municipal and land use planning law  


Navigating the complexities of municipal policies and regulations presents unique challenges for participants in today's real estate and development market. Organizations need highly experienced and dedicated municipal law experts with the know-how, resources and reputation necessary to help them succeed and thrive in the complex municipal approvals process.

McMillan's Commercial Real Estate Group is a recognized leader in municipal land use planning and property development law. In fact, since 2003, we have consistently ranked as one of the Top 10 municipal law firms in Toronto and the GTA by Novae Res Urbis. This distinction – which reflects not only the volume and complexity of cases, but also the results achieved – is proof of the power of McMillan's results-oriented approach.

With extensive experience appearing before committees of adjustment, municipal councils, and administrative tribunals, such as the Ontario Municipal Board, as well as all levels of court including general division, provincial courts and courts of appeal, our municipal law team is well positioned to advocate for a wide range of interests in both the private and public sectors. That is why our team is regularly sought out by a wide range of organizations including corporate entities, developers, land and property owners, ratepayers, governments at all levels, religious organizations, and community and charitable groups.

McMillan professionals help clients lead by:

  • Obtaining the full range of development approvals
  • Coordinating the submission of expert reports, architectural and engineering plans, surveys, draft agreements and other documentation
  • Representing clients before administrative tribunals and the courts
  • Negotiating and drafting settlement, servicing, development, section 37, and site plan approval agreements
  • Liaising with government staff and local representatives
  • Advising and representing clients in expropriation proceedings
  • Assisting clients with heritage preservation matters
  • Obtaining environmental approvals and assisting with brownfield redevelopments
  • Advising and defending clients in safety code compliance matters
  • Representing clients on judicial review applications and planning appeals
  • Amexon Holdings Inc. – Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments for 60-80 Park Lawn Road, Etobicoke (PL050003) – Mixed-use development including two residential towers totalling 588 dwelling units
  • Azuria Group (1212736 Ontario Limited & 1212765 Ontario Limited) – Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments for 5555 Dundas Street West and 10 Shorncliffe Road, Etobicoke (PL110757) – Mixed-use development on 9.08 ha (22.43 acres) including commercial retail and office space as well as over 2000 residential condominium units
  • River Oaks Investments Inc. – Zoning By-law Amendment for 357-363 King Street West and 62 Peter Street, Toronto (PL110552) – 40-storey mixed-use development containing 242 residential units and at-grade retail
  • St. James' Cathedral – Density transfer from St. James' Cathedral to 33-45 Lombard Street and 98-110 Church Street to permit the erection of a mixed use retail-residential building (PL031120)
March 23, 2020

Municipal and Land Use Planning; Development Bulletin

February 2020

Construction Law Bulletin

May 2019

Municipal Law Bulletin

March 2019

Restructuring and Insolvency Bulletin

September 2018

Municipal Law and Litigation Bulletin

August 2018

Municipal Law Bulletin

July 2018

Municipal Law Bulletin

April 2018

Litigation Bulletin

March 2018

Construction Law Bulletin

February 2018

Construction Law Bulletin

September 2017

Capital Markets

May 2017

Municipal Law Bulletin

March 2017

Municipal Law Bulletin

February 21, 2017

Municipal Law Bulletin

October 2016

Real Estate Bulletin

January 2016
Municipal Law Bulletin
June 2015
Municipal Law Bulletin
May 2015
Six Minute Municipal Lawyer
December 2013
Municipal Law Bulletin