Planner III - Senior Urban Design

Job Details

JOB POSTING #: 2022-0401-Amended

POSTING PERIODThursday, November 3, 2022 at 8:30am to Friday, November 25, 2022 at 4:30pm

DEPARTMENT: Planning & Development

UNION: Non-Union

POSITION STATUS: Regular Full-Time


RATE OF PAY: $86,244.13 to $104,830.80 annually



Reporting to the Manager, Urban Design/Deputy City Planner, this position will be responsible to apply acquired experience in a shared responsibility for the planning, design and construction of open spaces such as parks, plazas, trail systems, streetscapes, etc., and how such spaces interface with private property; Facilitates the implementation of Windsor’s Community Strategic Plan and Official Plan policies, especially in the areas of urban design, public art, signage, by articulating through oral, written and visual measures the merits and potential of built and natural attributes in private and public developments undertaken in the community; Helps to build community capacity advancing the esteem held for the quality of the municipality’s overall attractiveness and its relationships to health and prosperity of the community. Develops and documents guidelines and standards to achieve optimal functioning and physical appearance of the community; Develops and participates in public consultation and other outreach exercises which cultivate the values ascribed to “civic image” in Windsor’s Official Plan; Investigates matters of strategic and/or systemic significance pertaining to buildings and infrastructure installations in the municipality and their relationships to parks, public spaces, and natural areas and reports on findings in planning studies, planning policy development and implementation, and in evaluations of development proposals; Develops and administers term projects advancing strategic community design and development initiatives; Assists in the preparation of design concepts for and/or design review of selected municipal capital projects; Researches emerging trends and best practices in all dimensions of urban and environmental design; Monitors performance of various municipal urban design and open space projects according to adopted criteria; Provides expert evidence before the OMB and other tribunals; Leads, participates in, and advises multidisciplinary project teams. Will perform Occupational Health & Safety duties as outlined in the Corporation’s Health and Safety Program.  Will perform other related duties as required.


  • Must have a University degree in Architecture, Landscape Architecture or Urban Design and a minimum of four (4) years of experience in the design and planning of public space, particularly in the writing and implementation of design policies and performance standards in consultation with the public, ideally gained through BOTH private and public sector work situations;
  • Must hold current membership or completion of two (2) years related experience in order to make application towards membership as a Registered Professional Planner with the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI), or Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP), or the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) or Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA);
  • Must have the ability to travel to off site locations in a timely and expedient manner as required.  If method of travel is by vehicle, a current valid and lawful Driver's Licence is required in accordance with the Highway Traffic Act and must provide a driver’s abstract as a condition of employment.
  • Must have knowledge of the Ontario Planning Act, the development review process, planning legislation and provincial policy;
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite of products, including Word, Excel, Microsoft Outlook,
  • Must be proficient in in CAD software, Land based information systems and Adobe InDesign and other graphic software packages;
  • Must have excellent communication, presentation, organizational and interpersonal skills;
  • Must have the ability to solve problems and meet deadlines under pressure;
  • Must have proven ability to work in a team environment;
  • Should have knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, its regulations and knowledge of the hazards associated with the work;
  • Post-Graduate degree in Urban Planning, Urban Design, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Economics, Public Administration and/or Environmental Science combined with a professional membership in OPPI, OAA, CIP, or OALA would be considered an asset;
  • Candidates who are invited for an interview must present a concise and diverse portfolio of professional work encompassing design of built environments and including examples of principles, policies, guidelines and by-laws for some.
  • Given that this job is a new position a Physical Demands analysis will be completed with the incumbent after approximately six months of occupying the position.


  • Only those applicants selected for an interview will be acknowledged.
  • We offer a smoke-free office environment.
  • Personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, c. 25 as amended, and will be used to determine eligibility for employment. 
  • The Corporation of the City of Windsor is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code, the City of Windsor will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.  If selected to participate in the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, please inform the City of Windsor Human Resources staff of the nature of any accommodation(s) that you may require in respect of any materials or processes used to ensure your equal participation.