Glenn E. Barr P.Eng. CNU-A

Glenn BarrGlenn Barr is a Consulting Engineer practicing urban design, municipal engineering and neighbourhood development in Ontario.

A native of Toronto, Glenn received his academic engineering education from the University of Western Ontario. Upon graduation in 1967, he moved to the Niagara area and received his practical engineering education with two local consulting firms: Proctor & Redfern Limited and Kerry T. Howe Limited.

In 1975, Glenn opened his own practice, Barr Associates. In 1979, Glenn together with partners, opened Upper Canada Consultants Limited as a sister company to Barr Associates.

From 1975 to 1988, as president of both companies, Glenn oversaw the design and construction of numerous public and private municipal engineering and urban development projects throughout Ontario. Municipal projects included road reconstruction, sewer and watermain replacement programs. Private projects included the planning and engineering of residential and industrial subdivisions, commercial plazas and detached, townhouse and apartment condominiums.

During that period Glenn developed a special interest in urban design, land development economics and the impact of urban design on neighbourhoods, communities and society in general.

In 1988, Glenn sold his interest in Upper Canada Consultants and continued, with a much smaller practice through Barr Associates. Since then, Barr Associates has specialized in urban design and land development based upon “traditional neighbourhood design” (TND)* philosophies. Barr Associates has been involved in the design and development of numerous urban developments ranging in size and complexity from a single dwelling to large multi-phased projects.

In 2015, Daniel Romanko MCIP joined the firm and the new partnership changed the company name to Better Neighbourhoods Inc. Better Neighbourhoods now offers an expanded service including urban design, planning, engineering and land development management.

In addition to his engineering affiliations, Glenn Barr is an accredited member of the Congress on New Urbanism (CNU-A) and a member of the Canadian Urban Institute. As an advocate of Smart Growth, Glenn is an active member of Regional Niagara’s Smarter Niagara Steering Committee as well as a jurist for the Niagara Community Design Awards.

*Traditional Neighbourhood Design (TND) focuses on diverse, walkable neighbourhoods, each with a unique identity. This is in contrast to Conventional Suburban Design (CSD), which focuses on segregating uses, housing types and incomes in an amorphous vehicle-oriented environment.

Daniel Romanko, MCIP, RPP, CNU-A

Daniel RomankoDaniel Romanko is a consulting Professional Planner practicing urban design, and neighbourhood development in Ontario.

Growing up in Mississauga, Dan acquired first-hand experience of life in a suburban environment.   This experience sparked an interest in land use patterns and ultimately Urban Planning. Upon graduation from Sheridan College's Civil Engineering Technician program in 1992, Dan went on to complete the Honours Urban and Regional Planning program at the University of Waterloo, graduating in 1997.  Years later, a continued interest in community scale sustainability prompted Dan to pursue his Masters of Engineering Design (M.Eng. Design) in Sustainable Infrastructure at McMaster University.

Dan's work experience began at the Jones Consulting Group Ltd. in Barrie, Ontario.  Two years in this multi-disciplinary firm garnered a wide breadth of work experience in all facets of land development including engineering, planning and surveying.  In August 2000, Dan joined Barr Associates in St. Catharines as an urban designer and worked on a variety of projects.  During that time, Dan was successful in obtaining planning approvals and managing many projects, including the award winning Village on the Twelve neighbourhood. 

In 2010, Dan joined Quartek Group Inc. in St. Catharines and was responsible for project management and urban design on a variety of development projects.  There he was successful in acquiring planning approvals through negotiation with municipal and regional staff and coordination with other disciplines in the firm on behalf of a variety of clients across Niagara.  In 2015, Dan returned to Barr Associates as partner and the company name was changed to Better Neighbourhoods Inc.

Dan is a full member in the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute.  He has taken professional development courses in the New Urbansim and form-based codes and is an accredited member of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU-A).  Presently, Dan chairs the City of St. Catharines Downtown Development and Redevelopment Advisory Committee.

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