process improvements, protocol and procedural changes and planning policy changes and lead the development of these items in consultation with the Development Services Management Team
  • Input and maintain data in the Regional development application tracking system.
  • Conduct site inspections and outside office research as necessary
  • Represent and defend the Region’s planning policies and interests at the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal (LPAT) and other tribunals
  • Negotiate and advocate as spokespersons representing the Department at Regional Council, LPAT pre-hearings, inter-regional initiatives, and intra-regional initiatives
  • Chair and participate in internal corporate committees and external committees making decisions with considerable impact on the delivery of services
  • Provide direction regularly and allocate work to Planners, Junior Planners, Administrative staff, contract staff, and summer and co-op students
  • Performing other duties as required


  • Successful completion of a Master’s degree or a Planning degree, will consider a related field plus expert knowledge and further specialization
  • Areas of specialization could include environmental management and ecosystem planning, resource management, policy planning, social planning, demographics, economics, statistical analysis, systems design, modeling, database design, Geographic Information Systems, urban and rural policy, and planning law
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a responsible planning position
  • Collaborative mindset with ability to work within a team setting
  • Full membership of OPPI/CIP is required
  • Working knowledge of GIS and its applications to Planning
  • Excellent communication, analytical, problem-solving and computer skills required

Location: Due to Covid-19, most of our offices are currently closed to protect the health and safety of our employees, clients and community. As such, this position will be required to work remotely for an undetermined period. Once our offices re-open you will report to 10 Peel Centre Dr in Brampton.

Hours: 35 Hours per week; Monday-Friday

Interview: Our recruitment process will be completed with video conference technology.

If this opportunity matches your interest and experience, please apply online

About Us

The Region of Peel serves more than 1.4 million residents and approximately 173,000 businesses in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. We deliver a wide range of resident focused services across the Region.

Our 20-year vision for Peel is “ .” Our goal is to create a place where everyone enjoys a sense of belonging and has access to the services and opportunities needed to thrive in each stage of their lives. Our outlines the work we’re focused on to bring this vision to life.

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Additional Information

At the Region of Peel, we respect diversity and treat one another in ways that are fair, courteous and compassionate, recognizing everyone’s contributions. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to establishing a qualified workforce that is reflective of the diverse population we serve. The Region of Peel is committed to providing accommodations throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodation please notify us and we will work with you to meet your needs. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals; however, only those under consideration will be contacted.

Please be advised, the Region of Peel uses email to communicate with their applicants for open job competitions. It is the applicant’s responsibility to include an updated email address that is checked daily and accepts emails from unknown users. As we send time sensitive correspondence via email (i.e. testing bookings, interview dates), it is imperative that applicants check their email regularly. If we do not hear back from applicants, we will assume that you are no longer interested in the position and your application will be removed from the competition.

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Location: Ontario

Job date: Wed, 09 Sep 2020 22:07:01 GMT

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