Planner II – Urban Design, Graphics Visualization Regular Full Time Requisition ID: 3601 Salary Range: $77,105 to $86,637 Annually
The City of Markham is proud to be recognized for the 3rd consecutive year as one of Canada’s Best Employers, and ranked in the top three for Government Services by Forbes and Statista Inc! The City of Markham is a dynamic and change-oriented leader that stands out from other Canadian municipalities. The recipient of multiple environmental awards, we are recognized for our innovative sustainability and urban planning initiatives as much as for our fiscal accountability. More than 353,000 residents call Markham home and benefit from our rich heritage, culturally diverse environment, vibrant local economy and focus on quality of life.
Applications are now being accepted for this Planner II – Urban Design, Graphics Visualization position in the Planning and Urban Design Department of the Development Services Commission. While all applications will be received, current members of CUPE Local 905 (Inside Workers) will be given first consideration. To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter online at www.markham.ca/careers by December 5, 2023.
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JOB SUMMARY The Planner II – Urban Design / Graphics Visualization is responsible for preparing and updating architectural/urban design technical drawings and graphics related to Planning/Urban Design Studies and development applications through the planning process, and to support decision making under legislated planning requirements and prescribed timing/deadlines related to Bill 109/23.
The Planner II – Urban Design / Graphics Visualization position will also prepare and maintain visual products to support planning, urban design and architectural visualization, thematic and legislative mapping by creating audience-targeted, engaging visual materials for consumption by the public, Council and stakeholders using a variety of source material, client content, site visit information, data (text and/or image files) and relevant software applications for digital or print publication and/or display.
The position is also responsible for providing professional design graphic advice to support the preparation of design graphics to illustrate site planning, built form, streetscape, and landscape architecture, applicable to official plan amendments, re-zoning, subdivision, minor variance, severance, and site plan applications.
KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
In an inter-disciplinary team environment, you will undertake the following:
Create architectural/urban design graphics and drawings to support the analysis of development applications and internal decision making, within time-based constraints of applicable Planning legislation and related processes;
Support the Urban Design group in the review and processing of development applications, special studies and projects by generating 3D modelling of development proposals and/or concepts, including renderings and illustrations;
Generate and contribute towards innovative graphic design solutions by preparing/maintaining planning related visual documents, presentations, brochures, displays, graphics, CAD and 3D models (including fly/walk/drive through scenarios), and thematic maps that support the operational needs of the City’s Planning and Urban Design function, including content to support staff attending Ontario Land Tribunal proceedings, community consultation meetings and/or events;
Prepare analysis and peer review for line of sight analysis, visual impacts assessments, skyline and view corridors, sun/shadow modelling;
Prepare, maintain and verify mapping requirements related to the Official Plan and Zoning By-law initiatives
Participate in the development of the City’s 3D Model
Retrieve, manipulate and translate data from a variety of file formats and sources
Prepare captivating and engaging reports publications for digital or print consumption
Liaise and consult with City staff regarding graphic design needs and methods of conveying intended messages to targeted audiences
Arrange for production of communications materials, obtaining quotes, and negotiating deadlines with internal and external suppliers
Work with other departments, such as Corporate Communications to ensure compliance with City/AODA requirements in relation to special initiatives and projects
Identify/recommend new and cost-effective operational and software needs required for design and graphic production methods
Develop new graphic visualization initiatives to promote the City's Urban Design agenda
Work with the latest technologies including AMANDA and E-Plan
Perform other duties as assigned
REQUIRED SKILLS & COMPETENCIES
Post-secondary education in an applied design, graphic design, technology or related program, or a combination of education and 3 to 5 years of related experience;
Well-developed presentation and graphic communication skills with demonstrated experience in visualization, producing plans, maps, CAD and 3D models, GIS (cartography/geomatics), renderings, digital and print publications/displays including ability to create, modify and manipulate planning and urban design concepts/proposals to support decision making and Departmental initiatives;
Knowledge of Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suites, ESRI ArcGIS, AutoCAD/AutoDesk (Revit), SketchUp, Project Dox and AMANDA are an asset;
Awareness of the Planning and municipal approval processes, such as the Official Plan Amendment, Zoning By-law Amendment, Site Plan Control etc.,
Familiarity with Urban Design with an understanding of built form, public realm and community design
Able to read and understand architectural and landscape drawings including Site Plans, Draft Plans of Subdivision, Floor Plans, Elevations, Streetscape, Details, Grading and Strata Plans;
Able to successfully negotiate and liaise, using communication, interpersonal, customer service and leadership skills, with internal and external stakeholders
Able to meet deadlines under pressure using strong organizational, time management and problem solving skills with minimum direct supervision
Creative & goal-oriented with the ability to add value to projects and design solutions
Service Excellence: Meets or exceeds service standards when interacting with customers in the community and in the organization.
Change & Innovation: Responds positively and professionally to change and helps others through change.
Teamwork & Relationship Building: Interacts with others in an inclusive, collaborative and respectful way that creates effective working relationships.
Communication: Communicates in a clear, professional and respectful way; demonstrates active listening.
Accountable & Results Oriented: Demonstrates ethical behaviour and accountability, aligns with City values, and abides by relevant policies and legislation.
Management & Leadership: Demonstrates self-management, professionalism and engagement; leads by example.
The City of Markham is committed to inclusive, accessible and barrier free employment practices and to creating a workplace that reflects and supports the diversity of the community we serve. Please let us know if you require an accommodation and we will work with you to ensure a barrier free hiring process.
The City of Markham, an award-winning municipality with more than 355,000 residents, is Canada’s high-tech capital and most diverse community, enjoying a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Committed to being a model of public service excellence, with a workforce that is representative of the population we serve, we are looking for people who share our values and are champions of innovative practices. Diversity is one of Markham’s strategic priorities, and we strive to develop and maintain an environment that is inclusive and creates a sense of belonging for all.
We are pleased to be named one of Canada's Best Employers for 2022 and the best City employer by Forbes for the second consecutive year. The City of Markham is ranked in the top two for Government Services and 15th among the 300 employers on the list, advancing from 18th place in 2021.