Summary Section Content 1Municipal organizations have unique legal challenges that require creative solutions from an experienced team. BLG’s Municipal Group has a leading practice acting for municipalities in all aspects of land use regulation, such as large-scale policy planning approvals and hearings, provincial policy conformity approvals and hearings, project-specific approvals and hearings, community improvement plans and projects, and development agreement negotiation and drafting. Our depth of knowledge and experience can provide you with a range of fresh solutions to new and familiar issues in the municipal arena. We can assist you with assembling the right team to accomplish your objectives and overcome challenges in a timely and cost effective manner.Even when the interests and positions of the parties seem to defy solutions, our experienced Municipal Group is equipped to offer strategic advice, negotiate advantageous terms, resolve conflicts, and fulfill all of your municipal law requirements. Our leading litigation practice can assist you with matters involving municipal tribunals and the courts. We also draw on our experience in related fields including land acquisition and expropriation, development charges and municipal finance, brownfield redevelopment and municipal governance. As necessary, the Municipal Group can call on professionals from other practice groups within our full-service firm to provide you with expertise in all areas relating to local government. Our Municipal Group has a great deal of experience advising and representing upper-tier, single-tier, and lower-tier municipalities. We also regularly act for provincial governments; government agencies, boards and commissions; and a range of public institutions including educational and healthcare entities. Publications & Presentations Section Content 2Publications"How Bill 73 Affects Municipalities and Best Practices," BLG Municipal Law Seminar, April 2016. "Municipal Elections Act Update: the Ontario Government Introduces Proposed Changes to the Municipal Elections Act to Allow Ranked Ballots," April 2016. "Hospital Redevelopment: It Takes More than Patience," Canadian Healthcare Facilities."Critics Weigh in on Section 37 Agreements," The Lawyers Weekly — Vol. 32, No. 9, June 29, 2012."New Aboriginal Consultation Requirements for Archaeological Assessments," November 2010.Recent Client Bulletins "Province Releases Bill 139 Regulations for Transition From the OMB to the New Local Planning Appeal Tribunal", December 2017"Bill 139 — The Proposed End of the Ontario Municipal Board ", June 2017"The Overhaul of the OMB", May 2017"Ontario Passes New Legislation to Allow Municipalities to Introduce Inclusionary Zoning", December 2016"Province Releases Public Consultation Document for OMB Review", October 2016"Town of Richmond Hill Successfully Defends Parkland Decision at Divisional Court", September 2016"Province Introduces Bill 204, "Promoting Affordable Housing Act" to Permit Inclusionary Zoning", June 2016"Province Releases Proposed Revisions to Four Provincial Plans", May 2016"How Bill 73 Affects Municipalities and Best Practices", April 2016"Municipal Elections Act Update: the Ontario Government Introduces Proposed Changes to the Municipal Elections Act to Allow Ranked Ballots", April 2016 Representative Work Section Content 3Approvals – official plans, official plan amendments, secondary plans, zoning by-laws, interim control by-laws, site plans and subdivisionsConformity exercises – Growth Plan, Greenbelt Plan, Provincial Policy Statement and othersAgreements – subdivision, site plan, servicing, front-ending, financingAdvice – all aspects of land use, municipal finance, municipal governance and spheres of municipal authorityAdvocacy – Ontario Municipal Board, courts, committees of adjustment, councils Rankings & Recognitions Section Content 4The Municipal Group or its members are recognized in: The 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory for Property Development. Novae Res Urbis, a leading industry publication, as having a leading OMB practice.