The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) was established in 1959 under the Conservation Authorities Act and serves approximately half a million people in the Niagara Peninsula Watershed, encompassing the entire Niagara Region and portions of the City of Hamilton and Haldimand County. The NPCA strives to manage the impact of human activities, urban growth and rural activities on the watershed, which includes some of the most sensitive and unique natural areas in Niagara. These lands are held in public trust, allowing the people of Niagara to enjoy its distinctive natural heritage at 41 Conservation Areas, each offering diverse recreational and educational opportunities and a place to experience nature’s beauty.
Summary of Duties
The Watershed Planner is responsible for coordinating, analyzing and reviewing various development applications (including Planning Act, Conservation Authorities Act-NPCA Regulations Permits (Ontario Regulation 155/06), Niagara Escarpment Planning Development Act and other related legislation) as they relate to Conservation Authority and Provincial regulations and policies. This role works with various other technical staff in gathering information to aid in the development application process.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Performs initial screening potential Permit and Regulations applications and guides proponents through the NPCA development application process
- Reviews Planning Act applications, coordinating comments by technical staff if required and provides comments in relation to NPCA Policy, O Reg 155/06 and relevant Provincial Policy to municipalities on various application types (ex. Official Plans, Plans of Subdivision, Plan Amendments, By-law amendments, Minor Variances etc)
- Undertakes field inspections related to Development Applications as necessary
- Issues formal response on the NPCA’s position on development applications
- Attends multi-disciplinary and/or multi-agency steering committees as well as Council meeting, and Pre-Consultation as an NPCA representative as required.
- Provides expert testimony at LPAT hearings, Environmental Appeal Board etc as directed.
- Degree from a recognized University in Planning, Geography or a related field
- Member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) would be a great asset
- Three years’ experience in a planning environment with an understanding of municipal and provincial planning processes
- Working knowledge of relevant legislation and development policies such as the Conservation Authorities Act, Planning Act, Provincial Policy Statement, Provincial Plans and Official Plans
- Strong attention to detail and analytical skills
- Proficient use of Microsoft Office and GIS software
- Experience in the use of CityView would be an asset
- Excellent customer service skills
- Valid Class G driver’s license
Location: NPCA Main Office – 250 Thorold Rd, Welland with travel within the watershed
Salary Range: $34.19 – $40.22/hr (35 hours/week – 2020 rate)
Application Deadline: Monday, June 15th – 9:00AM
Application deadline: 2020-06-15
Job Type: Permanent
Salary: $34.19 to $40.22 /hour
- Company Pension
- Dental Care
- Extended Health Care
- Vision Care