Municipal, Planning & Land Development

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 Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, the Assessment Review Board and the Environmental Review Tribunal.

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Miller Thomson continues strategic growth

Miller Thomson recognizes that the complexities of today’s business landscape increasingly call for legal solutions that span multiple disciplines and jurisdictions. With a continued focus on building our national platform, we are pleased to welcome the following lawyers who have...

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Miller Thomson recognized in 2018 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

In the recently released 2018 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, 90 Miller Thomson lawyers across 35 areas of law have been recognized for their industry-leading advisory expertise.  These rankings are the culmination of an extensive annual peer review process...

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Miller Thomson advises winners of top GTA real estate award

On March 22, 2018, NAIOP Greater Toronto announced the winners of the 2017 REX Awards at a gala celebration. NAIOP is the pre-eminent Commercial Real Estate Industry/Development Association in North America. The REX Awards celebrate the achievements of the office, industrial, retail...

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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...

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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....

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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

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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...

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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...

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Roberto Noce, Q.C., is featured on Alberta Primetime – Vocal Point

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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.

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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

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Roberto Noce, Q.C. is discussing land development and rezoning on Calgary’s Newstalk QR770 at 5:15 MST

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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.

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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).

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Miller Thomson 2018 Montréal Construction Law Conference

Featuring: claims, blockchain, quantification of damages, insurance, AMF, tax, cannabis and more! Join us on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 for a daylong conference intended for all construction and real estate sector stakeholders and keep appraised of the most recent developments...

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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 : etardif@millerthomson.com L’appellation « Organisme à but non lucratif » (« OBNL ») n’est pas...

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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:...

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Municipal Law Update

Roberto Noce, Q.C. hosts a seminar on municipal law in Devon, AB. Location: Devon Golf & Country Club

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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.”

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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.”

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Use and Non-Use of Licensed Land Agents by Renewable Energy Companies

In Alberta, oil and gas companies have long required the services of accredited land agents in acquiring or leasing land to exploit the mineral resources there.  The recent surge in interest in renewable energy sources, especially wind and solar, presents...

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Reminder Notice to Real Estate Owners and Tenants in Quebec – 2018-2020 Property Assessment Appeals

Deadline : April 30, 2018 The value of your Quebec property is assessed every three years by the relevant assessing authority (“Authority”), depending on the assessment cycle your municipality is part of. This triennial assessment will determine the property taxes...

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Steve O’Melia is quoted in the Waterloo Chronicle on Ontario Municipal Board hearing regarding proposed Muslim centre

Waterloo Chronicle, "OMB says Muslim centre opponents can’t remain anonymous"

Fear of harassment with limited support for the assertion isn’t a good enough reason to keep the names of those fighting a proposed Muslim centre on Erbsville Road confidential. In a decision handed down Feb. 26, the Ontario Municipal Board...

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Steve O’Melia is quoted in the Waterloo Region Record in an article on an OMB appeal regarding proposed Muslim centre

The Record, "OMB says Muslim centre opponents can’t remain anonymous"

Fear of harassment with limited support for the assertion isn’t a good enough reason to keep the names of those fighting a proposed Muslim centre on Erbsville Road confidential. In a decision handed down Feb. 26, the Ontario Municipal Board...

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Environmental Liability of Commercial Landlords: Limited Landlord Liability for Acts/Omissions of its Tenants

A case review of Sorbam v Litwack 2017 ONSC 706 (CanLII), aff’d 2017 ONCA 850 Synopsis The case involves a somewhat typical contaminated land dispute between neighbouring commercial property owners. The plaintiff conducted investigations on its property in support of...

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Steve O’Melia is quoted in the Waterloo Chronicle on a case involving the appeal of a proposed Muslim Prayer Centre

Waterloo Chronicle, "Appeal of Muslim prayer centre goes forward with disputes outstanding"

An appeal of a proposed Muslim prayer centre is proceeding to a full Ontario Municipal Board hearing April 24 – 27, but it didn’t come without some disagreement. In a pretrial OMB hearing that dragged on all day, the appeal...

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“Green” Changes Announced for Ontario Building Code

On July 14, 2017, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs announced the replacement of the Ontario Building Code, effective January 1, 2019. The changes are being made to include new requirements supporting the government’s Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) of June...

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What Does the Elimination of the Ontario Municipal Board Mean? – Preliminary Expectations

The Ontario government has announced that it will introduce legislation to replace the Ontario Municipal Board (“OMB”) with a new Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (“LPAT”).  The most important change is the elimination of the OMB’s power to substitute its decision...

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New Real Property Register Requirement

On December 10, 2016 the Forfeited Corporate Property Act, 2015 (“FCPA”) came into force in Ontario.  This act makes it easier for the Government of Ontario to use or sell property that has been forfeited to the Ontario Crown upon...

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New Vancouver-Area Real Estate Taxes

Two taxes have been recently introduced in the Vancouver area, designed to cool the local estate market. The BC “Foreign Buyer Tax” Effective August 2, 2016, a transfer tax of 15% of fair market value is payable by “foreign nationals”...

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Sunlife and Bentall Kennedy in joint venture to develop premier rental location in Toronto’s Parkdale neigbourhood

Counsel to Sun Life Investment Management and Bentall Kennedy

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Marriott International completes $335 million sale of Sheraton Centre

Canadian counsel to Marriott International, Inc.

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