Marie Poirier Planning and Associates Inc. offers clients a high level of professionalism. Services are delivered with the utmost attention to decorum in attending before Councils, Committees and tribunals including the Ontario Municipal Board.
From office environs to deliverables to presentation in person and in materials, Marie Poirier Planning and Associates Inc. will represent you and your interest with clearly, concisely and with well-appointed detail.
The firm associates itself with a like-minded set of professionals, namely surveyors, engineers and biologists, to compliment and support planning services when they are required. Together we represent our clients with a professional face backed by an experienced, knowledgeable, and practical approach to achieving the success they expect.
Our firm's approach to land use planning and development follows the "conservation planning" principle. This principle is based on balance and recognizes the need to maintain the integrity of the natural environment with sustaining economic growth which in some part, relies on physical development.
We recognize the distinct needs of local permanent residents and our neighbours that call Muskoka their second home as well as the businesses and services that rely on both. Climate, terrain, the economy and social needs all influence land use planning decisions and in Muskoka these are complex and diverse. An understanding of the complexity and diversity is what this firm brings to the needs of each of its clients.
Marie holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Brock University and is a member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and the Canadian Institute of Planners. Prior to establishing a consulting practice almost 20 years ago, she spent over 15 years as a Planner with the provincial and municipal governments in policy and current planning.
Mr. Hiley joined the firm after earning a Bachelor of Arts with Honours, Political Science degree from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, NS and a Master of Planning in Urban Development degree from Ryerson University in Toronto, ON.
Nicholas’ path to planning developed over time. He became interested in community development and local politics while growing up in a rural village within the City of Ottawa. Years later, while attending university, Nicholas became interested in the role of global cities in international politics and the international political economy. Specifically, it was while enrolled in a Global Issues course that he realized the significant political, economic, and social role cities will play this century. It was at this point that Nicholas decided to pursue a Master’s degree and a career in Planning.
Nicholas brings a range of experience to the firm. He has worked on projects for the Ontario Growth Secretariat and Open Streets Toronto Inc. Nicholas also has professional and academic experience in active transportation, brownfields redevelopment, and economic development.