Planner-in-Residence -2015-2016: Paul E. Johnston

The School of Planning was pleased to host Paul Johnston as the Planner-in-Residence for the 2015-2016 academic year. The program provides students and professors with a unique opportunity to interact with professionals who are leaders in their field. The Planner-in-Residence program is sponsored by the University of Waterloo Planning Alumni of Toronto.

About Paul Johnston

Paul E. Johnston, MCIP, RPP
City Planner and Planning Consultant

Photo of Paul JohnstonPaul is a professional planner with over 35 years experience directing a wide range of assignments for land owners, commercial and institutional clients, municipalities and resident groups throughout the GTA, Ontario and the United States. Paul co-founded Kentridge Johnston Limited, Planning Consultants in 1983, the predecessor to Johnston Litavski Ltd. Since 2003, Paul has been responsible for the overall management of the firm and maintaining the high quality of professional services provided by the firm.

Paul regularly provides expert planning evidence before Ontario Courts and the Ontario Municipal Board on all aspects of municipal planning, provincial policy, land use planning and development.

His area of expertise includes the development and/or assessment of land development proposals including comprehensive community plans, urban infill and redevelopment, brownfield sites, retail development, urban area expansion, recreation/resort and rural and small settlements. Projects involve official plan amendments, secondary plans, draft plans of subdivision, zoning amendment, site plan approval, consent and minor variance applications.

Paul provides advise concerning land use compatibility of surrounding sensitive land uses on behalf of major industrial clients (Kraft Foods, Mondelez Canada, Lafarge Canada, Atlantic Packaging and Toronto Industry Network). He has provided review and direction of supporting technical studies and coordination of multi disciplinary consulting teams. He has directed route, site selection and expropriation studies undertaken on behalf of provincial and municipal agencies.

Paul is a member of Lambda Alpha International, an honourary land economics society and serves on the executive of the Simcoe (Toronto) Chapter. He travels widely and is a keen observer of urban affairs, urban design and city life both locally and internationally. Paul lives with his wife Lisa in Port Credit.