City of Toronto

Date: 2 weeks ago
City: Toronto, ON
Contract type: Full time
Job ID: 36083
Job Category: Policy, Planning & Research
Division & Section: City Planning, CP Urban Design
Work Location: City Hall, 100 Queen Street W
Job Type & Duration: Full-time, 5 Permanent Vacancies, 1 Temporary Vacancy (12 months)
Hourly Rate and Wage Grade: $53.91 - $59.08, TF0481, Wage Grade 15
Shift Information: Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week
Affiliation: L79 Full-time
Number of Positions Open: 6
Posting Period: 20-Nov-2023 to 11-Dec-2023
Major Responsibilities:
Reporting to the Program Manager, Heritage Policy and Research Team, the Planner Heritage will undertake heritage preservation assignments and initiatives of the Heritage Planning/Urban Design Section and strive for excellence in the delivery of those services
  • Reviews, evaluates and provides comments on development proposals including Zoning By-law and Official Plan amendments, Committee of Adjustment applications, building plans and conservation/restoration plans as they relate to listed, designated and potential heritage resources. Issues approval or makes recommendation of approval/refusal to City Council.
  • Reviews and contributes to the Official Plan policy planning process for all planning studies and the development of incentives and policy development.
  • Provides information and advice to requests from elected officials, other levels of government, other City divisions, developers, consultants, agencies, boards and the public. Prepares reports and correspondence.
  • Liaises and represents the City in meetings.
  • Makes presentations to and answers enquiries from the public regarding Heritage Planning.
  • Develops and conducts public participation programs.
  • Prepares and presents reports, makes recommendations to the Toronto Preservation Board, Committees and Council on proposals involving heritage resources, including heritage conservation incentives, alterations to listed and designated buildings, demolition of heritage properties, and heritage policy.
  • Consults with internal and external parties on development proposals and proposals to alter designated and listed resources in the application of City heritage policies and accepted principles of architectural, urban design planning and heritage preservation. Identifies, negotiates and mediates conflicting positions with groups that have varied objectives. Proposes and negotiates alternate development strategies that meet heritage best practice.
  • Advises on the use of incentives to leverage high quality conservation of heritage properties.
  • Reviews and comments on technical reports and drawings including Heritage Impact Assessments, Conservation Plans, Landscape Plans, Lighting Plans, Interpretation Plans and Heritage Signage Plans.
  • Negotiates Heritage Easement Agreements, prepares documentation and legal schedules. Monitors implementation.
  • Inspects heritage properties in accordance with the Ontario Heritage Act, Toronto Municipal Code and Heritage Property Standards By-law. Works in conjunction with and serves as an expert resource to Toronto Fire and Toronto Buildings when heritage properties have been subject to fire or other structural failures.
  • Serves as an expert witness at hearings of judicial boards and tribunals such as the Ontario Lands Tribunal and Provincial Court. Presents evidence and provides professional opinion.
  • Analyzes and evaluates properties considered for inclusion in the City's Heritage Register and designation under the Ontario Heritage Act. Conducts archival analysis applying prescribed provincial criteria and prepares and presents reports, makes recommendations to the Toronto Preservation Board, Committees and Council.
  • Coordinates and conducts studies, proposes policies and works with consultants in the preparation and adoption of Heritage Conservation District studies and Cultural Heritage Resources Assessments.
  • Provides project coordination throughout the implementation process of a Heritage Conservation District and Cultural Heritage Resource Assessment. Facilitates the internal and external consultation process, public outreach and community education in compliance with the Ontario Heritage Act and other applicable legislation.
  • Establishes and maintains linkages to communities and other divisions to ensure effective partnerships.
  • Conducts heritage conservation planning studies and initiatives, reviews development proposals, develops recommendations and drafts reports for Committees and Council.
  • Administers the City's Heritage Tax Rebate Program, including the development of policy and heritage property inspections related to these incentives. Coordinates with other City divisions and provincial agencies. Advises and makes recommendations to City Council on funding allocations. Ensures project expenditures are controlled and maintained within approved budget.
  • Analyzes data and prepares reports on heritage issues affecting the city. Evaluates preservation planning implications and prepares recommendations including policy changes.

Key Qualifications: Your application must describe your qualifications as they relate to:
  • Post-secondary education in planning, architecture, history, or in a professional discipline pertinent to the job function or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience working in the field of heritage conservation including, creating heritage plans, developing policy and conducting historic research.
  • Experience in leading and conducting heritage planning studies and preparing Heritage Conservation District plans and Cultural Heritage Resource Assessments.
  • Experience in leading and coordinating heritage conservation projects from inception to implementation in a multi-stakeholder and a high-pressure, high-volume environment.

You must also have:
  • Applied knowledge of the Ontario Heritage Act, Planning Act, the Official Plan and the Development Review Process which includes the current regulations and evolving planning policy trends in the City.
  • Knowledge of historical preservation theory, legislation, principles, and practice.
  • Sound knowledge of heritage planning and urban design, historical theory, legislation, and technological principles that pertains to heritage preservation.
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret architectural and site plan drawings.
  • Ability to produce concise and effective reports, presentations, and recommendations under time constraints.
  • Ability to apply critical judgement and analytical thinking.
  • Ability to work independently on confidential and sensitive matters with minimum supervision in a highly demanding work environment with many competing priorities and deadlines.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with all stakeholders, senior level staff, outside agencies, politicians, and other orders of government.
  • Highly developed interpersonal, conflict resolution, mediation, and problem-solving skills in an effort to interact and communicate effectively with all levels of the organization.
  • Proficient computer skills to utilize software packages relevant to supporting the division’s core requirements e.g. MS Office.
  • Knowledge of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), the Human Rights Code and other regulations/legislation that apply to the job duties.

NOTE TO INTERNAL FULL-TIME AND PART-TIME CITY OF TORONTO EMPLOYEES: City of Toronto employees must apply to full-time or part-time employment opportunities posted on the City's Internal Job Posting Portal
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion The City is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to creating a workplace culture of inclusiveness that reflects the diverse residents that we serve. Learn more about the City’s commitment to employment equity
Accommodation The City of Toronto is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive organization. We are committed to providing barrier-free and accessible employment practices in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Should you require Code-protected accommodation through any stage of the recruitment process, please make them known when contacted and we will work with you to meet your needs. Disability-related accommodation during the application process is available upon request. Learn more about the City’s Hiring Policies and Accommodation Process.

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