Development proponents, whether private or public sector, face an increasingly complex land use planning and approvals regime.  BLG’s Municipal Group has the expertise and project experience to advise proponents throughout the approvals process, from initial applications, through representations to approval authorities, to conducting an appeal if necessary.  We have a record of successfully leading projects to approval through the most difficult of circumstances, led by strategic thinking and hard work.

We represent development companies, large and small, individual investors, public sector proponents of all forms of community infrastructure, and not-for-profit organizations and ratepayer groups.  Our lawyers are widely known in the industry, and can help you assemble the right team of experts to advance your project.  We have a leading Ontario Municipal Board litigation practice.

Our Municipal Group has the expertise to assist you with all components of project approval, including litigating the approval itself if necessary, negotiating approval instruments and conditions, and preparing all forms of development agreements.  Our diverse land use practice gives us experience in every aspect of law affecting development, such as development charges, municipal fees and charges, parkland and parking matters, cost sharing agreements and arbitration, brownfield redevelopment, and property tax.

Publications & Presentations

Representative Work

  • Approvals – official plan amendments, secondary plans, zoning by-laws, site plans and subdivisions
  • Agreements – subdivision, site plan, servicing, cost-sharing, front-ending
  • Advocacy – Ontario Municipal Board, courts, committees of adjustment, councils
  • Private sector – condominiums, greenfield subdivisions, infill, brownfield, office, retail, entertainment and hospitality, industrial, energy facilities
  • Public sector – public and private schools; universities and colleges; hospital expansions and redevelopment; other community infrastructure

Rankings & Recognitions

The Municipal Group or its members are recognized in:

  • The 2020 edition of Chambers Canada — Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • The 2018 (and since 2017) Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory for Property Development.
  • Novae Res Urbis, a leading industry publication, as having a leading OMB practice.
  • Chambers Canada — Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Band 1 – Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use – Alberta & Ontario)
  • Chambers Canada — Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Dispute Resolution: Alberta).
  • Chambers Global — The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (Dispute Resolution: Alberta)
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Property Leasing).
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Infrastructure Law).
  • The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Property Development).
  • Lexpert®/ROB Special Edition on Canada's Leading Infrastructure Lawyers.
  • Benchmark Canada — The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Energy Regulatory Law, Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law, Oil and Gas Law, Corporate and Commercial Litigation and Energy Law)
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Commercial Leasing Law, Real Estate Law, Expropriation Law, and Municipal Law)
  • Who's Who Legal: Government Contracts and Who's Who Legal 2017: Compendium Edition