Development Officer

Chester, NS
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On behalf of our client, The Municipality of Chester, we are actively looking for a Development Officer to join their team in Chester, NS.

As the Development Officer, you will report directly to the Senior Development Officer and will be responsible for ensuring planning documents are effectively and efficiently administered for the Municipality and any other municipal unit under contract with the Municipality of Chester for Development Services. You will be responsible for duties relating to land use control, subdivision control, development, and office administration as follows:

Key Responsibilities:

  • Effectively complete analysis and interpretation of application statutes, regulations, and By-Laws
  • Act as the authority in matters related to land use, development, and subdivision 
  • Process and review development permit applications
  • Approve or refuse development permits in accordance with the Municipal Land Use and By Laws and Policies
  • Process Site Plan Approval applications and issue or refuse requests. 
  • Conduct site inspections and work with Building Inspectors related to development permits and related building permits to assure compliance of the Land Use by-law
  • Responds to and, if warranted, acts on complaints filed with respect to land use and/or development
  • Interpret the regulations within the Land Use By-Law for applicants, the public, developers, staff, councillors, lawyers, and real estate agents
  • Assists planners with amendments to planning documents as necessary
  • Assist the Municipal Solicitor in preparing for and conducting Review Board Appeals and court actions

Who You Are:

As the ideal candidate, you have a diploma or degree in Planning or a related discipline such as GIS technician, surveying, architecture, civil engineering, or landscape architecture combined with 0 – 2 years of development and planning experience. A certification as a Development Officer by the Municipal Development Officers Association of Nova Scotia is considered an asset. 

As the successful candidate, you are detail oriented, have excellent organizational skills, and have proven communication skills with the public through telephone, email, and face to face. You have the ability to facilitate, negotiate and resolve conflict along with working in high pressure, deadline-oriented environments. You have general knowledge of planning theory, local government responsibilities, property law, and thorough knowledge of the Municipal Government Act and other legislation relevant to administration of Land Use By-Laws, Subdivisions By-Laws, and Subdivision Regulations. You also have the ability to read and interpret technical drawings such as site plans, engineering drawings, and survey plans. 

Obligations and Responsibilities Under Legislation:

The Municipality of the District of Chester is committed to workplace safety and all employees are expected to actively participate in the Municipality’s Occupational Health and Safety Policy and Program and Occupational Health and Safety Legislation as well as Regulations of the Province of  Nova Scotia. The Municipality of the District of Chester complies with the Employment Legislation of Nova Scotia and all employees are also expected to act in accordance with the appropriate Legislation as well.

At Venor, we embrace a culture of belonging in the workplace. No matter who you are, where you’re from, how you think, what you believe in, or who you love, we welcome your application. We all come from different backgrounds and different walks of life, bringing in unique perspectives and experiences. We encourage applications from 2SLGBTQ+, Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC), women, newcomers to Canada, and people with disabilities. If you require any accommodation in the application and interview process, please let us know (including different materials or otherwise).

For more insight, please contact Andrea Murray via andrea@venor.ca.

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