Jocelyn Chandler, M.PL. '07, MCIP, RPP

Jocelyn Chandler

Curiosity about the expansion of residential subdivisions and ongoing development in environmentally-sensitive areas around Ottawa in the 1990s led Jocelyn to the profession of land planning and the work of Ontario's Conservation Authorities. An interdisciplinary Honours degree in Rural Land Planning and Resource Management from Carleton University supported her pursuit of a position at the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority. Employed in various positions by the RVCA since 1999, Jocelyn began work as a RVCA planner in 2002 and subsequently decided to upgrade her qualifications and skills with a Master’s degree at SURP in fall 2005.

Upon graduation in 2007, Jocelyn returned to the RVCA with a strengthened capacity for policy development and a broader understanding of land planning. Additionally, the M.Pl. from Queen's provides a recognized and respected degree which adds credibility to her work. She emphasizes that credibility is paramount in a profession where independent opinions can differ significantly.

Currently Jocelyn is responsible for providing review services on natural hazards, natural heritage, private servicing, storm water management and surface and ground water quality and quality mainly in the City of Ottawa, as per the RVCA mandate and related MOU's with municipalities and the Province. Jocelyn finds her work challenging and rewarding due to the variety of projects, environments and people she works with. She has the great pleasure of working with skilled technical professionals and experienced planners who offer diverse resources and experience. As a reviewer, she strongly believes that establishing confidence and trust in relationships with consultants, proponents and municipal staff is key to finding good solutions.

Jocelyn has a particular interest in municipal and planning law (particularly OMB hearings and decisions) and natural hazard policy development. She is delighted to occasionally deliver lectures on these subjects at Queen’s and Ottawa University. “As a land planner you can pursue your interests, constantly learn, and believe that you are contributing to positive (albeit incremental) change. Monday mornings are as good as Friday afternoons."