Manager of Development Planning

The City of Guelph is a vibrant community with over 120,000 people located in the heart of Southern Ontario, just one hours driving distance from Toronto.  Set in a picturesque natural setting, Guelph is known for its rich architectural heritage, growing economy and excellent quality of life – all good reasons to consider a career in this beautiful city.

Job Summary:

Resumes are being accepted for the position of Manager of Development Planning. The successful candidate will provide dynamic leadership and strategic direction to staff in conducting plan review functions for all development applications received by the City.  With a focus on a collaborative approach to providing quality customer service and continuous improvement, this position is guided by the goals and objectives of the City of Guelph Corporate Administrative Plan and committed to the Corporate Values of integrity, excellence and wellness.  The successful candidate will aid in the achievement of the Community Vision – to be the city that makes a difference.


  • Guide the City’s overall development strategy and contribute to the economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being of the Guelph community.
  • Provide planning recommendations and advice to the department head, Council, other departments/  divisions and the public on a wide variety of planning matters.
  • Manage the plan review function for all development applications within the City including: draft plans of subdivisions/condominiums; site plan approvals; zoning and official plan amendments; Committee of Adjustment applications; and part lot control exemption requests.
  • Oversight of the Site Plan Review Committee and Development Review Committees.
  • Collaborate with other departments, staff and external stakeholders to identify and implement continuous improvement opportunities with respect to the delivery of the development review function and associated customer service.
  • Develop and manage the annual Development Priorities Plan or other annual reports based on established key performance indicators.
  • Provide evidence at Ontario Municipal Board hearings and other tribunals.
  • Facilitate public consultation and liaison in a positive and inclusive manner.
  • Build and maintain productive, collaborative relationships with other city departments, divisions, the building/development community and the public.
  • Write reports and make presentations as required both internally and to the public, as well as to council and committees.
  • Identify and achieve corporate policies and objectives in support of the City’s strategic plan.
  • Develop strategic operational plans to achieve the goals and objectives of the department.
  • Develop and monitor operating and capital budgets for the division.
  • Provide leadership to professional staff and consultants responsible for development planning activities, special projects, information/research and data management.
  • Guide and advise staff on project management matters, priorities, and the approach to be taken on planning initiatives.
  • Develop and nurture a work environment that is inclusive, respectful, positive and motivating for staff.
  • Champion and facilitate change in a team-based working environment.
  • Apply policies, procedures and collective agreements consistently where applicable.
  • Evaluate performance and establish objectives for staff; monitor results and provide coaching, training and development opportunities as needed. 


  • Extensive experience related to the duties listed above, acquired through the completion of an advanced University degree in Planning, Urban Studies or a related field; combined with several years of senior level management experience in a similar environment. Candidates with an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Registered Professional Planner with CIP or OPPI.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills acquired through considerable experience leading and motivating staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate, lead, and implement progressive and proactive municipal planning policies and programs.
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain effective and collaborative working relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders.
  • Proven ability to communicate clearly and effectively.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, public facilitation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Proven ability to successfully manage budgets and achieve performance targets.
  • Proven ability to set priorities, solve problems and meet deadlines under pressure.
  • Thorough knowledge of the Ontario Planning Act and experience at the Ontario Municipal Board or other tribunals.
  • Experience in environmental planning and urban design would be an asset.
  • Knowledge of community energy conservation policies and implementation measures would be an asset. 


$95,371.24 – $119,214.05 per year

How to Apply:

Qualified applicants are invited to apply using our online application system by Friday, September 15, 2017. Please note all applicants must complete the online questionnaire specific to this position at the time they submit their resume and cover letter in order to be considered. Proof of qualifications will be requested at the interview stage.

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The City of Guelph is an equal opportunity employer.