Senior Planner - Development

Planning · Toronto, Ontario
Department Planning
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

Position Summary


SvN Architects + Planners is looking for a Senior Planner Proposal to join our award-winning team. The role of the Senior Planner- Development is to work with the SvN team to deliver pragmatic and forward-thinking plans, reports and strategies that support our private and public sector clients navigate the development process from project conception to municipal approvals.



  • Seamlessly marry the practices of planning and design;
  • Lead a range of development studies and planning approvals projects for both public and private sector clients;
  • Work with the Architecture team to analyse the development potential of various sites and incorporate good planning principles into SvN’s designs;
  • Collaborate with a range of subject matter expert teams to position, pursue and deliver great projects that have a positive city-building impact on the growth and vibrancy of the GTHA;
  • Mentor and supervise the work of junior and intermediate planners, to facilitate their continued growth within the planning profession;
  • Work with colleagues to broaden the area of practice to tackle critical urban issues;
  • Increase SvN’s visibility through articles and publications, awards submissions, presentations, networking and participation in the broader community of planning and design professionals.



  • Masters Degree in Planning;
  • Minimum six years of experience in urban planning in North America; development planning and approvals experience in Toronto and the GTA an asset;
  • Fluent and deep experience with Provincial, Regional and Municipal Policy (Growth Planning, Supportive ‘Infrastructure’ Planning (e.g. Transportation and Movement, Housing), Secondary Plans, Framework Plans, Hub/Corridor Studies, etc.;
  • Development Planning and Planning Approvals Management expertise, including the authorship or coordination of planning rationales, design justifications, and other planning reports required for municipal approvals;
  • Community Design experience (Area Specific Design Framework + Policy Development + Parameters for the Built and Public Realm Environments);
  • Solid understanding of the range of Housing issues and priorities in the City of Toronto including the delivery of affordable housing, seniors housing and neighbourhood infill;
  • Experience in the following areas is an asset:
    • Public-Private Partnerships/ Third-Party Delivery Mechanisms;
    • Development Management;
    • Social and Environmental Sustainability Planning + Design.


About SvN Architects + Planners


SvN is one of Canada’s premier integrated design firms with a multidisciplinary team of architects, planners, urban designers and landscape architects engaged with the dynamic social, economic and environmental forces that define and govern where we live and work.

SvN was formed in 2015 through the amalgamation of the work (and brands) of planningAlliance and regionalArchitects, assuring continuity of an ‘integrated’ planning and design practice founded in 1978. Since its inception, SvN’s primary foci have remained policy and design around the primary issues facing our rapidly changing urban and regional environments- in our present-day milieu, our work is uniquely focused on housing and mobility.

SvN offers comprehensive services to governments, landowners, transit authorities and non-governmental organizations. We work in towns, cities and regions experiencing rapid growth, transitioning social structures and changing economies, at home and internationally. 


Our experience working from the gathering of constraint information and formation of vision, to the formation of concept, development of “framework” (policy or design), through to construction, allows us to provide a unique suite of services. We work at nearly every scale and from project conception through completion, anticipating at all stages the challenges that come with complex development.


We take an integrated approach to design that is not limited to managing a good, policy-oriented process, but one that is rigorous, creative, respectful and comprehensive. We deliver work that results in pragmatic and forward-thinking community solutions with a goal to re-set the relationship between buildings, landscape and infrastructure.


Some of our most significant contributions to the fabric of the GTHA include the Reconfiguration of the Six Points Interchange, Shoppers World Brampton Master Plan, Eglinton Connects Planning + Urban Design Study, the Dundas Connects Land Use and Transportation Master Plan and the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Urban Design Guidelines.


Why Choose SvN?


SvN offers a competitive salary, full health and dental benefits, a generous professional development allowance and a group retirement savings plan with a matching component, in addition to many fun social events throughout the year!

Our bright, open, collaborative studio is located at 110 Adelaide Street East, in a historical building near the St. Lawrence market in downtown Toronto. During the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic our studio transitioned to a virtual work environment; however, we are looking forward to returning to the studio, while also embracing the new hybrid work environment and the flexibility it provides.

How to apply:

Candidates may apply through our Bamboo HR platform linked via our website.

As an employer committed to employment equity, SvN encourages applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions. We encourage members of equity-seeking groups to self-identify within their cover letter in their application.

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