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Gregg Lintern appointed Toronto’s new Chief Planner


The City of Toronto announced today that Gregg Lintern has been appointed as its new Chief Planner.

Gregg Lintern.

Incoming Chief Planner — and Acting Chief — Gregg Lintern is set to permanently replace Jennifer Keesmaat. Photo via City of Toronto.

Lintern has had a long-term history of working in municipal planning. His career of more than three decades started in the City of Etobicoke in 1984 and has taken him across the city to other communities. He rose through the ranks to become a Director of Community Planning for the Etobicoke York district in 2005 and the Toronto and East York district in 2011. Lintern was also Acting Chief Planner and the Executive Director of the City Planning division in 2012 and since September 2017.

Lintern has a proven track record in delivering transformative projects of both city-wide and local significance. He has led many significant projects at the City, including:

• Leading teams delivering TOcore, Yonge Eglinton Secondary Plan Review, Port Lands Planning Framework and other growth management frameworks

• Major transformative development projects including Mirvish Gehry, the Honest Ed’s site, the Lower Yonge Precinct Plan, and

• City building and policy reviews including Yonge-Dundas Revitalization, Woodbine Live!, Humber Bay Shores, Billy Bishop Airport and Regent Park.

“Gregg has the experience and depth of knowledge of this city to guide the planning of Toronto’s future,” said Mayor John Tory. “I’m confident City Planning under Gregg’s leadership will help Council build Toronto’s transit network, add more affordable housing and manage growth across the city.”

Lintern’s initial priority areas will include transit network expansion, affordable housing, improvements to the development review process and implementing Ontario Municipal Board reform. He will begin his new role on April 9.

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