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Municipal Planning

For strategic, timely advice on land use and development matters in Ontario or British Columbia, you need McCarthy Tétrault’s expert advisors who understand the local legal, regulatory and administrative issues and can manage diverse stakeholders.

With offices across Canada, we’ve been dealing with municipal and environmental authorities for decades. We know every business angle, who to approach and what to do, from obtaining initial project approval to financing, construction, leasing and sale.

We are recognized, top-ranked leaders in this sector. Our litigators regularly appear before the Ontario Municipal Board, the British Columbia Supreme Court, the courts, administrative panels and other tribunals, municipal councils and their committees.

Our practitioners stay current in developments in this area in each province and nationwide, and work seamlessly with our specialists in real estate, land use planning, environmental and Aboriginal issues, hospitality, tax and business law.

Consultants, property owners and developers get timely approval of residential, commercial, industrial, mixed-use or shopping centre development proposals because:

  • we keep you abreast of land use planning options, municipal services delivery, environmental laws and zoning bylaws;
  • we advise on, negotiate and draft official plans and agreements; and 
  • we understand the municipal issues, from local government restructuring and elections to freedom of information and conflict of interest legislation.

Municipalities, regions, local governments, Aboriginal groups, private sector businesses and boards of education realize maximum value and use from their land because:

  • we are experts in environmental law, including the allocation of responsibility regarding the remediation of contaminated sites;
  • if your land is being expropriated, we defend your rights and ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to;
  • in Ontario, we also provide municipalities and school boards who expropriate land with the requisite documentation, offers to compensate, drafting and implementation of development charge bylaws, etc.; and
  • in British Columbia, we represent First Nations on issues regarding reserve lands.

Commercial and industrial property owners, municipalities, and the forestry and mining sector in Ontario's north value our support in appealing property or business tax assessments or property valuations in Ontario because:

  • we are seasoned in the specialized litigation necessary for assessment appeals and court proceedings relating to property taxes, including property tax recoveries from tenants; and
  • our expertise in commercial and industrial property valuation makes us the go-to firm for commercial ground rent arbitration.

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Danielle Drolet
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D. James Papadimitriou
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Danielle Drolet
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John A.R. Dawson
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Cynthia A. MacDougall
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Scott Smythe
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