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Leah Birnbaum, Urban Planning Consultant

 

 

RECENT PROJECTS:

International Urban Cooperation Program
Canadian Urban Institute, 2019
Researching and writing a series of articles on seven pairs of cities that are collaborating under the EU's International Urban Cooperation Program.

Stakeholder Engagement Summaries
Imagine Canada, 2019
Designed, delivered and reported on a Canada-wide stakeholder engagement process as Imagine Canada reviewed the standards for its member organizations in the charitable sector. With Department of Words & Deeds.

Communications Workshop
Canadian Urban Institute, 2018 and 2019
Developed and delivered two communications workshops to students at Ryerson and at the University of Toronto as part of CUI's City-Building Leadership Program.

Pedestrian Strategies and Mobility Plans
City of Toronto Transportation Services, 2018
Researched and analyzed pedestrian planning policies in six of Toronto's peer cities to provide input into an update of Toronto's mobility plans.

TOcore, Toronto’s Downtown Plan
City of Toronto, 2017-2018
Provided writing and editing services to TOcore as it developed Toronto's Downtown Plan and its five associated infrastructure strategies. With Lynn Morrow Consulting.

United Church of Canada
EDGE: A Network for Ministry Development, 2018 -
Working with EDGE to develop a strategy for supporting United Church congregations that want to renew or redevelop their lands.

Robot Talks: Workplace Automation Study
Brookfield Institute, 2017-2018
Qualitative data analysis and report writing to summarize information gathered through public engagement on the impacts of workplace automation on Ontario’s workers. With Department of Words & Deeds.

Autonomous Vehicles in the GTHA
Transform: Transportation and Land Use Planning Research Laboratory at Ryerson University, 2017
Facilitated a series of focus groups to explore participants' interest in and attitudes towards driverless cars. Authored the summary report.

ResilientTO
City of Toronto Resilience Office, 2017
Provided writing and editing services to ResilientTO as the team worked to assess Toronto's resilience and develop a Resilience Strategy. Toronto is part of the 100RC network of cities receiving support from the Rockefeller Foundation to assess and increase resilience.

Mediation Pilot Project
City of Toronto, 2017
The City piloted a mediation program to assist in resolving disputes related to minor variance and consent applications. Provided neutral professional planning advice to the parties and the mediators. Published an article on the mediation program in the Ontario Planning Journal.

Bloor West Village Avenue Study
City of Toronto, 2017
Senior planner with the team preparing an Avenue Study for Bloor Street West between Keele Avenue and the Humber River. Led by DTAH, with R.E. Millward and Associates.

Adjunct Lecturer
Ryerson University School of Urban and Regional Planning, Fall, 2016
Designed and taught a seminar on regional planning to undergraduate students at the School of Urban and Regional Planning.

Ontario Municipal Board Reform
Client: Regional Planning Commissioners of Ontario, 2016
Researched and wrote a report with recommendations for how to reform the Ontario Municipal Board in advance of the provincially mandated OMB review. With Urban Strategies Inc. Final report: Reforming the Ontario Municipal Board: Five Actions for Change.

Yonge + Eglinton Built Form Study
City of Toronto, 2016-2019
Planner on the built form study team making policy recommendations to update the City of Toronto's secondary plan for Yonge + Eglinton. With Perkins + Will.

Project on Regional Resilience
University of Toronto, 2015
Managed a research project on issues of fiscal, environmental, economic and social resilience for the Greater Golden Horseshoe region. This project was funded by a grant from the Places to Grow Implementation Fund. Second author on the resulting academic publication, Toward Regional Resilience in Toronto: From Diagnosis to Action.

Getting Growth on Track
Ryerson City Building Institute, 2015
Convened experts to find policy solutions, tools, and approaches to strengthen the links between transit investments and planning. Interviewed participants and analyzed the results of their working session into a Ryerson City Building Report: Getting Growth on Track.

Light Rail Case Studies
Metrolinx, 2015
Researched and wrote the case study chapter exploring community benefits associated with light rail transit projects in six North American cities. With planningAlliance. Final Report: Sheppard (PDF), Final Report: Finch (PDF).