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Development Officer

Job Type: 
Policy / Planning / Research
Town Of Whitecourt
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Development Officer

Temporary Full-Time Position (Maternity Leave)

Job #19-012



The Town of Whitecourt is your local government at work.  Council and staff function on behalf of the community to enhance the quality of life for all residents, with a commitment to the well-being of our community.  Our organization now has an opening for a, temporary full-time Development Officer, within the Planning and Development Department.   This will be a temporary term to cover a maternity leave, beginning in May 2019.


Duties will include:

  • Establish and maintain positive and constructive relations with the public and all other contacts encountered on the job
  • Sound working knowledge of the Land Use Bylaw, Municipal Government Act (MGA), as well as other bylaws, regulations, and policies as applicable
  • Review and approve development and building permits to ensure conformity with the Land Use Bylaw and the Town’s Quality Management Plan
  • Review files upon construction completion to ensure conformance with bylaws
  • Undertake enforcement action of the Land Use Bylaw as required
  • Prepare and present written reports and recommendations as required for discretionary use and variance applications, bylaw amendments, Municipal Planning Commission meetings, and Subdivision and Development Appeal Board hearings
  • Assist the Director and Manager in evaluation of development proposals
  • Provide land use information and development information to the public and contractors
  • Issue file review letters
  • Research for various projects, compile information, conduct surveys, review best practices and provide recommendations as needed
  • Remain abreast of and maintain current and upcoming legislative requirements in relation to Planning
  • Assume other responsibilities and duties as assigned by the Director or Manager


    As a member of the Planning and Development Department, you will be working as a team to provide timely and accurate information to the public regarding permits and development information. You are an ideal candidate for this position if you are a dynamic, self-motived individual, capable of working in a fast paced environment. 


    The following qualifications are required for this position:

  • Grade 12 Diploma or equivalent.Preference will be given to the applicant with a diploma in Urban Planning or equivalent
  • Conversant with planning issues, process, and administration
  • Preference will be given to candidates with a minimum of three years planning and development related experience in a municipal government setting
  • Exceptional communications skills and ability to work with the general public
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft programs including Access
  • Possession and maintenance of valid driver’s license


The Town of Whitecourt is committed to its employees and provides a competitive salary and first rate benefits package.  If you feel that you have the qualifications and desire to be a part of the Town Team, please submit your resume prior to Friday, April 12, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. to the following address:


                TOWN OF WHITECOURT

Box 509, 5004 - 52 Avenue


Fax:               780-778-5179

E-Mail:        hr@whitecourt.ca

Re:                 Job #19-012 

Closing Date: 
April 12, 2019