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 Urban Design/Heritage Planner


Posting Id 1700
Department Planning and Infrastructure Department
Division Policy Planning
Section Urban Design 
Job Grade SEA35 Grade 07 
Rate of Pay $47.29 - $54.93 Hourly
Job Type Full-time - Contract
Contract Length/End Date 1 year
Employee Group Contract 
Replacement/New Position          New Hire
Posting Type Internal and External
Posting Date 09/15/2022
Application Deadline 09/30/2022


Position Summary

Reporting to the Manager, Urban Design, the Urban Design/Heritage Planner will ensure that all development and construction affecting the City's heritage resources meets the City's aesthetic and operational expectations.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide comments and recommendations to development applications associated with heritage resources, or those located within a heritage context
  • Provide information and direction to planners, applicants, the municipal heritage committee, and Council on design
  • Review, analyze, evaluate, provide comment, and negotiate changes of all heritage-related development planning applications
  • Update the Heritage Register of listed and designated buildings as appropriate
  • Engage the community on heritage matters, and support local heritage activities
  • Guide and manage consultants on heritage-related policy initiatives
  • Manage City-led cultural heritage assessments prepared by consultants
  • Prepare statutory notices, Heritage Conservation, Commemoration, Restoration and Maintenance Agreements, Statements of Heritage Attributes and Heritage Designation By-Laws, and By-Law infraction Orders
  • Prepare witness statements, visual evidence, and expert testimony representing the City at the Ontario Land Tribunal
  • Prepare agendas for and attend Heritage Richmond Hill Advisory Committee meetings, prepare reports and recommendations on applications made under the Ontario Heritage Act, provide information to and conducts research for committee as required
  • Arrange cultural heritage education presentations

Education and Experience

  • Degree in Heritage Planning, Architecture, Urban Design or related discipline   
  • CAHP membership is an asset
  • 5 years experience, preferably in a municipal setting

Required Skills/Knowledge

  • Familiarity with the Ontario Heritage Act, and a solid understanding of heritage building style and history
  • Familiarity with the Building Code, building/demolition permit processes, regional and local history, and historic construction and design practices
  • Facilitation and negotiation skills
  • Awareness of contemporary planning issues
  • Demonstrates good judgment and makes sound decisions
  • Shows commitment to personal growth, development, and leadership opportunities
  • Shares new ideas and challenges the status quo
  • Proven written and verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate with honesty, openness, respect, and trust
  • Takes initiative to participate in a culture of learning, mentoring, and sharing
  • Contributes to building and being a part of a positive culture
  • Must possess a valid Ontario Class "G" Driver's License, and have access to a vehicle for use on corporate business (mileage compensated) and will be required to provide proof of vehicle insurance upon hire
  • Occasional attendance at Council or committee meetings after hours may be required
  • Demonstrate the City’s corporate values of care, collaboration, courage and service

Leadership Competencies

  • Demonstrates personal leadership
  • Builds people and culture
  • Cultivates open communication
  • Shapes the future
  • Navigates and leads through complexity and change


We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those under consideration will be contacted.

The City of Richmond Hill is committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes. If contacted to participate in the recruitment and selection process, please advise Human Resources if you require an accommodation.

Please note, to be considered for a career opportunity at the City of Richmond Hill you must have received the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by Health Canada (or the World Health Organization). You may also be required to receive any COVID-19 boosters recommended by public health authorities.  The City of Richmond Hill will consider cases requiring accommodation as stipulated by relevant employment standards legislation or regulation and/or the Ontario Human Rights Code.