ARRIS Strategy Studio - Terry Mills



Terry Mills is a planner, urban designer, and writer with a passion for urban strategies. He graduated from Carleton University's School of Architecture, working in a diversity of roles in planning and architecture in Canada and in the Middle East

Returning to Toronto he start up Chizen and Mills a design-build practice. Over two decades he developed an intimate knowledge of the city's residential structures neighbourhoods, seeing planning from the applied-side.

He was a founding member of the Renovation Council he chaired for some years and served on the boards of the Toronto and the Canadian Home Builders Association.

He maintained his interest in planning and governance by chairing the Municipal Liaison Committee developing the strategy for the Zoning Impact Study that led to an overhaul of Toronto's residential zoning to reinforce existing neighbourhoods.

Terry's management and analytical skills led to developing 'Best Estimate' renovation software. This in turn led to online marketing and publishing initiatives.

Terry's continuing interest in urban issues drew him to community advocacy and in 2001 he became a Registered Professional Planner.

In 2003 he proposed the now adopted local planning framework for the TTC Block, a complicated parcel that had defied planning for 50-years. He also stopped Greenwin's thrust to enclose the square at Yonge-Eglinton.

In 2004 his family left for Sydney Australia for four years, where he became Senior Urban Planner with BN Group a design consultancy primarily involved in town centre designs and retail strategies.

Returning to Toronto he returned to community-planning. Terry successfully redirected the controversial Oriole Park redevelopment project, introducing an overarching structure plan to govern decisions.

Terry's interest in planning in the community extends into theoretical studies - authentic planning going beyond the statutory. He's currently developing a community-brief to inform planning and development from the bottom-up seeking to expand the delivery of beneficial improvements. This work includes development of assessment tools to enrich reasoning in planning exercises.

In 2011 Terry established the Eglinton-Midtown Planning Strategy as a non-statutory tool informing planning.



strategy studio   -   801-101 Roehampton, Toronto M4P2W2   -   647 330 9061   -   Terry@TerryMills.CA

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