Planner Ii - Heritage

Municipal Corporation Markham City Of Markham

Applications are now being accepted for this Planner II - Heritage position in the Planning & Urban Design Department of the Development Services Commission. While all applications will be received, current members of CUPE Local 905 (Inside Workers) will be given first consideration. To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter online by November 29, 2020

Reporting to the Manager, Heritage Planning, you will provide planning and heritage guidance and recommendations on land use matters, policy and programs,  and development issues to internal and external clients to ensure both appropriate and orderly development, and the protection of cultural heritage resources within the City.

 In an inter-disciplinary team environment, you will undertake the following:

 Application Review/Processing

  • Process, analyze and prepare any necessary reports for development applications in the heritage conservation districts (including site plan control, Official Plan and Zoning By-law amendments, and Committee of Adjustment applications for variances and consent), and for individually designated properties elsewhere in the municipality;
  • Recommend alternative land use, development concepts and architectural design options as required; and integrate the requirements of other department and agencies into reports and conditions of approval;
  • Review building, demolition, and sign permit applications affecting cultural heritage resources for conformity with heritage policies and guidelines;
  • Process and review Heritage Permit applications for conformity with heritage policies and guidelines;
  • Provide comment on non-district applications affecting cultural heritage resources;


  • Undertake research (archival as well as primary and secondary source research) in support of: 1) cultural heritage resource identification, evaluation and classification; 2) designation of individual property or areas, 3) heritage easement agreements; 4) policy development and 5) other corporate objectives involving cultural heritage resources;

 Policy and Program Development/Administration

  • Prepare or assist in the preparation of policies, guidelines, by-laws, regulations, studies, programs, special projects or other assignments in support of the City’s heritage conservation program;
  • Assist in the review and processing of heritage financial assistance programs;

 Heritage Administration

  • Maintain and update the Markham Register of Property of Cultural Heritage Value or Interest, as required.
  • Prepare reports for and attend monthly municipal heritage committee meetings (Heritage Markham), as required;
  • Represent the Heritage Section on planning and heritage matters at staff/team meetings, community meetings, public meetings, and at committee/council;
  • Prepare evidence and provide expert witness testimony for legal proceedings including Local Planning Appeal Tribunal and Ontario Heritage Act prosecution hearings, as required.

Education and Promotion

  • Promote public awareness of heritage conservation initiatives and programs, and engage the local community, as appropriate;
  • Assist owners of cultural heritage properties in understanding and undertaking appropriate conservation and maintenance practices. 
  • Commemorate existing cultural heritage resources through means such as interpretive plaque programs;
  • Participate in the implementation of communication and educational programs to foster awareness, appreciation and enjoyment of cultural heritage resources such as in the form of newsletters, publications, website information, walking tours, exhibits, heritage awards programs, workshops and heritage celebrations.

Required Qualifications

  • Degree in Planning or related discipline (e.g. Heritage Conservation, Architecture) or equivalent with preference to a program emphasizing independent research and research methodology;
  • 3 - 5 years of related land use experience in Ontario preferably with demonstrated experience in heritage planning;
  • Membership in CIP and/or the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals is preferred;
  • Sound familiarity of the Ontario Planning Act and Ontario Heritage Act, regulations and procedures;
  • Understanding of planning principles;
  • Familiarity with reading architectural drawings;
  • Familiarity with historic building methods and materials, architectural styles and conservation approaches;
  • Good report writing, communication and presentation skills;
  • Ability to adapt writing style to suit different audiences and project requirements
  • Excellent analytical, negotiation and organizational capabilities;
  • Ability to establish priorities, solve problems and work under time constraints;
  • Well developed computer and photography skills;
  • Access to personal vehicle to use for business purposes.
  • Must be willing and able to attend meetings during and after regular business hours.

  • Service Excellence:  Meets or exceeds service standards when interacting with customers in the community and in the organization. 
  • Change & Innovation: Responds positively and professionally to change and helps others through change.
  • Teamwork & Relationship Building: Interacts with others in an inclusive, collaborative and respectful way that creates effective working relationships.
  • Communication: Communicates in a clear, professional and respectful way; demonstrates active listening.
  • Accountable & Results Oriented: Demonstrates ethical behaviour and accountability, aligns with City values, and abides by relevant policies and legislation.
  • Management & Leadership: Demonstrates self-management,professionalism and engagement; leads by example.

The City of Markham is committed to providing accommodations forpeople with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work withyou to meet your needs. We thank all those applicants who have applied howeveronly those applications selected for an interview will be contacted.

 We are committed to inclusive employment practices.
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