First listed on: 12 June 2019

Planning Investigations Officer

About the City
City of Greater Geelong is Victoria’s largest regional municipality providing services to a growing population of 244,000 residents across 1247km2 comprised of urban, suburban, rural and coastal environments located 75km from Melbourne. The spectacular beauty of the natural environment and the creative design and historical significance of its built environment make the municipality a major tourism magnet for local and international visitors.

Our people take pride in their work and are committed to making a positive impact in the lives of residents of the Geelong region. Employees are provided with engaging and rewarding work and a culture of respect and collaboration. On offer are professional development opportunities, flexible working arrangements, parental leave – 14 weeks paid leave, health & wellbeing program, discounted gym memberships at council facilities and the opportunity to be part of a dedicated and professional team, working together for the community.

About the City Development Department
This department is part of our Planning and Development Division, and is responsible for the provision of information, advice and assistance regarding municipal building services, planning permits, planning scheme amendments and rezoning.

About the Role
This position provides an investigative service to facilitate the assessment and compliance of planning permits and related approvals for all forms of proposed land use and development in the municipality. The position also involves providing a professional and customer focused advisory service to a range of internal and external stakeholders and the community.

Some of the key responsibilities in this role will include:

  1. Investigate complaints from the public and/or other Council Departments for compliance with land use planning and development legislation, the planning scheme and or planning permits.
  2. Carry out inspections, interviews and research to ascertain compliance with the Planning Scheme, Planning Permit conditions and or other requirements relating to the land use or development.  This may involve investigations outside of business hours.
  3. Provide effective written and verbal communications with property owners, occupiers and other customers of their rights and obligations under the provisions of land use planning and development legislation, the planning scheme and planning permits.
  4. Assist and prepare Planning Infringement Notices, correspondence through the  Magistrates’ Court and enforcement orders at VCAT and/or other forums as required.
  5. Develop and maintain appropriate registers and records relating to complaints and other matters investigated, the action taken and resolution.
  6. Assist with appropriate development, coordination, integration and provision of regulatory services.

About You

To be successful in this role, you will require:

  1. A theoretical and practical knowledge and ability to interpret Town Planning legislation and practices and associated legislation.
  2. Awareness of current trends and issues affecting town planning.
  3. Current Drivers Licence
  4. Tertiary Qualification in Town Planning, Urban Studies or a suitably related discipline is desirable.
  5. Industry experience or experience in a similar role is desirable

Applications and Enquiries
Click the Position Description link to view more information about this position. Applicants must address the Key Selection Criteria as listed in the position description.

Enquiries: John Rush | 03 5272 4033 |

Applications close 5:00pm Friday 28 June 2019.

Position Description

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City of Greater Geelong values equal opportunity, fairness and enjoys a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, and people of all other cultural backgrounds.

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