Brian T. Parker, MCIP, RPP Registered Planner


Primary phone: +1 416-369-7248

Fax: +1 416-369-7250

Email: brian.parker@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Toronto



Brian T. Parker, MCIP, RPP

Brian Parker is a registered professional planner in Gowling WLG's Toronto office, working in the municipal, real estate and development area.

Brian entered the real estate consulting field in 1986 and has been involved in a broad range of complex land-use planning assignments. He has provided expert opinion, research and evaluation services to a wide range of public and private-sector clients.

Brian's planning skills include delivery of the full range of planning service: provincial and municipal planning policy analysis; subdivision planning and processing; official plan, zoning and site plan approvals; and highest and best use planning appraisals.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 1987

    • Education
      1987
      London School of Economics and Political Science, M.Sc. in Land Economics
  • 1985

    • Education
      1985
      Ryerson University, B.Sc. in Land Planning

Memberships

  • American Planning Association
  • Canadian Institute of Planners, MCIP, RPP
  • Ontario Professional Planning Institute GTHBA - UDI

Brian has presented the following articles and presentations to a number of publications and associations:

  • A Development Permit System for the City of Toronto, 2014
  • Re-visiting the City of Toronto Zoning Bylaw, 2010-2012
  • Bill 51 - The Torrid Pace of Provincial Planning Reform Continues, 2006
  • Bill 135 and Bill 136, A New Approach to Growth Management for Canada’s Economic Engine, 2004
  • Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Act, 2001
  • “Land Development In Ontario - Bill 20, Towards Cutting Red Tape”, 1996
  • “Bill 163 – Flawed Attempt at Planning Reform”, 1995
  • “Community Strategic Planning – An Overview”, 1994
  • “An Aggregate Resource Policy for Haldimand Township”, 1992

Insights & Resources

Brian's representative work includes a variety of engagements, several of which are briefly described below:

  • Feasibility analysis of various proposed community plans in the GTA. Investigated compliance with existing and emerging provincial planning instruments. Relative to the existing settlement pattern, analysis included appropriateness of subdivision design, lotting/block configuration, orientation of uses, adequacy of access linkages, overall density/servicing levels, natural environment considerations including adequacy of ground and surface water discharge.
  • Provided total range of land planning functions to a resort developer, from preliminary site planning to municipal negotiations to implementation relating to a resort community in Northern Ontario. Negotiations included all forms of development and servicing agreements, condominium and subdivision approvals through to registration.
  • Engaged in the full range of Planning Act approvals associated with numerous development and redevelopment projects including recently:
    • Canderel Stoneridge (Toronto Waterfront, College Park)
    • Pollak Design (Yonge/Strathgowan, Toronto)
    • Weston (St. Clair) Centre, Toronto
    • Great Gulf Homes (1 Bloor Street, Toronto)
    • TDL Group (Toronto, Oakville)
    • Agro-Farma Canada Inc. (Kingston)
    • Samuel Strapping Co. (Scarborough, Mississauga)
    • Fiera Properties (Richview Centre, Etobicoke)
    • General Electric Canada (Mississauga, Markham)
    • Bodycote PLC (Mississauga)
    • Belfield Investments Inc. (Markham)

Brian possesses a thorough working knowledge of Ontario’s Environmental legislation:

  • Represented a financial institution in the Ministry of Transportation’s Environmental Assessment Study to determine the location and right-of way requirements for the proposed 401/407 Pickering/Ajax/Whitby Freeway Link. This Study was subject to the full requirements of the Environmental Assessment Act.
  • Managed numerous site assessment reports prepared in accordance with the Record of Site Condition Regulation (O. Reg. 153/04) related to Change of Use under the EPA

Respecting Brownfield redevelopment and the environment generally, management of the following development processes involving environmentally challenged/sensitive sites:

  • Residential (townhouse condominium) infill: Two de-commissioned Imperial Oil sites – Lakeshore Blvd. East and Dundas St., Mississauga;
  • Fletcher’s Meadow Secondary Plan formulation, Brampton;
  • Phase 1 ESA and New Toronto Secondary Plan;
  • EPA Land Use Compatibility (“D”) Guidelines, relating to industrial/residential interface issues - former York, Bradford and Scarborough sites;
  • Waterfront subdivision development, Town of the Blue Mountains;
  • Golf Course expansion, Pickering.

Brian also prepares and presents planning evidence before municipal councils, judicial boards and commissions, and local committees of adjustment and land division throughout Ontario.

Client work