Summary Section Content 1Canadian municipalities are in a state of flux due to the demands of a growing population and associated infrastructure requirements, which must be accommodated within an ever-changing regulatory and policy context. Whether your business is involved in municipal planning and development, major land acquisitions for infrastructure or other governmental matters, procurement or government relations, it is crucial to understand the legal and policy regime that affects you. BLG’s Municipal Law and Other Government Group can provide you with the right information and advice to advance your development objectives and projects in a timely and efficient way. Our Municipal Law and Other Government Group has proven expertise in municipal law as it applies to: Policy planning, development approvals, appeal hearings and agreements The expropriation process and compensation hearings Development charges, property taxation, and other municipal finance Local government regulation and municipal business corporations Public policy and government relations Procurement Members of the Municipal Law and Other Government Group work closely with our lawyers in other specialized areas, including tax, employment, energy, environment, infrastructure, insurance, real estate and litigation. We can also quickly assemble consultant teams to provide the right expertise to advance your project. We have leading litigators to advance or defend appeals in any municipal matter, and we are experienced in alternative dispute resolution mediation and arbitration. Publications & Presentations Section Content 2Publications"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.Recent Client Bulletins "Unlawful Entry but Lawful Detainment: Court Awards Damages for Warrantless Search," September 2019."Bill 108 Development Charge Changes," May 2019."Bill 108 Amends the Education Act — Schedule 4," May 2019."Environmental Protection Act and Regulatory Changes: More Brownfields Open For Business," May 2019."Bill 108 to Restrict the Powers of Conservation Authorities," May 2019."Endangered Species Act Amendments Shed More Light on Conservation Charges," May 2019."Bill 108 to Enact First of Many Changes Proposed to Ontario’s Environmental Assessment Act," May 2019."Bill 108 Amends the Ontario Heritage Act — Schedule 11," May 2019."Bill 108: Proposed Changes to the Growth Plan," May 2019."Does Bill 108 Mean a Return to the Old OMB Process?," May 2019."Fundamental Changes to Ontario’s Planning Regime Proposed by Bill 108," May 2019."Bill 108, Ontario’s More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019," May 2019."Legal Considerations Concerning the Performance of Extra Work by Consulting Engineers," March 2019."Bill 139 Update: Major Changes to the Planning Act Come into Force on April 3, 2018," March 2018."OMB Decision Sets Precedent for Managing Costs and Interest Against Unreasonable Claimants," February 2018."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. Representative Work Section Content 3Planning approvals – official plans, official plan amendments, secondary plans, zoning by-laws, interim control by-laws, site plans and subdivisions.High level policy conformity exercises – Growth Plan, Greenbelt Plan, Provincial Policy Statement and others.Private sector development – condominiums, greenfield subdivisions, infill, brownfield, office, retail, entertainment and hospitality, industrial, energy facilities.Public sector development – public and private schools; universities and colleges; hospital expansions and redevelopment; other community infrastructure. Expropriation for land owners - assistance in all facets of the process including negotiation, identification and retainer of experts, options for challenging the decision to expropriate and conduct of compensation litigation.Expropriation for authorities including municipalities, school boards and others – considerable experience in land assembly and provision of a turn-key approach to the full process, or narrower mandates such as compensation hearings and appeals.Legislative monitoring and policy analysis.Advocacy activities and lobbying.Electoral law and lobbying law compliance.Procurement.