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Mary Lou Tanner

Mary Lou Tanner is the Director of Planning and Building for Burlington and has worked in municipal management and leadership for over 25 years. Mary Lou was previously with the City of Hamilton, authoring downtown and waterfront plans including Putting People First and Setting Sail. While at the City, Mary Lou also worked in Public Works leading the City’s infrastructure planning program. Mary Lou has been described as a “planner’s planner”, passionate about cities, city building, active transportation, and design. In her current role, Mary Lou leads the transformation of Burlington from a city growing out to a city growing up. To quote Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring, sprawl is done like dinner in Burlington. There’s an exciting urban future in Burlington which drew Mary Lou back to this area from Niagara.