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Development Officer

Town of New Glasgow
New Glasgow, NS
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The Town of New Glasgow, nestled along the scenic riverside of Northern Nova Scotia, stands as a vibrant and pivotal commercial center for Pictou County. Here at the Town of New Glasgow, we take pride in our dynamic and flourishing financial and professional sectors, upholding a longstanding tradition of excellence that permeates entrepreneurship, education, social leadership, athletics, entertainment, and all levels of government. Our town is a testament to history, adorned with architectural gems that narrate the past, but we are also committed to moving forward and continuously expanding our offerings to enrich the lives of our residents and visitors alike. New Glasgow presents an ever-growing array of amenities, including vibrant arts and culture centers, a diverse selection of restaurants and entertainment venues, and an abundance of lush parks and trails. These facets converge to cultivate a thriving community and bolster our local economy.


The Town of New Glasgow is excited to be hiring for the newly created position of Development Officer. Reporting to the Development & Planning Department, the Development Officer is responsible for administering the land use and subdivision by-laws as provided by the Municipal Government Act, as well as responding to inquiries related to zoning, subdivision, and property information, interpreting the by-laws and planning and development matters and administering permits.


Additional duties of the Development Officer Include but are not limited to;

· Reviews development permits, site plan approvals and variance applications.

· Issues or refuses development permits and site plan approvals in accordance with the applicable land use by-law or development agreement and grants or refuses variances in accordance with the Municipal Government Act.

· Reviews subdivision applications and approves or refuses development plans in accordance with the applicable subdivision by-law and regulations.

· Coordinates and embeds the input of other staff, provincial departments and other agencies regarding subdivision applications.

· Arranges and administers bonding and agreements as needed for subdivision and development agreements.

· Reviews outstanding applications and takes appropriate follow-up action.

· Conducts interpretations and technical advice on subdivisions and developments in response to general inquiries, applicants, elected officials, other staff, outside agencies, and committees.

· Researching and preparing reports, providing detailed information, with recommendations on planning studies, land use conflicts, municipal planning strategy and by-law amendments and development agreements.

· Collects and compiles data, research materials and other information required for planning projects, prepares tabulated data with required quality standards.

· Provides ownership to administration, monitoring, and enforcement duties, which includes but is not limited to; land use and subdivision by-laws, development agreements in effect, monitoring and identifying violations of land use, development agreements and subdivision by-laws. And makes recommendations on appropriate enforcement actions.

· Conducts site investigations as needed.

· Prepares reports and statistics as required for committees, Council, and other stakeholders.

· Orders and maintains an inventory of office supplies and equipment.

· Other duties and special projects as assigned.

As the Development Officer, you must be a problem solver, accountable and results focused. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the Municipal Government Act and other legislation relevant to the administration of the Land Use Bylaw and Subdivision Bylaw as well as knowledge of relevant municipal legislation, policies, and procedures.



· Minimum of two (2) years of experience within a municipal planning environment.

· Post-secondary education with a focus on planning or an acceptable combination of education and experience in the development or planning field or in a related field such as GIS technician, surveying, architecture, civil engineering or landscape architecture.

· Certification as a Development Officer by the Municipal Development Officers Association of Nova Scotia is an asset.

· Possess excellent oral and written communication and organizational skills.

· Possess excellent interpersonal skills and ability to manage concerns professionally.

· Proficiency with GIS mapping and analysis is considered an asset.

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