Land Use Planner

Job No: 91718
Location: South West Slopes region, NSW

  • Newly created opportunity for a Land Use Planner in growing Local Government 
  • Flexible 9-day fortnight allowing you to make the most of your free time
  • Competitive salary circa $79,128.40-$87,672 per annum + super and relocation assistance

About Hilltops Council and the South West Slopes

Hilltops Council was established on May 12, 2016 and includes the former council areas of Boorowa, Harden and Young in New South Wales. Supporting over 20,000 people, Council's highest priority as a new council is to ensure continued and consistent delivery of the many local services valued by these communities. 

Hilltops Council is located within the South West Slopes region of NSW which runs from the lower inland slopes of the Great Dividing Range extending from north of Cowra through southern NSW into western Victoria. This is a beautiful part of NSW with wineries, vineyards, cherry orchards and gourmet food shops, just some of the local attractions that draw tourists to the region each year. And located only one and a half hours from Canberra, Young offers a great country lifestyle, just a hop, skip and a jump from the city. 

Your new career awaits

Due to recent growth, Hilltops Council has an exciting, newly created opportunity for a Land Use Planner to join the Council's Sustainable Growth Team on a full-time basis. This is a 35 hrs per week, nine-day fortnight role based at any of Council's service centres on either a permanent or rotating/rostered basis. 

Reporting to the Manager, Land Use Planning, your primary responsibility will be to provide development assessment and development control services to the Council and the community, as well as quality land use advice. In this autonomous role you may be required to act as an expert witness, on behalf of the Council. You will be required to provide consistent, professional planning advice across Council's three service centres in Boorowa, Harden and Young.

Specific daily duties will include:

  • Assessing land use applications in accordance with Council’s policies, procedures and relevant legislation;
  • Responding to counter and other planning enquiries;
  • Contributing to the development of planning policies and procedures;
  • Preparing written planning reports for presentation to Council;
  • Attending meetings, workshops and forums on behalf of Council, as well as documenting the outcomes of pre-lodgement meetings; and
  • Liaising with various government departments on land use matters;

The successful candidate will be tertiary qualified in urban and regional planning or equivalent, with a sound level of practical experience in relation to development assessment and development control within the legislative framework of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979.

You must have excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to negotiate and consult with a range of stakeholders. As this role will involve the handling of formal legal reports, you must also be able to translate legal jargon into everyday speak and communicate complex issues in a clear and simple manner.

Previous Local Government experience will be highly regarded, as will an advanced level of computer literacy. Most importantly, the ideal candidate will be a confident, motivated planning professional, with a strong level of commitment to customer service and community focused outcomes.

For a full Position Description please click here.

Please note: To be eligible for this role you must hold a current Driver’s License and be willing to undertake a standard medical screening.

Why work for Hilltops Council

As a newly created Council, Hilltops Council is filled with driven, passionate people who have a singular focus to provide the best possible service to the communities in which they operate. They are always on the look-out for like-minded individuals to join their team and offer a highly collaborative and progressive work environment. 

The successful candidate will be offered a competitive salary package circa $79,128.40-$87,672 plus super, negotiable with skills and experience. Relocation assistance is negotiable for the right candidate and there is also an option to lease a Council vehicle or, alternatively a vehicle will be available for work-related travel.

Working a 9-day fortnight of 35 hours per week, your hours will usually be flexible so you can take a 3-day weekend and make the most of your time in this beautiful region!

If you are a qualified Land Use Planner looking to take the next big step in your career – Apply Now! 





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