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TJ Cieciura

President

T.J. began his planning career with Design Plan Services in 1995 after graduating from York University with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Canadian Public Policy and Administration. He joined the City of Mississauga’s Planning and Building Department in 1998 while pursuing a Master of Science degree in Planning and Development from the University of Guelph. T.J.’s employment with the City of Mississauga allowed him to gain experience in a variety of planning positions before returning to Design Plan Services in 2001.

T.J.’s experience includes working on official plan amendment, rezoning, site plan, minor variance, and consent files for industrial, commercial, institutional and residential developments. He has written municipal zoning by-laws and reports for city councils and committees of council, as well as making presentations in support of his work. He has also appeared in front of the Ontario Municipal Board as an expert planning witness on several occasions.

With years of experience working with members of the development industry, applicants, members of the public and municipal staff, T.J. has built extensive experience collaborating effectively with key industry stakeholders. A member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and the Canadian Institute of Planners, T.J. approaches his work with enthusiasm, professionalism and diligence.

T.J. has volunteered his time as a Contributing Editor for the Ontario Planning Journal, has been a member of various BILD chapters and committees, and is involved in volunteer work within the local community.

In 2014, T.J. became the president and majority shareholder of Design Plan Services following a smooth transition and purchase of the firm. This major milestone in the company’s history was marked by the implementation of an updated business plan to help Design Plan Services build upon its past success and continue to grow in the decades ahead.

Steven Qi

Planner

Steven joined Design Plan Services in the fall of 2017. He completed his Master’s degree in Urban Planning at the University of Waterloo. At Design Plan Services, Steven is working on a variety of projects, helping clients achieve official plan amendments, zoning by-law amendments, site plan approvals, minor variances, and many other planning related projects.

Prior to joining Design Plan Service, Steven worked as a planner at Urban Strategies, where he was involved in a range of projects, including master planning, development approvals, site-specific policy reviews, and transportation planning.

Steven is a full member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and the Canadian Institute of Planners.

Kimberley Harrison-McMillan

Project Manager/Planner

Kimberley joined Design Plan Services in the fall of 2019. With a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Honours) in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Waterloo and over 10 years as a Registered Professional Planner, Kimberley brings both private and public sector experience.

At Design Plan Services, Kimberley provides project management experience to the team assisting clients by overseeing the consultant team and development approval process at any stage to ensure cost and time efficiencies.

Prior to joining Design Plan Service, Kimberley was a Senior Project Manager for the Urban Team at the City of Hamilton, managing a team of planners and specialists to process development applications including approval recommendations, and previously a Senior Planner at FRAM Building Group. She has experience from land acquisition through to building permit issuance and turnover including Draft Plan of Subdivision, Draft Plan of Condominium, Official Plan Amendment, Zoning By-law Amendment, Site Plan Control and Minor Variance and Consent applications as well as Heritage and Demolition Permits. Kimberley has managed residential, commercial and institutional files throughout the GTA and Ontario developing relationships with municipal staff and the building industry, and presented to Council and Committees in support of her work. She is a full member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and the Canadian Institute of Planners.

Chris Marchese

Planner

Chris joined the Design Plan Services team in the summer of 2017. He graduated in 2020 with his bachelor's degree in Urban & Regional Planning at Ryerson University. Chris continues to further his knowledge in the planning field and has developed a strong interest in the process of land development within the province of Ontario over his career.

Since joining Design Plan Services, Chris has helped our team with planning matters such as; Official Plan amendments, Zoning by-law amendments, Minor Variances TLAB/LPAT preparation , as well as research and development feasibility. Chris is currently in the process of becoming a Registered Professional Planner and will become fully registered in 2022.

Jermaine DeCosta

Planning Technician

Jermaine joined Design Plan Services in the winter of 2019. Jermaine graduated from the Urban and Regional Planning Technicians (GIS) program at Mohawk College where he received his diploma and he also has a bachelor’s degree in Geography and Earth Sciences from McMaster University.

Throughout his planning education, Jermaine has learned and focused on land use planning principles, planning law, and GIS technologies with a strong interest in urban design. Since joining Design Plan Services, Jermaine has gained experience with working on various concept plans, site plans, condominium plans, and a variety of proposed subdivision designs.

Jermaine is currently an Associate Member of the Canadian Association of Certified Planning Technicians (CACPT) with goals of continuing his education to become a Registered Professional Planner and member of the Ontario Professional Planner Institute.

David Igelman

Junior Planner

David joined the Design Plan Services team in the winter of 2019. He has recently completed his bachelor's degree in Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University. During his time at Ryerson University, David has taken a keen interest in the land development process and land use planning system within Ontario as well as other jurisdictions in Canada.

Since joining Design Plan Services, David has assisted our team with a variety of planning matters such as; zoning by-law amendments, severances, minor variances, development feasibility research, and planning reports. David is currently a student member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and Canadian Institute of Planners. David will be progressing to become a Registered Professional Planner.

Nadine Cieciura

Office Manager and Partner

Nadine joined Design Plan Services in 2013 after 24 years in the dental field. Her long term experience in a fast paced office environment allowed her to seamlessly transition into a management role in Design Plan Services.

As office manager Nadine is responsible for human resources, bookkeeping, payroll, office space and general day to day management and running of the business. Her positive demeanour and dedication are a benefit to the office and the staff, and help keep the day to day planning work flowing well.

Walter Pasieka

Senior Designer

Walter has been involved in subdivision and neighbourhood design for over 30 years. During this period, he has prepared numerous plans for clients in diverse industries. In doing so, he has expanded his design capabilities while dealing with clients spanning all types of developments, files and applications.

With a solid and constantly growing understanding of zoning by-laws and architectural styles, Walter has had a positive impact on all aspects of subdivision and neighbourhood design. As a diligent and experienced designer, he has the skills to add value to any project or development.

Prior to joining Design Plan Services in 1986, Walter was employed at John Bousfield Associates, where he began his design career.

Ted Cieciura

Founder

Ted formed Design Plan Services in 1983 after eight years of partnership in the firm of John Bousfield Associates. For 12 years prior to that, he was at The Procter & Redfern Group (now Earth Tech Inc.). Ted specializes in the design of neighbourhoods and communities throughout Ontario.

Ted has built wide-ranging expertise in helping private-sector clients prepare plans for ultimate submission and providing input for community and secondary plan processes undertaken by others. With his extensive knowledge of appropriate design techniques, Ted has helped to create pleasant neighbourhoods that are efficient from a landowner’s perspective while providing safe and pleasing environments for families.