Municipal Planner

Eastern District Planning Commission
February 12, 2021
John Bain

Are you a municipal planner with a drive to work in a place where your contributions matter? Do you want to be part of a small and efficient organization where you can have an immediate impact on planning outcomes? We have the right job for you! The Eastern District Planning Commission serves two Towns (Antigonish, Port Hawkesbury) and four rural municipalities (Counties of Antigonish, Inverness, Richmond and Victoria) in one of the most scenic parts of Atlantic Canada. We are presently looking for just such a person to join our team.

Under the supervision of the Director of Planning, you will join two planners and a development officer in helping to shape better communities in our area. Within months from your employment start, you will begin presenting planning files to municipal committees and Councils. Working for six municipalities at the same time, presents a variety of interesting files and you can expect an engaging work environment. Larger projects within the next twelve months include the commencement of a plan review for the community of Inverness and the community of Baddeck. There is more on the horizon: changes to provincial legislation around minimum planning requirements and coastal protection promise unprecedented planning debates in our communities.

The proximity to nature, great beaches and world-renowned tourist attractions such as the Cabot Trail will take care of your work-life balance. Our office is situated in Port Hawkesbury, the gateway to Cape Breton Island. In this small town surrounded by nature, the next outdoor adventure is never far away. Are you ready for that lifestyle?


As a member of our team, the successful candidate will be a professional who can take initiative and work independently while keeping the rest of the team updated; someone who will perform a variety of tasks related to the provision of long and short-term policy and regulatory advice to our Municipal Councils. Specific duties include responding to public inquiries; attending community, committee and council meetings; reviewing and preparing amendments to existing Municipal Planning Strategies and Land Use By-laws. A working knowledge of the Nova Scotia land planning process (including the administration of a subdivision by-law), the Municipal Government Act, and software associated with a planning office is therefore essential for this position.

The successful candidate will have a combination of planning experience and education which will have prepared him/her for the challenges of working with minimal supervision and with significant control over their schedule. Membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners is preferred. Must have a valid drivers’ license in good standing and the use of a personal vehicle. The salary range for this position is $53,376 to $62,442, commensurate to experience. Resumes including a cover letter will be received until 4:30 p.m., Friday, February 12, 2021, addressed to:

John Bain, Director 
Eastern District Planning Commission
606 Reeves Street, Unit 3
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2R7

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