Cheryll Case is the founding principal of CP Planning, a ground breaking urban planning firm that digs deep into addressing the urban conditions that affect access to housing, work, and play. She specializes in designing for inclusive conversations that build relationships between various industries within the non-profit, private, and public sectors. To facilitate conversation, she uses research, data analysis, and storytelling to describe community relationships with land.
Since graduating from Ryerson University’s Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning in 2017, Cheryll has been a driving force in the public discourse on community planning. She has developed partnerships and conducted work with a wide cross-section of institutions and community members. The Ontario Home Builders Association, the Residential Construction Union, the Toronto Regional Board of Trade, have sought her services, as has local affordable housing developers, Evergreen, and the Laidlaw Foundation among others.
You can read more about her work on her website: CPplanning.ca
To learn more about Cheryll, read her spotlight below.
I currently live in… (city/region and let us know why you love it there!)
I love it because the neighbourhoods are so diverse. There is a lot of strength in Toronto, and I’m excited by local leaders who work to bring it out. That includes those who organize cultural events, learning opportunities, and provide other types of support.
The issues in our region that keep me up at night are…
The lack of connection between research and community building practices. Research is a great tool to learn about our systems – community building is the best way to interact with them.
My greatest city-building accomplishment to date is…
Producing and leading Housing in Focus, a series that engaged 140 residents across the City of Toronto in 6 workshops (and 5 training sessions for youth) to learn and provide recommendations on the intersection of human rights, land use planning, and their access to adequate and affordable housing.
What to look forward to from me…
I’m involved in several projects that excite me. One of them has been working on House Divided, a citizen’s guide on the history, present, and future of “stable” neighbourhood policies. Such policies have effectively limited Toronto’s ability to provide adequate and affordable housing to the full spectrum of those with housing needs.
In addition to being a co-editor of this book, I wrote two chapters: one introducing the reader to the relationship between zoning and housing capacity, the other detailing the intersection of women’s rights and their access to adequate and affordable housing. The chapter on women’s rights uses examples from 1903 all the way to 2018 to explain the relationship.
House Divided is published by Coach House Books and is expected to ship on June 11th. It’s been a great experience producing this book alongside fellow editors John Lorinc, Alex Bozikovic, & Annabel Vaughan
If you want to get more engaged in your city or community, you should….
Join/start a neighbourhood association. Get to know your neighbours! Neighbourhood associations are great for social bonding, you plan events together, and work to take care of each other.
To me, an inclusive city/region/GTHA looks like…
Affordable housing for all, affordable and local access to daycare for all who need it, and job training that directs the under/unemployed towards jobs that are needed in a well functioning economy.