The Department is pleased to announce that Mr. Matthew Trott has been recently promoted to the post of Planner!
Congratulations and all the best in your new role, Matthew!
We asked Matthew to share with us what led him to the career of planning and this is what he said:
“I chose planning as a profession because I was interested in helping to create places where people wanted to live, work and play. My planning degree was within the Faculty of Environment, however I was interested not only in the environmental ideals but also the social and economic ones and I have always approached planning in that manner.
I began working in the Department of Planning as a Trainee Planner in 2013 and have recently been promoted to the Planner post. In the Department, I have worked in Development Management and in the Forward Planning sections.
Over the years, as my ideas have evolved, I have come to understand that the best way to allow for healthy places to develop is to allow for many (if not most) decisions to be made by individuals in the community. The Department of Planning can contribute to the quality of these decisions not only through preserving a base level of land use orderliness, but also through disseminating verified factual information that will help ordinary people make informed decisions.
I am excited about the Department’s move to engage more with the public and look forward to working within the Department in contributing to wise decision making. I look forward to organizing various planning matters and communicating the information clearly to communities.
I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Waterloo, Canada. I am a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners”