The Regional Municipality Of York

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The Regional Municipality of York hires new Chief Planner

Paul Freeman provides over 25 years of municipal planning and policy experience

Newmarket – The Regional Municipality of York today announced the appointment of Paul Freeman as its new Chief Planner, effective immediately.

Paul Freeman York Region's new Chief Planner“On behalf of York Regional Council, I am pleased to announce Mr. Freeman as the successful candidate for this position,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “With York Region expected to reach 1.8 million residents and 900,000 jobs by 2041, it is important we have the right staff in place as we continue making significant progress in building strong, safe and caring communities we envisioned years ago.”

Over the past several months, Mr. Freeman has been fulfilling this role in an acting capacity. He replaced Valerie Shuttleworth, who retired in January.

As York Region’s Chief Planner, Mr. Freeman is responsible for the Planning and Economic Development branch, which includes the following divisions:

  • Long Range Planning
  • Community Planning and Development Services
  • Economic Strategy

Prior to joining York Region in 2016 as Director of Long Range Planning, Mr. Freeman held various planning and development roles at the Town of Richmond Hill.

“Mr. Freeman has extensive expertise in the planning sector, specifically related to local planning and public policy issues,” said York Region Chief Administrative Officer Bruce Macgregor. “His experience at the Town of Richmond Hill and his Regional expertise are an asset to our organization.”

Mr. Freeman has a Graduate Diploma in Public Administration with distinction from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree from Ryerson University in urban and regional planning.

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns and provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents and 51,000 businesses with 620,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at


Media Contact: Jennifer Mitchell, Corporate Communications,
The Regional Municipality of York
Phone: 1-877-464-9675 ext. 71236 or cell: 905-955-2533

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