Legal Counsel - Planning & Development

  • City of Vaughan
  • Vaughan, Ontario, Canada
  • Nov 29, 2021
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel) Lawyer (Public Sector)

Job Description

Company Bio

Vaughan is a city on the move. With a downtown core rising from the ground – the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre containing a bustling subway, a state-of-the-art hospital that opened its doors in 2021 – the Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital, exciting projects that are transforming the community. Be a part of something amazing and build your career at the City of Vaughan.

The City of Vaughan is an equal opportunity employer serving one of the fastest-growing municipalities in Canada, we are an organization committed to diversity and inclusivity, providing a thriving work environment, excellent benefits, learning and growth opportunities and a place where collaboration and teamwork are fostered. As one of the Greater Toronto’s Top Employers for 2021 , we continuously employ workplace best-practices – and they’re getting noticed! Excellence demands brilliant personalities, visionary thinking and a passion for public service. Vaughan is your place to grow.
Position Overview
The Legal Services Department is growing and seeking an experienced Planning & Development lawyer. Reporting to the Deputy City Solicitor, Planning & Real Estate Law, your duties will include:

  • Providing a full range of legal services, opinions, and advice to City Council, Senior

Management and staff, regarding planning and development municipal matters.

  • Appearing before courts and tribunals, including the Ontario Land Tribunal.
  • Providing clear and concise advice with respect to all aspects of municipal planning and

land use development matters.

  • Drafting reports and providing advice to Council in both public and in-camera forums.
  • Managing the appeals filed to the Ontario Land Tribunal in regards to the City’s new

Comprehensive Zoning By-law
Qualifications and Experience

  • Member in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario
  • Minimum of 5 years of planning law experience in a private or public sector
  • Experience appearing before the Ontario Land Tribunal
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills as well as negotiations skills, with a

demonstrated ability to provide sound legal advice to Members of Council, Senior
Management and City staff.

The City of Vaughan has an employee-focused culture with an emphasis on health and wellness, work-life balance, and family benefits.
Employment Equity

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please be advised, the City of Vaughan uses email to communicate with applicants for open job competitions. The City of Vaughan has implemented a mandatory vaccine policy for all its employees. The City will comply with its human rights obligations, make exceptions for applicable medical conditions and accommodate employees legally entitled to accommodation.

The City of Vaughan is committed to diversity and inclusivity in employment and welcomes applications from qualified individuals of diverse backgrounds. The City of Vaughan is also committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs.


Practice Area(s)

planning law