Senior Planner - Heritage | Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Senior Planner - Heritage

The City of Victoria
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Senior Planner - Heritage (Continuous)  

Sustainable Planning and Community Development Department


Develop, apply and administer heritage conservation policies, regulations, procedures and programs.


Review applications involving development permits, building permits, heritage alteration permits, sign permits, conservation plans and rezonings for Heritage Designated and Registered buildings to ensure compliance with heritage policy; review applications for heritage designation; carry out site inspections and photograph sites; prepare reports including Statements of Significance and recommendations for the Heritage Advisory Panel and City Council.

Support the city-wide and local area planning process including the development of land use policies.

Respond to enquiries from other departments, building owners, developers, architects, community heritage interest groups, government agencies and the general public by providing information, advice and interpretation of heritage conservation policies and procedures and technical advice on building rehabilitation issues.

Represent the department at various meetings such as Heritage Advisory Panel, Victoria Heritage Foundation and Victoria Civic Heritage Trust in an advisory capacity; prepare and deliver presentations on the City of Victoria Heritage Program and technical issues related to heritage conservation.

Initiate and administer special heritage projects; develop heritage policies and procedures; coordinate historical research; review the work of consultants as required.  Coordinate, assign, review and participate in the work of approximately one assistant performing Heritage Planning functions; provide employee training and input to performance appraisals.    

Review and administer applications for the Heritage Tax Incentive Program; provide technical review and analysis of building material conservation.

Perform related duties where qualified.


Work is generated by applications, departmental programs and requests from Council and the public.

Work is reviewed through departmental meetings; reports and Heritage Advisory Panel agendas receive ongoing review.

Issues such as policies, objectives and schedules are discussed with supervisor.


Physical Effort:

Climb ladders and scaffolding. (rare)

Mental Effort:            

Short periods of intense concentration while preparing and presenting reports and recommendations to Council, committees and the public. (often)

Meet multiple deadlines. (occasional)

Visual/Auditory Effort:

Focus on a variety of source data and detailed drawings for short periods while reviewing applications and preparing reports. (frequent)

Work Environment:


Site visits. (occasional)

Presence on construction sites. (rare) 

May be required to work irregular hours. (premium pay)


Organize and prioritize work.

Understand and apply the principles of urban planning and heritage conservation.

Read and interpret technical information, architectural drawings, policies, regulations and legislation.

Working level operation of current City word processing, spreadsheet and related specialty software.

Compose and present proposals and policies.

Supervision of staff.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Represent the City to the public and outside agencies.


Formal Education, Training and Occupational Certification:

University undergraduate degree in Urban Planning, Heritage Conservation, Architecture or Urban Design. (4 years)

Eligible for membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners.


6 years of related heritage conservation and planning experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


May be requested to substitute in a more senior position.

Eligible for membership in the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals. 

Work schedule: Monday - Friday, 35 hour work week

$55.24 per hour, Pay Grade 19

Job Code #4199

This is a CUPE Local 50 Position

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COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

All City of Victoria employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Candidates who cannot be fully vaccinated based on a protected legal ground as defined in the BC Human Rights Code may request an accommodation of the requirement to be fully vaccinated. Applicants will be asked to provide proof of vaccination or request an accommodation during the recruitment process.

City of Victoria is an equal opportunity employer committed to establishing an inclusive, equitable, and accessible environment for all. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or any other basis protected by applicable law. 

We are committed to ensuring that reasonable accommodations are made available to persons with disabilities during the recruitment cycle and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request.  If you require assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please email us

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