As a result of our continued growth, we have an excellent opportunity in our Central City Surrey office for a Planner who enjoys working on a wide range of challenging and diverse community plans.

The position of Planner requires professional planning work of moderate difficulty. It is characterized by increasingly specialized knowledge of the planning field and a more elevated level of required duties and responsibilities compared with the Project Planner. The Planner is expected to be a PIBC member or eligible for membership, possess in-depth knowledge within one or more planning specialties such as economic development, master planning, development planning, urban design, or environmental planning. Planners receive somewhat less immediate supervision when compared to the Project Planner.

Typical Functions

  • Interprets and applies applicable local bylaws, ordinances and regulations;
  • Initiates actions necessary to correct deficiencies or violations of regulations;
  • Assists with updates and maintenance of Comprehensive Plan and land development regulations;
  • Conducts review of various development applications including surveys, permits, site plans, variance requests and rezonings;
  • Conducts extensive research in specific or general project areas;
  • Writes and presents formal and technical reports, working papers, and correspondence;
  • Identifies community problems, issues, and opportunities in particular neighborhoods that could be mitigated through better community planning;
  • Develops long range plans for communities with common developmental issues;
  • Develops strategies to promote economic and community development or efficient land use consistent with community goals;
  • Evaluates adequacy of community facilities in meeting current and projected needs;
  • Recommends priorities, schedules, and funding sources to implement public improvements plan;
  • Writes, or assists in writing, a variety of ordinances and regulations relating to development controls;
  • Preparation and/or attends substantial number of evening and/or weekend meetings for Committee/Council meetings, public meetings and client meetings.

Typical Knowledge

  • Well-developed knowledge of planning principles and practices;
  • In-depth knowledge of one or more planning specialization, such as economic development, transportation planning, or environmental planning;
  • Knowledge of principles, methodology, practices of research and data collection;
  • Knowledge of effective writing techniques;
  • Knowledge of or experience in community remediation and redevelopment, and knowledge of relevant Provincial programs;
  • Statistical, algebraic, or geometric knowledge and ability to apply such knowledge in practical situations;
  • Knowledge of computer hardware and software programs, which may include Microsoft Office, Internet applications, econometric or transportation modeling, database management, AutoCAD, GIS or mapping software.

Typical Skills

  • Oral communication and interpersonal skills to present research findings to various boards and committees;
  • Creative problem-solving skills to gather relevant information to solve less well- defined practical problems;
  • Ability to review plans and apply provisions of the bylaws and regulations to determine compliance with such regulations and to apply regulations to field conditions;
  • Group facilitation skills for use with community workshops;
  • Ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously;
  • Ability to work independently or in a team environment as needed;
  • Ability to attend to details while keeping big-picture goals in mind.

Minimum Qualifications

The Planner level requires a bachelor’s degree in addition to 3 years of planning experience. A master’s degree in Urban Planning or Economics is preferred. MCIP Certification or ability to obtain certification within a reasonable period of time is required.


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