Our Professional Staff


With over 25 years of public sector planning experience at a directorship level, in 1992 Donald Scott founded Cuesta Planning Consultants Inc. to provide land use planning and resource management services within the Grey, Bruce, Huron and Wellington County areas. In addition to two decades of experience as a private consultant, Don has spent the last 18 years as the Chair of the Niagara Escarpment Commission. This combination allows Don to provide a balanced and visionary approach to the land use planning process.

A “Big-Picture” thinker, Don is able to provide ethical opinions and creative solutions to land use projects as well as coordinate major projects efficiently and effectively.

An excellent mediator and negotiator, with unparalleled knowledge of the local planning regimes, Don works hand in hand with municipal staff to obtain approvals for his clients.

Don has been a professional witness at the Ontario Municipal Board on many occasions over the past few decades and has an exceptional track record in front of the OMB.

Don is considered one of the pioneers of planning within the province of Ontario and certainly within the Grey-Bruce region. His repertoire includes, but is not limited to approvals for consents, re-zonings, site plans, official plan amendments, plans of condominiums and subdivisions, peer reviews, authoring planning policy for strategic plans, official plans, comprehensive zoning by-laws, professional witness at the OMB and aggregate approvals.


GENEVIEVE SCOTT, Hons. B.A., Senior Associate

Prior to working at Cuesta Planning Consultants Inc. Genevieve worked alongside municipal advisors and planning staff for the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and taught English as a Second Language in Osaka, Japan.

Upon her return to Canada, Genevieve joined the family business and has been with Cuesta Planning Consultants Inc. now for just over a decade.

Genevieve has lived and worked in the Grey-Bruce region for most of her life and her passion for this area informs the type and quality of development projects with which she is involved. Genevieve applies land use planning expertise to a wide variety of projects and has considerable experience with respect to aggregate developments. Genevieve appreciates the balance which is required among competing interests in such large scale and sensitive projects. Her emphasis on consultation, thorough impact and policy analysis and exceeding expected standards, results in the high quality projects for which Cuesta is known.

Genevieve is also the lead person at Cuesta with respect to First Nations Consultation, liasing with local aboriginal communities and government representatives. She has a good understanding of land use and development impacts, how they relate to Aboriginal and treaty rights, as well as associated policy and legislative requirements.

With an Honours Geography degree from Queen’s University, Genevieve has been accepted as a provisional member of CPI and OPPI, and is currently completing her full membership requirements.

Genevieve lives in Meaford, Ontario with her husband and 2 children and in her spare time enjoys hiking, reading, cooking and travelling.