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Resource Consents Planner (Intermediate or Senior)

Otago - Queenstown

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 are seeking planners of all levels to join 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 environment where you can bring your very best to delivering world-class outcomes for our vibrant community.

The Role

The Planner, Resource Consenting role processes applications (predominantly resource consents) under the RMA, HASHAA and LGA. The Planner is required to formulate and document sound decisions in relation to these applications.

A large component of this role involves assisting the administration of the QLDC District Plans (operative and proposed) and preparing reports on particular planning issues as directed. There is an exciting range of work due to the variety of developments and complexity of the planning environment. The Queenstown Lakes District has a high number of Resource Consent hearings, and preparation for and attendance at hearings is a core part of this role.

Guided by the regulations of the time, the planning team are continually managing the competing interests of the District, enabling and supporting the District’s growths needs, whilst protecting the landscapes and elements that make this District truly special. 

About You

  • Tertiary qualification in planning, resource management or related field required
  • Membership of the New Zealand Planning Institute or eligible for membership
  • Significant knowledge and practical application within the planning industry (3+ years)
  • Hearings experience preferred
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Displays initiative and analytical skills
  • Demonstrated ability to present topics to the public, professionals, at hearings and at meetings
  • Proven track record of developing and maintaining relationships across a broad range of stakeholders
  • Highly motivated, achievement-oriented and innovative professional
  • Can-do and outcome-focussed attitude

The Benefits

  • Great professional development opportunities due to the District’s complex planning environment, diversity of the development and QLDC’s commitment to training
  • Working in a competent, collaborative and supported team environment, with planners of all levels that are committed to reaching sound planning outcomes
  • Competitive market remuneration
  • Paid NZPI membership
  • Subsidised Health Insurance
  • Discounted health and fitness club rates at our great facilities
  • Relocation allowance will be considered for the right candidates

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Job Description

Applications close: 01 Oct 2019