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February 28, 2019

Are you interested in community design? Do you have questions about how planning works?

On Thursday, March 7, Grey County planners and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute Lakeland District are hosting a celebration of planning in Grey County and Canada.  2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Institute of Planners and 25 years of the Registered Professional Planner designation in Ontario. This free event begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Grey County Administration Building, 595 9th Avenue East in Owen Sound.

“Professional planners have an essential job that can often be overlooked and misunderstood,” said Grey County Warden Selwyn ‘Buck’ Hicks. “For 100 years these professionals have been creating policies and plans that look to the future, to allow our communities to grow in sustainable ways that protect the natural assets we treasure. On March 7 we are celebrating planning with an informative and interactive evening that will showcase what planners do and why it’s so important.”

The celebration will include a Planning 101 overview of what urban and rural planners do, why planning is important, the link between public health and planning, how planning shapes communities, heritage planning and more. Attendees will also participate in an interactive session where they can become the planner and apply the information they have learned.

Light refreshments will be provided. There is no cost to attend the event and no registration is required.

For more information about the event visit, contact Randy Scherzer, director of planning, at 519‑372‑0219 or ext.1237.

About the Ontario Professional Planners Institute

OPPI is the recognized voice of the Province’s planning profession. Nearly 4,500 members work in government, private practice, universities, and not-for-profit agencies in the fields of urban and rural development, community design, environmental planning, transportation, health, social services, heritage conservation, housing, and economic development. Members meet quality practice requirements and are accountable to OPPI and the public to practice ethically and to abide by a Professional Code of Practice.

The Canadian Institute of Planners

The Canadian Institute of Planners works on behalf of over 7,000 planning professionals nationally and has served as the voice of Canada’s planning community since 1919. Planners safeguard the health and well-being of urban and rural communities, by addressing the use of land, resources, facilities, and services with consideration to physical, economic, and social efficiency.  Members work in both the public service and the private sector, across fields such as land use planning, environmental resource management, land development, heritage conservation, social planning, Indigenous communities planning, transportation planning, and economic development. 


For media inquiries contact Rob Hatten, communications manager, at, 519‑372‑0219 ext.1235, or 519-373-1592.

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