Miller Thomson’s Municipal, Planning & Land Development Group regularly acts for municipalities, other public sector entities, developers, landowners and public interest groups to assist with their complex legal issues or questions in a timely and cost-effective manner. We have appeared before all levels of Court as well as various tribunals such as the Ontario Municipal Board, the Assessment Review Board and the Environmental Review Tribunal.
Our Group advises clients in all areas of Municipal Law. We can assist with specialized advice and representation in a variety of areas, including:
- Land Use Planning and Development
- Ontario Municipal Board Hearings
- Property Tax Assessments and Assessment Appeals
- Municipal Litigation
- By-Laws and Governance
- Municipal Conflicts of Interest
- Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy
- Development Charges & Education Development Charges
- Municipal Elections
- Municipal Licensing
- Public Procurement
- Infrastructure and Public Projects
- Heritage Matters
- By-Law Prosecutions
- Municipal Taxation and Tax Sales
- Environmental Contamination and Remediation
- Aboriginal Land Claims
In addition, our Group has expertise in real property law, leasing and government relations. We have several lawyers dedicated to property tax matters, who regularly review and appeal property assessments, advise and represent landlords and tenants on matters relating to lease interpretation and property tax allocation and review and dispute municipal tax assessments on behalf of developers, commercial and industrial landlords and landowners, tenants, property managers and financial institutions.
Miller Thomson recognized in 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
In the recently released 2017 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, 79 Miller Thomson lawyers across 30 areas of law have been recognized for their industry-leading advisory expertise. These latest rankings are the culmination of an extensive annual peer...
Miller Thomson lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017
126 Miller Thomson lawyers from across the country and in numerous areas of law have been recognized for their expertise in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada. This result is up from 122 lawyers ranked last year....
Miller Thomson lawyers successfully represent City of Cambridge
Steve O’Melia and Eric Davis successfully represented the City of Cambridge, opposing an application to disqualify two mayoral candidates from the election on October 27. Read more on The Record.com
Roberto Noce, Q.C. discusses a hot topic, “Helping the homeless to vote” on Alberta Primetime
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Miller Thomson recognized in 2014 Best Lawyers in Canada
We are pleased to announce that 80 Miller Thomson lawyers have been recognized in the 2014 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada (this is 15 more lawyers than last year). Seventeen lawyers are new to the list. Additionally, the following lawyers from...
Eric Davis featured in Canadian Legal News
Eric Davis’s win in the matter of Gammie v. Turner, in relation to municipal conflict of interest, is featured in July’s issue of Canadian Legal News. The e-newsletter summarizes 10 or more significant decisions from the prior month covering the...
Roberto Noce, Q.C., is featured on Alberta Primetime – Vocal Point
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Eric Davis is quoted in “Conflicting Opinions” in Canadian Lawyer Magazine
See full article here.
Steve O’Melia defends former Aurora Mayor from Conflict of Interest Allegations
Steve O’Melia of our Waterloo office recently defended Phyllis Morris, the former Mayor of the Town of Aurora, against allegations made under the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. Madam Justice Gilmore of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice found that...
Steven O’Melia is quoted in the Lawyers Weekly article on the Conflict of Interest Act.
Steven O’Melia, a specialist in municipal law and a partner in the Kitchener-Waterloo office of Miller Thomson, questions the viability of having “hard and fast” penalties when dealing with conflict-of-interest situations. “Each case has to be decided on its own...
Mike Nienhuis moderates First Nations panel at real estate forum
Mike Nienhuis moderates the session on “Working with First Nations: Land Development in Metro Vancouver” at the 23rd annual Vancouver Real Estate Forum.
Troy Baril and Kit McGuinness present on “Cost Recovery and Project Development for Small-Medium Size Communities” at the Municipal Infrastructure Conference in Nipawin, SK
Roberto Noce, Q.C. is discussing land development and rezoning on Calgary’s Newstalk QR770 at 5:15 MST
Eric Davis and Jean Leonard speak on municipal planning law and commercial leasing at the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce Business Growth Series. Eric and Jean will discuss issues affecting local businesses, including zoning bylaws, expropriations, minor variances, commercial leasing and property development.
