With expertise in Montréal, Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver, Stikeman Elliott’s Municipal & Land Use Group delivers strategic advice on a broad range of land development, planning, and municipal law matters. Clients include municipalities, large-scale residential developers, commercial landowners and developers, institutional clients, industrial clients, infrastructure, and transit authorities.

The Municipal & Land Use Group facilitates the delivery of development permissions, permits, licenses, and regulatory approvals. We work closely with clients to identify key issues and strategic approaches to “get the shovel in the ground.”

Strong relationships fostered with senior municipal staff and politicians allow us to secure approvals and permits for a variety of complex and politically sensitive development proposals. When disputes arise, governments, corporations, landowners, and developers rely on our skill and versatility to advocate at each step of an approvals process, from pursuing minor variances at Committees of Adjustment, to arguing before the Supreme Court of Canada. Clients count on us to bring complex and challenging matters to successful resolution.

Our Expertise

  • Brownfields redevelopment
  • Condominium agreements
  • Cost sharing agreements
  • Demolition
  • Development charges and levies
  • Due diligence
  • Environmental assessments
  • Governance structures
  • Heritage easements
  • Independent power production facilities
  • Industrial and sensitive land use compatibility
  • Industrial approvals
  • Institutional developments
  • Land use approvals
  • Mines and quarries
  • Minor variances
  • Municipal financing
  • Municipal undertakings
  • Office replacement strategies
  • Official plan amendments
  • Opinions
  • Parkland dedication
  • Pre-development and development agreements
  • Privatization and outsourcing
  • Project management
  • Property tax assessment appeals
  • Public and media relations
  • Public-private partnerships (P3)
  • Rental housing replacement
  • Residential and mixed use developments
  • Rezoning
  • Site plan approvals
  • Shopping centres and power centres
  • Sports facilities
  • Subdivision approvals
  • Urban renewal projects
  • Warehousing and self-storage
  • Water and wastewater facilities
  • Zoning by-law amendments