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Job Title:
Supervisor, Development Approvals
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Job Category:
Planning Services
1211 John Counter Boulevard
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Job Type:
Full Time
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Hours of Work:
35 hrs/wk
$92,042.86 - $115,044.20/Year
Date Posted:
May 31, 2024
Closing Date:
July 31, 2024

Opening Statement

The City of Kingston is grateful to experience the traditional territories of Anishinabek (Ah-nish-nah-beg), Haudenosaunee (Ho-den-o-show-nee) and Huron-Wendat (huron-wen·dat). Kingston is a smart, livable city in the heart of eastern Ontario. Its stable and diversified economy includes global corporations, innovative start-ups and all levels of government.At the City of Kingston, we believe that diversity and inclusion are essential elements of a thriving workplace. We value the unique perspectives and experiences that each individual brings to our team. As we continue to grow, we are dedicated to creating an environment where all employees feel welcomed, respected, and empowered to contribute their best work. The City of Kingston views diversity as its strength and we encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds, including those from underrepresented communities.As staff, you play a pivotal role in enhancing people's lives by delivering exceptional, customer-centered services of the highest quality. Within our highly ethical environment, you'll embrace accountability by consistently going above and beyond, actively listening to our customers, creatively addressing their needs, and maintaining unwavering respect for all individuals you serve. As a result, you'll become an integral part of our qualified and dynamic team, recognized for its compassion, excellence, integrity, inclusivity, and adaptability.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Manager of Development Approvals, Planning Services, and supporting Manager, Development Engineering, the Supervisor of Development Approvals is responsible for supervising matters within the Development Approvals unit related to the Planning Services and Development Engineering process for development applications, in alignment with corporate strategies, plans, and priorities as well as industry acts, regulations and requirements. Strong written and verbal communication skills facilitate effective partnerships within the organization and with external stakeholders, developers, residents and other governmental agencies.
This position provides expertise and leadership in the supervision, technical review, and coordination of development applications and reviews and directs the work of assigned staff and consultants. Promoting a positive customer experience and expediency.

Key Duties & Responsibilities

Supervises Development Approval planners and provides support to Development Technologists assigned development related applications received by the City. Provides professional planning advice to staff and multiple external parties.

Demonstrates thorough understanding of all aspects of the development review process. Support Manager, Development Approvals and acts as key liaison support to customers and staff.

Lead Enforcement staff through grading and planning issues.

Assists with the coordination and supervision of all development related planning applications, review and prepare reports, present, and defend reports with respect to all applicable acts, legislative requirements, by-laws, and policies.

Technical review coordination for engineering and planning development applications.

Utilize the Land Management System to facilitate financial fee reconciliations and approval of refunds.

Establish and maintain effective professional working relationships with internal departments, Council, committees, external agencies and board, other levels of government, development industry and community stakeholders.

Facilitates community efforts relating to planning matters by representing the City a various meetings and hearings, including provision of evidence at hearings.

Other duties as assigned

Qualifications, Competencies

4 year Degree in Urban Planning.

3 years of practical related experience in development planning and technical review.

Full membership in OPPI/CIP.

Skills, Abilities, Work Demands

Extensive knowledge and understanding of Provincial Policy Statement, Planning Act, Heritage Act, planning methodologies, legal requirements for municipalities, other related statutes and regulations.

Ability to negotiate and complete development agreements, site plan agreements and subdivision/condominium agreements.

Ability to anticipate, understand and respond to the needs of internal and external customers.

Ability to liaise with and build relationships with internal and external stakeholders such as various levels of government, community services, residents, and staff.

Highly developed analytical and research skills with the ability to formulate solutions to complex issues.

Ability to think strategically and deliver results.

Ability to manage financial, human and physical resources.

Ability to evaluate the effectiveness of decisions and the application of control and management processes.

Strong leadership and team building skills, with the ability to prioritize, mentor and manage a team.

Ability to lead and motivate staff and provide guidance on strategic, operational and technical matters.

Working knowledge of municipal, provincial and federal government acts and legislation, including occupational health and safety, employment standards, and human rights act.

Ability to work outside regular business hours as needed.

Valid class “G” driver’s license.

Required to obtain and maintain a satisfactory criminal record check.

Closing Statement

Please inform us of any accommodations we need to make to ensure a barrier-free recruitment experience. Accommodations are available in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC)and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) at any stage in the recruitment process. We’re happy to provide more information if you email us at

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