Steve O’Melia and Jeffrey Lem speak on “Regulatory System, Zoning By-laws and Negotiating with Municipalities” at the Annual Conference of the Canadian-Chinese Professional Accountants Association (CCPAA).
Project Development: Environmental and Indigenous Considerations – Montreal
Le développement de tout projet d’envergure peut générer de nombreux enjeux en matière environnementale que ce soit au niveau de l’obtention des permis requis, de l’acceptabilité sociale, de la gestion des risques dans les contrats d’approvisionnement ou du financement. Le...
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Ce que les OBNL doivent savoir sur les taxes foncières et les exemptions
Le groupe Impact social de Miller Thomson vous invite à son deuxième déjeuner-conférence d’une série de quatre. Date : Jeudi 4 mai 2017 Horaire : 8 h à 9 h Réservation obligatoire par courriel : firstname.lastname@example.org L’appellation « Organisme à but non lucratif » (« OBNL ») n’est pas...
Environmental Issues in Property Development
Miller Thomson hosts a complimentary seminar presented by lawyers in our Environmental and Real Estate practice groups. Topics include: Regulatory Framework for Dealing with Contaminated Land Managing Environmental Due Diligence Investigations Environmental Considerations in Property Transactions Dealing with Excess Fill Time:...
Municipal Law Update
Roberto Noce, Q.C. hosts a seminar on municipal law in Devon, AB. Location: Devon Golf & Country Club
Morning Recess: An Education Industry Seminar Series
Robin-Lee Norris and Steven O’Melia present a Morning Recess seminar on “The Intersection of Municipal and Education Law.”
Understanding Your Role as an Elected Official from both a Legal and Political Perspective
Miller Thomson’s Edmonton Municipal Group hosts a seminar in Westlock on “Understanding Your Role as an Elected Official from both a Legal and Political Perspective.”
Steven O’Melia quoted in Law Times
Law Times, "Review of OMB means mandate tweak"
Eric Davis comments on Ontario Municipal Act in Ayr News article
Ayr News, "Expert says North Dumfries council can reveal why it decided not to buy former Foodland"
The Ontario Municipal Act does not prevent North Dumfries council from telling residents why it decided not to pursue purchasing the former Foodland building for its new township office, according to a Waterloo lawyer who specializes in municipal law.
Eric Davis quoted in Stratford Gazette on surplus farm severance
Stratford Gazette, "Allowing only local severance not supported by law"
After seeking legal counsel, Perth County Council was told by director of planning and development, Allan Rothwell, that current case law would not allow the County to limit cases of surplus farmhouse severance to residents of Perth County only.
Environmental Issues in Property Development
Miller Thomson seminar
Steven O’Melia interviewed by CTV News on municipal bylaws
CTV Kitchener, "Local mayors watch Hamilton's fight to have say in mailbox placement"
Local mayors say they’re keeping a close eye on Hamilton’s attempt to have a say in where community mailboxes are placed in the city. “I want to know what kind of control we as a municipality have over these kinds of...
It’s An Honour Just to be Nominated
7 D.M.P.L. (2d), February 2015, Issue 2
Hill v. Di Lullo and the nomination requirements of municipal elections.
Roberto Noce, Q.C. appears on Alberta Primetime
Roberto Noce, Q.C. discusses municipal elections, transparency in politics, and more on Alberta Primetime To view the video, click here.
Could a property-tax break revive mature neighbourhoods in Edmonton?
Roberto Noce, Q.C. provides commentary for the article by Gary Lamphier.
Magder v. Ford: A Call to Reform the Ontario Municipal Conflict of Interest Act
Municipal Lawyer 54:1, January/February 2013, 17
All Aboard the Conflict Train
Ontario’s Municipal Conflict of Interest Act and light rail transit in the Waterloo Region.