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Paul Dec

Paul Dec




Paul is an urban and rural planner with a sound knowledge of municipal governments, community planning, and project management. Having worked on several continents prior to his arrival in Atlantic Canada, Paul brings a fresh perspective to communities of any size and facilitates their transformation through out-of-the-box thinking. He believes that a thorough understanding of a community’s context and history is key to tailor-made solutions.

Paul joined UPLAND in early 2020 following two years and five months with the Eastern District Planning Commission, which is the joint planning authority of two towns and four rural municipalities in eastern Nova Scotia. Working simultaneously as a planner and development officer enabled him to write clear policies and regulations that are easy to administer. During that time, Paul was also able to broaden his experience with main street design and placemaking, which he first acquired during an earlier assignment with the ‘Village on Main’ Business Improvement District in Dartmouth, NS.

Paul obtained his academic education from the University of the West of England, UK (Master’s Degree, Town and Country Planning) and the Baden Württemberg Cooperative State University, Germany (Bachelor’s Degree, Business Administration / Marketing). The communication skills developed during his marketing studies are an asset for public consultations. His academic research interests developed during planning studies carried over to his professional life: Paul is passionate about smart growth, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and is a published author on efficient use of urban infrastructure, compact development, and urban sprawl repair.