BC Local Government Job Posting Service

City of Williams Lake

Employment Opportunity
Full Time
Competition 19-20

Development Services Technician

POSITION DETAILS:                       
Department:  Development Services
Current Rate of Pay:  $34.68 (effective July 1) per hour plus benefits
Hours of Work:  37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday

For lifestyle, Williams Lake’s mixture of frontier charm and urban living can’t be beat. We are a regional centre with all major amenities.  Living and housing is very affordable with a range of residential opportunities from modern urban subdivisions and townhouses to large rural properties. The attractive mix of high-quality lifestyle and surrounding pristine wilderness playground makes Williams Lake a great place to live, work, play, and raise a family.

Williams Lake offers year-round opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. In the winter, the Cariboo offers snowmobiling opportunities and amazing cross-country ski trails, as well as snowshoeing and ice fishing. Williams Lake, known across North America as the “Shangri-La of Mountain Biking”, boasts the largest mountain bike park in the British Columbia’s interior, and over 200 kilometres of single track trails and tens of thousands of board feet of lumber constructing a variety of riding features all within metres of the City. The lake city is a great base for hiking, camping, four-wheeling, waterskiing, swimming, golfing and sport fishing as well. Our indoor recreation facilities are first rate, with the Cariboo Memorial Recreational Complex offering a brand new leisure pool with waterslide, new lap pool, steam room, sauna, massive swirl pool along with two arena ice sheets, and a brand new fitness centre.

Responsible for a variety of technical planning related tasks, processing of development, land use and permit applications, pursuant to City bylaws, regulations and Provincial legislation. May assume additional technical related duties and responsibilities.

The incumbent shall be responsible to the Director of Development Services.

  • Receive and process applications for rezoning, Official Community Plan amendments and development variance/development permits; conduct technical reviews and prepare amending bylaws, statutory notices and reports with recommendations for review by the Director of Development Services and submission to Council and Committees.
  • Carry out field inspections when necessary to gather information to assist with report preparation.
  • Use computer mapping/G.I.S., prepare mailing labels for issue of public/statutory notices relating to rezoning, Official Community Plan amendments and permits.
  • In cooperation with the Development Services Department, maintain a variety of City Plans, including base maps, zonings and Official Community Plan maps, in both digital and conventional, hand-drafted, format.
  • Assist with establishing and maintaining the City's G.I.S. database; provide and receive data updates to/from individuals and other agencies.
  • In consultation with the Development Services and Municipal Services Divisions, process subdivision applications and reports with recommendations to the Approving Officer.
  • In consultation with the Building Inspection Division, receive and process Board of Variance appeal applications and conduct hearings as required, pursuant to Local Government Act legislation.
  • Maintain a database for tracking of development applications and prepare monthly Development Progress Reports, as required.
  • Consult with and advise landowners, developers, government agencies and outside organizations on matters relating to current and long range planning.
  • Prepare correspondence in response to public enquiries, relating to development applications, interpretation of zoning, Official Community Plan and subdivision/development bylaws.
  • Receive and respond to verbal enquiries from the public, developers, contractors, utility companies, government agencies and other departments related to planning matters.
  • Collect and analyze various types of data, including population, employment, land use, housing, land supply and demand, traffic and parking, subdivision and building activity.
  • Attend Council, Committee meetings and public hearings as required, to make presentations and respond to questions regarding reports and planning matters.
  • Work with other planning staff on the implementation and other duties related to the City’s Sustainability Planning Process
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Includes, but is not limited to the following:
  • A University degree or technical diploma or certificate in urban planning or similar qualifications from an accredited technical or professional institution.An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Minimum of one year experience in municipal planning.
  • Sound knowledge of the functions, objectives, practices and principles applicable to municipal planning operations.
  • Excellent computer skills and thorough understanding of Geographic Information Systems and other planning related/office computer programs.
  • Superior knowledge of relevant planning legislation, including the Local Government Act, Community Charter, Land Title Act and Strata Property Act.
  • Valid Class 5 B.C. Driver's License.
  • Ability to collect, analyze and interpret data and submit conclusions and recommendations in concise reports on various planning matters.
  • Excellent interpersonal and written and oral communication skills, including the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external contacts and to communicate tactfully and effectively both verbally and in writing in English.
  • Professional and courteous disposition at all times, especially when working under pressure and among competing interests.
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team.

Interested candidates are invited to submit a detailed resume and cover letter outlining qualifications, experience, copies of applicable certifications, and letters of reference no later than 4:00 pm, June 20, 2019 to the attention of Ashley Williston, Director of Human Resources, City of Williams Lake, 450 Mart Street, Williams Lake, BC, V2G 1N3 - Fax (250) 392-8484, or email

Location: Williams Lake, BC
Region: North Central / Cariboo
Professional Categories: Planning & Development
Posted: May 30, 2019, 9:41 am
Expires: June 20, 2019, 4:00 pm