Job Summary

A Planning Technician, which may also be called CADD/GIS Technician/Analyst, is a paraprofessional work. The Planning Technician devotes a significant amount of time on routine administrative and design/drawing tasks. Successful Planning Technicians may be asked to perform professional-level (Assistant Planner) duties of limited complexity.

Typical Functions

  • Provides technical assistance and information to staff and the public in the administration of specific planning programs areas or ordinances
  • Reviews building plans and zoning permit applications to assure compliance with requirements such as use, bulk, placement, and parking ratios
  • Develops and maintains automated tracking systems, hard copy files and records
  • Prepares narrative staff reports and recommendations of limited complexity, such as special use permits and variances
  • Researches and compiles information on a variety of planning issues from multiple sources
  • Prepares public notices or property owner verifications
  • Prepares maps, charts, tables of limited complexity
  • Investigates violations of planning regulations and ordinances, including site visits
  • May attend evening and/or weekend meetings for Committee/Council meetings, public meetings and client meetings


Required Education, Skills and Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

The Planning Technician level generally requires, at a minimum, the completion of an associate’s degree in urban planning, architecture, construction management, social sciences or related field. Two years of experience in plans review, zoning administration, building code issuance of surveying is also required. A bachelor’s degree is preferred and may substitute for two years of experience.

Typical Skills

  • Oral communication and interpersonal skills to explain rules and procedures clearly to the public
  • Problem-solving skills to gather relevant information to solve vaguely defined practical problems
  • Ability to review plans and apply provisions of the ordinances and codes to determine compliance with such regulations and to apply regulations to field conditions
  • Ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously
  • Ability to work independently or in a team environment as needed

Company Profile
Aplin Martin is a multi-disciplinary consulting firm with offices in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. We are looking for a Planning Technician to join our Surrey City Central Planning team in Surrey, BC. This is a full-time position and an excellent opportunity to work in a friendly and supportive environment.

Job Type: Full-time

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