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Nepean, Ontario
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Note to readers: Phil Brown passed away in November 2015. Please see his bio and letters he wrote on municipal affairs. Phil was a friend and mentor to UO President James O'Grady. He will be missed.


As President of Jackson-Brown Associates, Phil Brown has delivered a wide range of planning and project management services to non-profit, public and community service agencies and institutions.seeking to develop or otherwise acquire new facilities. He has worked with community health and resource centres and other community and institutional clients as well as non-profit and co-operative housing sponsors and government agencies.

Over the course of a career in development dating back to 1983, Phil Brown has developed more than 35 projects valued at over $175 million, comprising over 800 residential units and 400,000 square feet of institutional space. Previously, he has worked as a municipal planner and planning consultant and as a radio broadcaster.

He is a Registered Professional Planner (RPP), and full member since 1979 of the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute. He is also a licensed Real Estate Sales Representative with Coldwell Banker and presently Chairs the City of Ottawa Committee of Adjustment. He has also served on several community service boards of directors.

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Connect the Dots: Arts Court and Student Housing

November 6, 2013

This letter was inspired by articles on Arts Court and Student Housing in Sandy Hill that both appeared in the City section of the Ottawa Citizen on November 6th, 2013.

Connect the dots. The proposed Arts Court development would be an ideal location for student housing.

What a wonderful way to satisfy two urgent public needs in one great project. Whether sponsored by the University (already an Arts Court partner) or a private developer, student housing would help ease pressure on Sandy Hill and should be immediately viable in a way that yet another condo development in a softening market may not.

What a great combination!

Let's encourage the City and the University to aggressively pursue it.