Work at QLDC

Principal Planner - Urban Development

Otago - Queenstown

Building Momentum | Kokiritia!

The most beautiful District in New Zealand is currently experiencing unprecedented growth. In order for QLDC to respond to the challenge created by the varied and exciting development activity happening right now and the level of activity projected for our community, we have added two vital positions to our high-performing Planning & Development Division. These remarkable opportunities enable us to provide next-level professional experience and extend upon our technical excellence for our growing Planning Teams, working in a dynamic planning environment where you can bring your very best to delivering world-class outcomes for our vibrant community. Both positions are based in Queenstown.

The Roles:

The Role

The Principal Planner – Urban Development plays a leading role in advising, coordinating and forming council policy on urban growth initiatives including assessing and planning major urban development proposals, managing Special Housing Area applications, development agreements, working with infrastructure providers and developers, monitoring development activity and housing capacity, leading the preparation of evidence for associated plan changes, notices of requirement applications and resource consents. The Principal Planner – Urban Development also takes the lead with structure planning, National Policy Statement Urban Development Capacity reporting and advising the Council and other parts of Council on urban planning policy matters and preparing planning housing and commercial and development strategies.

About You

  • Tertiary degree qualification in planning or related discipline.
  • Membership of the New Zealand Planning Institute or equivalent urban planning organisation.
  • Excellent knowledge and demonstrated practical application (5+ years) of the Resource Management Act 1991 and allied legislation.
  • Extensive experience in private practice and/or in a local or government agency environment dealing with urban planning and development.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including formal evidence and report writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to present topics to the public, professionals and meetings.
  • Proven track record of developing and maintaining relationships across a broad range of stakeholders.
  • Highly motivated, achievement-oriented and innovative professional.

The Benefits

  • Competitive market remuneration
  • Career progression and training opportunities
  • Subsidised Health Insurance
  • Discounted health and fitness club rates at our great facilities
  • Relocation allowance will be considered for the right candidate.

For more information on this role, or to apply, please visit or feel free to contact Ian Bayliss – Planning Policy Manager to discuss this exciting opportunity in confidence. 

Applications close Monday, 22 October 2018

The Location

Queenstown is nestled in the Southern Alps of New Zealand on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and is rated as one of the World’s top destinations. Queenstown is renowned for its four distinctive seasons which offer snow-capped mountains during the winter months for snowboarding and skiing, and long hot days which are perfect for mountain biking, food and wine tasting or walking along the many trails Queenstown has to offer during the summer months. Thrill seekers, families and food and wine connoisseurs will all find Queenstown Lakes District the perfect place to call home.