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Brampton launches process to create vision for a future ready city


​BRAMPTON, ON – The City of Brampton has hired two of Canada’s leaders in urban planning and municipal management to lead a consultation with citizens that sets out a comprehensive vision for the city as it grows over the next 25 years.

Rob Elliott has been hired as the City’s Commissioner of Planning and Development Services. He comes to the City from the Region of Peel, where he most recently served as Director of Development Services, helping to plan and implement strategies in support of healthy communities, social housing and urban development. A trusted leader with strong Brampton roots, Elliott has proven success in building effective, results-driven teams in the Finance, Health and Planning divisions at the Region. His inherent understanding of Brampton’s unique needs and his established relationships with local and regional stakeholders and partners make him a pivotal addition to the City. His first day will be May 15.

Larry Beasley, the internationally acclaimed urban visionary, has also been retained as an advisor to assist Elliott in leading a consultation with the community to develop a “future ready” vision that will position Brampton as a North American leader in urban planning and design.

As Co-Chief Planner in Vancouver, Beasley led the transformation of the inner city. Founding Beasley and Associates, he then built visionary city models around the world. In Dallas, Texas, with new organization and strategic interventions, he helped reposition the city for design excellence and sustainability. In Abu Dhabi, UAE, he founded the Urban Planning Council, one of the most progressive planning agencies in the Middle East, and led the design of master plans for cities and towns, including a new national capital. He has provided urban design and planning leadership in Moscow, Rotterdam, Canberra, Scandinavia and many Canadian cities. He is a professor and author on city change and a Member of the Order of Canada.

This unique partnership is the first step in developing the planning vision for Brampton’s future as a connected, inclusive and innovative city. The next step will be to develop an action plan to chart the path forward with the community. More details will be presented at the Committee of Council meeting on May 17.

Quotes:
“The City of Brampton is undergoing amazing growth and is quickly becoming a city to watch in setting out an innovative plan for the future. I am honoured to be joining the team and to work with my colleagues, Council and the local community to build a vibrant community where our residents are proud to live.”
- Rob Elliott, Incoming Commissioner of Planning and Development Services (Effective May 15)


“I believe Brampton has the elements in place to make it a model for the transformation of suburban communities for maximum livability, sustainability and resiliency. With its proximity to transit, an international airport and its position in Canada’s high-tech corridor between Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo, along with its historic community assets, the City of Brampton has the right components to make it a model for other North American cities to follow.”
- Larry Beasley, Founding Principal, Beasley and Associates Inc.


“We have heard from Council, community leaders and employees that Brampton needs to think bigger about its future while respecting its history. This partnership is a winning formula that will ensure Brampton is a future ready city that can compete on a national and global scale.”
- Harry Schlange, Chief Administrative Officer

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Brampton is thinking bigger. We are a future ready organization with a sharp focus. We know our community’s growth, youth and diversity set us apart. We sit at the centre of Canada’s innovation super corridor, encouraging investment and growing our global success. We are building vibrant urban centres that ignite opportunity and instill pride in the people who live and work here. We are moving Brampton forward to be a connected city that is innovative, inclusive and bold. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Learn more at www.brampton.ca.

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