Senior Planner, Land Development


Toronto, Ontario, Canada Remote

Full time

Nov 3

Join a global professional services leader. We are committed to solving the world’s biggest challenges in the areas of water, energy and urbanization.

Due to continuing growth in our planning group and a demand to expand our market reach, we are seeking a Senior Planner, Land Development for our GTA market located in our Whitby, ON office, with options to work from our MarkhamToronto, or Mississauga location.

This dynamic role allows you to play a meaningful role in leading projects that include a full and comprehensive range of land use planning and development related work, property assessments, proposals, designs and applications for clients. So, if you’re looking personal growth and challenge, look no further!

Responsibilities include:

  • Manage sophisticated planning projects while leading the preparation, submission and processing of projects and applications including official plan and zoning by-law amendments, plans of subdivision, site plans and condominium plan approvals in accordance with regulations and policies
  • Build strong positive relationships while working with your hard-working team and directing communications with clients, municipal staff and review agencies
  • Write and prepare a range of planning documents
  • Attend and present at public consultation meetings and Committee and Council meetings; provide experienced Land Use Planning testimony at Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT) hearings when required
  • Coordinate, lead, mentor and empower a multi-disciplinary team of professional planners and specialists
  • Research governing planning policy documents and producing preliminary planning assessments for clients
  • Assist technical support staff in preparing concept plans, site plans and report graphics
  • Coordinate on future project work priorities and assist in developing yearly team plans and budgets for future planning group growth

Qualifications, Skills & Experience:

  • Minimum of 10 years of progressive planning experience, including 5+ years in a senior role with project management responsibilities
  • Post-secondary degree in urban planning from a recognized college or university
  • Membership in the Ontario Professional Planners Institute as a Registered Professional Planner (RPP)
  • Consulting background as a lead planner / project manager responsible for private development planning applications is preferred
  • Expert knowledge of the provincial land use planning system, legislation, policies and plans including Places to Grow, Provincial Policy Statement, and the Planning Act
  • Previous experience in providing expert testimony as a Professional Planner at the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT) is an asset
  • Strong communication, analytical and problem-solving skills as well as proven project management skills
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of current provincial, inter-regional, regional, and local planning issues
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle

As a diverse and inclusive organization, we encourage individual achievement and recognize the strength of a diverse workforce. GHD is an equal opportunity employer. Upon request, GHD will provide reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment and selection process.



Why GHD? 

Being the best we can be is in our culture.  

We are a family of smart, innovative and creative problem solvers. In our employee-owned company, everything feels like it matters more. Challenge us and help us come up with new solutions to ensure water, energy and urbanisation are made sustainable for generations to come.  


Our commitment to you 

Commitment is a powerful word that defines how we do business, how we serve our clients and how we care for one another. We will support your needs by giving you the tools to do your best work and then recognise achievements. We will set your curiosity free to allow brilliant minds to do their best work. We will invest in new ideas, removing barriers where we can. Finally, we will encourage you to collaborate with thousands of diverse people across our global business. 


Who we are 

We are committed to solving the world's biggest challenges in the areas of water, energy and urbanisation. GHD is a global professional services company that is a leader in engineering, construction and architectural expertise. Established in 1928, we remain wholly owned by our people. We are 10,000+ diverse and skilled individuals, yet we are proudly ‘One GHD’ across more than 200 offices, spanning five continents – Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America, and the Pacific region. Delivering extraordinary social and economic outcomes, we are passionate about building lasting relationships with our partners and clients. 

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