Skip to main content
School of Urban and Regional Planning

School of Urban and Regional Planning

Increase Text Size
Decrease Text Size
 Change Text Size 

David Amborski


MCIP, RPP, Professor


B.A. (Boston College, 1971) M.Sc. (Planning) (Toronto, 1974) M.A. (Economics) (Toronto, 1981)


SBB 412


416.979.5000 ext. 6768

Email Address:


Research Interests

Development charges, property tax reform in Ontario, strategic planning practice in Ontario and Eastern Europe

Teaching interests

Policy, municipal finance, housing, land use

Philosophy of teaching

"Interactive team building based on current literature and practice"

David Amborski holds Master's Degrees in Economics and Urban & Regional Planning. His research and consulting interests are in the areas where urban planning interfaces with economics, especially in the field of municipal finance and land/housing markets. More specifically, he has undertaken a number of fiscal impact analyses including development charge and TIF studies for municipalities and the Provincial government. Recent publications and reports include; “Ryerson University Dundas Square Metropolis Project” in The University as Developer, and “Current Issues and Planning for Canadian City Regions” in Studia Regionalia. He has been involved in teaching seminars for in-career government officials both in Ontario and internationally. In Canada, this includes seminars for new municipal councillors and staff offered by the Ontario Municipal Management Institute and the Local Government Program delivered by the University of Alberta and Dalhousie University. Internationally, this includes a variety of seminars delivered in the Baltic States, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Spain, and the Ukraine. In addition to work in the Ukraine, he has organized and delivered a number of internships and study tours for Ukrainian officials in Canada. Currently he serves as president of the Association of Canadian Urban Planning Programs (ACUPP). He also serves on a number of international editorial boards and committees including being on the advisory committee of the Institute for Finance and Local Governance, Munk Centre University of Toronto and being selected as a member of Lambda Alpha (honorary economic society). Locally, Professor Amborski has served on a number of planning committees in the Town of Aurora, and is vice-president of the Ontario Municipal Management Institute. Current research activities include a study of the Public Private partnerships that helped to develop Toronto’s PATH system, funded by Infrastructure Canada: and a study of urban restoration in historic districts (NEXOPOLIS) funded by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada under the North American Mobility Grant.



MCIP Member, Canadian Institute of Planners
RPP Registered Professional Planner
AICP American Institute of Certified Planners
OAA Ontario Associtation of Architects
MRAIC Member of Royal Architectural Institute of Canada