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Director of Planning & Community Services

District of Lantzville

The District of Lantzville has a career opportunity for a dynamic individual to assume the role of Director of Planning & Community Services. This opportunity is designed for an enthusiastic, motivated individual who excels in municipal small-town planning.


The District of Lantzville is a rural seaside community of approximately 4,000. Easily accessible by road, air, and ferry, Lantzville is situated on the northern border of the City of Nanaimo and south of the City of Parksville.


Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), you will be a member of the senior management team and provide advice on planning and development issues. As Director, you will:

  • Be responsible for all land use and development functions including current and long-range planning, development permits and bylaw amendments, and processing and coordinating related applications
  • Prepare reports on land use matters, Official Community Plan, zoning bylaw, development permits and presentations at Council/Committee meetings and Public Hearings as required
  • Manage the District’s licensing, building permitting and inspection services and bylaw service functions
  • Serve as the Approving Officer, Business Licence Inspector and staff liaison on the Parks and Trails Select Committee, Accessibility Advisory Committee and other committees as determined by the CAO


  • A good understanding of sustainable and environmental stewardship and natural asset management
  • Comprehensive knowledge of municipal and provincial acts related to municipal planning, and a thorough understanding of development approval processes
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills (written and oral)
  • A demonstrated ability to utilize initiative and creativity in bringing out effective responses to community planning matters
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision, in a position requiring a high degree of accuracy, efficiency, diplomacy and confidentiality.


  • University degree in urban planning or a related discipline
  • 5 (five) years of experience in a planning capacity, or an equivalent combination of training and experience
  • 8 (eight) years of progressively responsible experience dealing with all aspects of municipal planning
  • Membership or eligibility for membership in PIBC and/or the Canadian Institute of Planners is desirable


The current annual salary for the role is $110,000. The District offers an excellent benefits package; and supports its employees in their continued career and professional development. You will enjoy life in a beautiful seaside community, working alongside a small yet skilled and friendly municipal team.

Next Step

Forward your resume and cover letter to Tall Cedars Search & Recruitment, by Friday Aug. 4, 2023, at 5:00 pm PDT. A Supplementary Information Package can be obtained by request from the Consultant, which includes a complete job description and details of the comprehensive benefits package.

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