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Toronto’s chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat leaving post

Keesmaat will “pursue other interests” as of Sept. 29, the city announced. She has been involved in decisions on the Gardiner, Scarborough subway, Crosstown LRT, and the Rail Deck Park.

What next? Jennifer Keesmaat will no longer be the chief planner of the City of Toronto as of the end of September.

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What next? Jennifer Keesmaat will no longer be the chief planner of the City of Toronto as of the end of September.

Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat, one of the city’s top bureaucrats, is leaving her post as of Sept. 29.

A statement from the city Monday afternoon said Keesmaat, who was named chief planner out of the private sector almost five years ago, plans to “pursue other interests.”

“It’s been an honour to work with Mayor Tory, council, city staff and my remarkable team in the city planning division over the last five years,” Keesmaat is quoted as saying in the city release.

“I promised myself that after five years in public service I would review my future options. I look forward to new challenges in the important business of city-building now enriched by invaluable lessons, new friends and colleagues acquired while serving the people of our great city, Toronto.”

As the head of the city’s planning division, Keesmaat has been at the forefront of decisions on the Gardiner Expressway, Scarborough subway, Crosstown LRT, Rail Deck Park and other large and often controversial projects.

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