Lawyer Profile Detail
John A.R. Dawson
University of Toronto
John Dawson is a partner in our Municipal Group in Toronto. His practice emphasizes advocacy before municipal councils and the Ontario Municipal Board, and liaising with officials at all levels of government. In addition, Mr. Dawson provides advice on the municipal law aspects of public utility and other municipal service privatization transactions.
Mr. Dawson’s practice comprises advice and representation on both matters of general public policy in a government relations context and on specific approvals of real estate development applications, including related infrastructure, under the Planning Act and other legislation. These applications include those in support of development or redevelopment proposals for brownfield, greyfield, greenfield and urban boundary expansions. Examples of such include large scale mixed use residential complexes, luxury hotel towers, major offices, industrial plants, residential subdivision and major retail stores and shopping centres.
Mr. Dawson received his LL.B. from the University of Toronto in 1989, and his BA from the University of Waterloo in 1985. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1991.
Mr. Dawson is a member of the Municipal Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association. He was formerly a regular lecturer on administrative, municipal and planning law matters at Ryerson University.
The Six-Minute Municipal Lawyer 2013
City of Toronto New City-Wide Zoning By-Law: Important Reminder
City of Toronto New City-Wide Zoning By-Law – Important Next Steps
The City of Toronto’s New Comprehensive Zoning By-Law: Here We Zone Again!
Downtown Tall Building Guidelines Deferred to April 2012 Pending Further Reports
City of Toronto Downtown Tall Buildings Project
The Six-Minute Municipal Lawyer 2011
Important Information Regarding New City of Toronto Zoning By-Law — Update Regarding Proposed Amendments and Potential Repeal
The City of Toronto's New Comprehensive Zoning By-law
The Neighbourhoods of Windfields and City of Oshawa v. Death et al.
Transactions & Cases
Residential neighbourhood’s zoning requirements are upheld by the Superior Court of Justice