Gladki Planning Associates (GPA) provides a full range of planning services for private and public sector clients. Our mission is to lay the foundations for vibrant built environments and successful communities. We do this by developing practical solutions for sustainable land use planning, urban regeneration, employment land policy, affordable housing, community improvement, and development approvals.

Our award winning practice is shaped by a commitment to our core principles: quality, innovation, value and collaboration.

Quality – We believe that successful planning begins with vision and clarity of purpose. But in order to achieve bold plans, details matter. We pay careful attention to detail, always with an eye to effective implementation, to ensure that plans and policies have their full impact.

Innovation – We understand the regulatory context for planning and are committed to identifying opportunities for innovation within it. Status quo approaches should not limit the potential of our communities. We view it as our job to identify new and better ways of doing things.

Value – We know that clients require the best possible product within the budgetary limits of a project. Our commitment is to work within those limits to provide high quality results in a timely and effective manner.

CollaborationWe design creative, collaborative and inclusive approaches to engage participants from diverse communities in decision-making processes. This includes residents, policymakers and other stakeholders.

Guided by these principles, we have developed strong expertise managing multidisciplinary teams on complex projects with multiple stakeholders. Our principals and staff have extensive experience applying this approach to projects in Ontario, other parts of Canada and abroad.


Area and Regional Planning – Develop plans and policies to guide growth and change in specific communities at a variety of scales: site, neighbourhood, municipality and region.

Development Approvals – Support development applications through the preparation of planning rationales and studies, as well as our understanding of the approvals process.

Expert Testimony and Representation – Provide expert testimony at the Ontario Municipal Board and represent clients at the Committee of Adjustment.

Facilitation and Consultation – Engage with diverse communities and stakeholders to enrich the understanding of local issues and establish a basis for ongoing collaboration.

Metrics and Evaluation – Develop indicators and assessment frameworks for evaluating programs, projects, policies and communities.

Planning Policy and Implementation – Make recommendations on how planning policies and tools can be crafted and employed to best achieve objectives.

Sustainability and Healthy Communities – Develop approaches to fostering sustainable and healthy communities through a better understanding of the social, ecological and economic impacts of the built environment.


2015 Ontario Professional Planners Institute, Excellence in Planning Award (Community Planning & Development Studies/Reports) – Active City: Designing for Health

2015 Ontario Professional Planners Institute and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, Healthy Communities Award – Active City: Designing for Health

2011 Ontario Professional Planners Institute, Excellence in Planning Award (Urban / Community Design) Lower Don Lands Precinct Plan

2009 City of Toronto Urban Design Award – Lawrence Heights Neighbourhood Master Plan

2007 American Planning Association, Daniel Burnham Award – Places to Grow, Province of Ontario

2007 Canadian Society of Landscape Architecture, National Honour – Grand Parade/Province House Public Lands Plan, Halifax

2005 Congress for the New Urbanism, Charter Award of Excellence – East Bayfront Precinct Plan

2005 Ontario Professional Planners Institute, Award of Excellence – Regent Park Urban Design Guidelines

2005 City of Toronto Award of Excellence in Urban Design – West Don Lands Precinct Plan

2003 Canadian Institute of Planners, Award of Excellence – Regent Park Master Plan