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Site Development Planner (C1451)

by City of London

Reference #: COL00669-2197
Position Type: Full-time
Location: London, Ontario
Date Posted: Jan 13, 2022
City of London

Job Description

Summary of Duties

Reporting to and under the direction of the Manager of Development Planning, the Site Development Planner reviews and processes site plan applications, associated drawings, and prepares planning reports, and determines compliance with the relevant by-laws and guidelines; determines compatibility with Corporate Planning documents including the Official Plan and design guidelines; reviews input from other Service Areas and public agencies; addresses deficiencies or conflicting inputs, liaises with applicants, landowners, municipal staff, members of municipal council, and agencies; and prepares approval packages and/or Development Agreements between the Corporation and landowners for execution.

Work Performed

Process and evaluate site plan consultations and applications: Applies policy knowledge and physical planning expertise to ensure that development conforms to Provincial land use policies, the Corporation’s Official Plan and Zoning By-law; reviews applications for completeness, circulate liaisons, and prepare recommendations for Site Plan Control Approval, considering input received from Service Areas and public agencies, in accordance with Council policies, by-laws and design standards, Provincial legislation and other relevant guidelines. 


Review and process applications for concurrent site plan and condominium applications; prepare conditions of draft approval to address required site improvements and security; conduct site inspections, as required, and confirm how the conditions of draft approval have been fulfilled.


Process Planning Act applications such as Official Plan amendments, and/or Zoning By-law amendments as assigned by the Manager.


Sign off on site plan and zoning conformity for Building permit applications, identify required minor variances, and meet with applicants to address and resolve zoning and site design issues.


Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other civic employees, politicians, and applicants or landowner/consultants using principles of good customer service.


Undertake analysis to determine potential policy and technical issues and deficiencies associated with submitted site plans within prescribed timelines and recommend potential solutions.


Prepare Development Agreements that reflect and implement requirements in the Site Plan Control By-law and the input received from other Service Areas and public agencies, and review estimates for performance security.


Process and evaluate landscape plans and tree preservation reports, consider associated site grading and drainage plans, and identify required modifications. Advise applicants and staff on the suitability of professionally prepared landscape plans.


Provide the Manager, Development Planning, senior management and staff with specific information and recommendations concerning Site Plan Control matters and dispute resolution; review and comment on Site Plan matters for applications processed by other areas of Development Services or other Service Areas (e.g., site-specific re-zonings and removal of holding provisions).


In the absence of the Manager, Development Planning, chair meetings of the Site Plan Review Group to receive input and commentary from other Service Areas and public agencies.


Provide timely response to correspondence from the public, applicants, administration and City Council members on matters related to Site Plan applications.


Prepare and distribute public notices in accordance with Council Policy and procedures and prepare reports for the Planning and Environment Committee (PEC) and other Council Committees; attend and make public presentations at committees and neighbourhood meetings regarding Site Plan proposals or planning related matters.


Examine applications for building, demolition, sign, pool fences, mechanical, plumbing and drainage permits to determine compliance with applicable Zoning By-laws, approved site plans, other municipal by-laws and Committee of Adjustment decisions.


Ensure the preconditions, including securities of a registered development agreement, road widening, parkland cash-in-lieu and other requirements have been fulfilled prior to the completion of Development Agreements.


Make recommendations to management regarding the proposed resolution of disputes regarding Site Plan approval matters.


Review/approve applications for Fire Routes and fire route signage.


Conduct site inspections to determine existing conditions on the site and adjacent lands.

Release development agreement performance security, when appropriate, or call security when a project is in default.


Assist with the completion of divisional projects related to process improvements and land use planning studies. Perform project management duties, from time to time.


Represent Development Services on administrative committees, as required.


Maintain/update Site Plan files, electronic files and database folders to ensure information is complete, accurate and current.


Provide expert evidence on Site Plan applications, Official Plan, Zoning and planning related matters before the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal, other tribunals and the Courts as required.


Provide advice and instructions to support the success of students in cooperative education placements, as well to Integrated Land Planning Technologists and GIS Data Technician, as required.


Perform other duties as assigned.




University Honours degree in Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, or equivalent from an institution accredited by the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects or the Ontario Professional Planners Institute.


Full membership or associate/provisional membership in the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA), or the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI), with expected achievement of full membership.


Four years of development-related planning experience in areas such as site plan approval, physical planning and landscape design, project management, zoning, subdivision approval, urban design, consents and minor variances.

Specialized Training & Licenses

Skills and abilities in the following areas are necessary:


Demonstrated project management skills.


Valid Driver’s Licence – Class G


Working knowledge of Autocad and demonstrated drafting skills.


Demonstrated ability in effective customer services and public relations.


Working knowledge of the City of London Site Plan Control By-law, Zoning By-law & Official Plan, Tree Protection By-law and demonstrated knowledge of related legislation.


Demonstrated proficiency in word-processing, spreadsheet applications and various software.


Strong verbal, written communication and interpersonal skills.

Compensation and Other Information

$55,175 - $80,171 (Level 14)


This position is being filled on a temporary basis for up to 2 years.


Other Information
Current hours of Work: Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
These hours of work are subject to change in accordance with the Collective Agreement and may include evening hours and Saturdays.


NOTE: Applicants may be required to complete a job related test.

Our hiring process is in accordance with the City of London’s Mandatory Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Administrative Policy.




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Application Contact Information

Company Name:   City of London
Application URL: Click here to apply online