UrbanSolutions Planning & Land Development Consultants Inc.
UrbanSolutions Planning & Land Development Consultants Inc. is a Hamilton based team of professionals with over 40 years of combined planning experience, specializing in development approvals for residential, commercial and industrial urban infills, brownfields, plan of subdivisions and public consultation. UrbanSolutions is currently the largest planning firm in Hamilton. UrbanSolutions understands development within the municipal approvals context. As such, we are well positioned to assist at the early onset of conceptual ideas and carry projects through the municipal review process to secure final approval. We take a comprehensive and supportive approach to the planning process that is unique to our client’s needs. Our planners cultivate strong relationships with clients and community members, working cooperatively to achieve development results.
Urban & Rural Development Approvals
Official Plan & Zoning By-Law Amendments
Community & Secondary Plans
Municipal Planning Advisory Services
Subdivision & Condominium Plans
Development Feasibility & Optimal Use Studies
Public Consultation & Facilitation
Ontario Municipal Board Hearings
Planning Justification Reports
Sergio Manchia, MCIP, RPP
As a planner and member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute since 1996, Mr. Manchia is responsible for representing the interests of developer clients, both public and private, through the planning and development process. He works closely with senior planners and engineers in coordinating all aspects of the development process…
Matt Johnston, MCIP, RPP
As a Principal, Mr. Johnston is independently responsible for representing the interest of development clients, both public and private, through the planning and development process. With this experience, Mr. Johnston leads teams of consultants and coordinates…
Sacha Aide, CPA, CA
Ms. Aide is the Controller and Office Manager at UrbanSolutions. She has significant experience in land development, project management and financing, including overseeing client files…
As a Planner at UrbanSolutions Ms. Rauscher works with clients from project inception through to obtaining Municipal approval. Ms. Rauscher monitors various applications and is responsible for ensuring that all interests are realized through the planning process…
Spencer McKay, BA
As a Planning Technician at UrbanSolutions, Mr. McKay is responsible for creating and revising concept plans, preparing development applications and assisting in the submission of various planning reports. He plays an important role…
Victoria Adair, BURPl & BA (Hons.)
As the office’s administrator Ms. Adair plays an integral role in ensuring the office runs smoothly as well as providing team support and client customer service. Ms. Adair comes to us with over 8 years of office management and customer service experience. In addition to her work experience, Ms. Adair possesses University …
As a Planning Technician at Urban Solutions Ms. Agro is responsible for the coordination of development applications and submissions. Ms. Agro graduated from Mohawk College with a diploma in Urban and Regional Planning and has an extensive private sector planning and engineering experience in the Region of Niagara. She is…
Amber Lindsay, MES
Ms. Lindsay leads and assists in leading development applications through the Planning Act process.
Ms. Lindsay recently graduated from the Master of Environmental Studies program at York University, with a specialization in Planning. During her time there, she was recognized for her academic achievement with the Canada Graduate Scholarship. Ms. Lindsay also…
Samantha Clement, BA
As the Office Administrator, Samantha’s primary responsibility is to increase efficiency. She does this by anticipating team members administrative needs and meeting them in timely and effective manner.
Working at UrbanSolutions
Understanding the importance of quality employees is key to the success of any company. At UrbanSolutions, we encourage a working environment based on mutual trust and confidence. Every employee is part of a team, a sum greater than its parts, where each member is given the opportunity and support to excel to their fullest potential while experiencing personal and professional growth in their career.
We offer competitive salary positions as well as benefits packages for our employees. Professional development is very important and we provide our staff with opportunities to participate in a variety of professional training courses and leadership programs and we also encourage them to join community groups or associations they find interest in.
If you are highly motivated, enthusiastic, share our passion for exceptional client service and are looking to establish a career in a growth oriented firm, please browse our employment opportunities listed on this page, they will be updated frequently.
The team at UrbanSolutions recognizes the importance of continuous professional learning. It serves an important tool to ensure our team of planners and technicians are current with emerging trends and [...]
Forward Thinking – What to Expect from Planning in 2017 As the first month of the year comes to a close, it is an opportune time to look forward to [...]
On October 5 and 6 the 2016 Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) Symposium, focused on Healthy Community and Planning for the Public Realm, took place in Hamilton. UrbanSolutions was a [...]
The City of Hamilton is leading the charge for revitalization in Hamilton’s North End, with plans for a vibrant mixed-use waterfront development at Piers 6, 7, & 8...
On May 29th, Matt Johnston participated in the first #PEDRide of 2016. PEDRides are one part of a series of events intended to bring together citizens, business leaders and city builders to share ideas and insights about Hamilton’s future growth and development...
The Burlington Sustainable Development Committee’s (BSDC) mandate is to provide advice to Council and raise community awareness and understanding of sustainable development issues as they relate to the City of Burlington. The BSDC was out in full force on April 23, 2016...
Active Transportation has had a major effect in the development of downtown Hamilton and across the City as a whole. With new guidelines in place for Transportation Demand Management (TDM), the City of Hamilton is seeing a growth in the number of active commuters. TDM manages the demands of transportation infrastructure through the use of policies, programs, infrastructure improvements, and services to influence sustainable travel choices...
One full year has passed since we began work on a unique and exciting project we call UrbanShare.
The purpose of the Urban Design and Architecture Awards is to recognize and celebrate the immense talent that exists in Hamilton in regards to architecture, planning, restoration and urban design. These individuals and groups are integral to our City’s future and developing a vibrant and sustainable community that we can all be proud of.
On October 22, 2015, the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) along with City of Burlington staff hosted a walking tour of Burlington’s downtown waterfront parks, recent development projects, and hosted discussions of upcoming economic development and planning initiatives.
The Hamilton-Halton Home Builders’ Association (HHHBA) hosted a Young Professionals Public Speaking Seminar on October 21st, which UrbanSolutions staff happily attended. The event was a home run, with all tickets being sold out!
UrbanSolutions is a proud member of the Hamilton-Halton Home Builders’ Association (HHHBA), which allows Principal Matt Johnston to serve on the HHHBA Board of Directors. In addition to this position, Matt also acts as Chair of the Development Council and Chair of the HHHBA U40 Young Professionals Group.
We were recently given the opportunity to write a small article for Hamilton’s 2015 Influential List honouring a good friend and colleague Mr. Patrick Daly.