Development Planning Manager - Palmerston North City Council

Reference Number: 565855aa

Location: Palmerston North Manawatu

Palmerston North is a vibrant, progressive and ambitious city. The city is experiencing growth in all sectors and competes with other regional centres amidst technological and demographic change for capital, talent and visitors.

In this context Palmerston North City Council (PNCC) provides services to 90,000 residents, employing 600 staff across a broad range of functions. PNCC is leading a bold new vision for Palmerston North: small city benefits, big city ambition that will help the metro achieve its potential, capitalise on its strengths, and thrive in the future. To support its transformation, PNCC is currently seeking expressions of interest for a Development and Planning Manager.

Reporting to the Chief Infrastructure Officer, the Development and Planning Manager will lead the team that provides pre-construction services across all Council asset groups. These services are crucial to key Council stakeholders, ensuring that projects incorporate all required pre-construction activities, and that these activities can be fully costed into project budgets.

Excellent stakeholder engagement, both internally and externally, lies at the heart of this role, and will drive alignment between developers, asset user groups and Council’s vision in this area. A background in development planning – inside or outside local government – will be important for an effective transition into the team. Also crucial is team leadership, which will support and promote an efficient, customer-centric culture that aligns the team’s services with the City strategic drivers and regulatory requirements.


For those seeking a fantastic opportunity in in a vibrant regional centre, this role is a compelling next step.

To apply in strict confidence now, please complete the ‘apply for this job’ application form, attaching your cover letter and CV. Emails will be electronically acknowledged and further correspondence may be by email.


Click here to view the Position Description. 


For more information please phone Nicholas Buck on +64 0274 474 5366.

To apply use application form or email

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