Nancy Smith has a unique background in municipal land use planning and governance, including 11 years as an elected representative, and assignments as the first full-time Chair of the Ontario Housing Corporation and as a Member of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). Nancy offers solid people skills applied to land use planning, consultation, facilitation, and mediation. Her broad background in provincial and municipal government allows her to participate very effectively in multidisciplinary projects.
Nancy Smith has continued her professional education, and holds a certificate in Alternate Dispute Resolution from the University of Windsor. She is a provisional member of both the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) and the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP). Her leadership of the Green Planning program committee for a recent national CIP conference resulted in over a dozen successful and acclaimed sessions and workshops.
Nancy. Smith has experience with the full range of applications under the Ontario Planning Act, including subdivisions, consents, zoning, official plans, site plans, variances, and non-conforming uses, in both urban and rural settings. One area of specialization is the implementation of planning policy through standard land use tools. Another speciality is the application of land use planning to environmental issues and settings. This has included water setbacks; conversion of lakefront cottages to year-round homes; protection of remnant forests; Official Plan policy for environmentally sensitive lands; and the evaluation of urban natural areas.
Nancy is also known for her success in brokering different interests. Nancy successfully provided mediation services for 15 rural appeals of the Official Plan of the Region of Ottawa-Carleton.
Nancy Smith appears in front of the Ontario Municipal Board, and has been qualified to give expert opinion evidence by that Board. Her experience includes Committee of Adjustment appeals, zoning by-law appeals, interim control by-law appeals, and site plan referrals.
OMB experience Notable experience includes full time work as a member of the Ontario Municipal Board. This quasi-judicial body is the last level of appeal for land use planning and other municipal disputes in the Province of Ontario. Nancy conducted hearings throughout Ontario, including many parts of eastern Ontario such as Napanee, Kingston, Gananoque, Belleville, Peterborough, and Ottawa. She frequently conducted hearings solely in French or in French and English simultaneously.
Communication has been part of Nancy’s work for nearly 30 years, including adult education, official languages policy and standards, and many successful communications campaigns. She has conceptualised, overseen, written, and delivered a wide range of communication products. These have been used for subjects as diverse as complex transportation projects, road and sewer work, land developments, environmental initiatives, and governance, as well as management and community newsletters.
Nancy’s communication skills have often been applied to public consultation on projects ranging from bus routing to land development to a design workshop in the Kemptville area. She has developed a very successful Open House format designed to maximize input from stakeholders from diverse lay and professional backgrounds. Nancy is particularly skilled at dealing with technical projects for lay audiences.
Nancy also has a good understanding of the requirements of surveys and questionnaires, sample selection, and statistical and demographic analysis.