Julia Sjaarda, MCIP, RPP

Julia is a land use planner in Gowling WLG's Toronto office, working in the municipal, real estate and development area. Julia is a member of the firm's national Expropriation Law Group and national Municipal Law Group.

Julia works with both private and public sector clients across Ontario and has been involved in the full spectrum of land use planning, including complex commercial, residential and institutional projects, infill projects, and rural/agricultural planning. Her responsibilities include the coordination and management of various development applications, including official plan amendments, zoning by-law amendments, site plan approvals, consents and minor variances.

Julia conducts research, prepares memoranda and provides planning advice as part of the due diligence work conducted by the firm's lawyers.

Julia also assists with Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (formerly the Ontario Municipal Board) hearings, and is a full member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) and the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP).

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2018

    • Career
      Zelinka Priamo Ltd. – Planner
  • 2017

    • Career
      CreateTO (formerly the Toronto Port Lands Company) – Junior Planner
    • Community
      Plan Canada Editorial Board – Board Member (2017–2019)
    • Education
      Queen’s University, Master of Urban and Regional Planning
  • 2015

    • Education
      University of Toronto, BA (Hons.)


  • Full Member, Ontario Professional Planners Institute
  • Full Member, Canadian Institute of Planners
  • Member, Ontario Expropriation Association