The City of Mississauga has hired a new planning and building commissioner.
Andrew Whittemore, who has been with the city since 2012, will assume the duties effective April 12. He follows Ed Sajecki, who recently retired from the position.
As the head of planning and building, Whittemore will oversee development, design and city planning strategies. His department is responsible for strategic long-term planning with a legislative planning policy framework that involves the creation of policies, plans, building inspections, processing development applications and building permits.
“Mississauga is a dynamic city that is undergoing a remarkable transformation from suburban to urban city,” said Whittemore. “Leading this continued transformation is an incredible opportunity. I look forward to working with the wonderful staff in planning and building and the mayor and council in my new capacity to create complete and inclusive communities and a high quality of life for all of the city’s residents.”
Before coming to Mississauga, Whittemore spent several years with the City of Halifax and played a major role in delivery of its first regional planning strategy. He has experience with both community and waterfront redevelopment and expertise in community engagement. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Acadia University and a Master of Urban and Rural Planning from DalTech (formerly known as the Technical University of Nova Scotia).
Photo: Andrew Whittemore, Mississauga’s new planning and building commissioner.