Municipalities in British Columbia are continuing to undergo substantial urban growth. That growth can face important physical constraints (in the Lower Mainland, for example, mountains, oceans and rivers and the US border) and other equally important policy and practical constraints established in the regulatory regimes of multiple levels of government and government agencies (municipalities, Regional Districts, the Agricultural Land Commission, fisheries and so on). More rural areas also face significant development pressures and opportunities, including through multi-phased projects that allow involve significant infrastructure investments that are recovered over significant build-out periods.
In the area of municipal/administrative law, we help our clients accomplish their goals by navigating through the regulatory framework in an effort to achieve economically viable outcomes that are socially acceptable and environmentally sound. In some cases, that involves negotiating development agreements or advising how to work within a given regime. In other cases, we represent client interests in administrative litigation that determines the scope and impact of an existing regulatory regime. In yet other cases, we make submissions that change those regimes, by helping to shape public policy at the provincial and municipal level.
Matthew Southwest Bethel
- Negotiate a 20-year Phased Development Agreement, together with a Development Cost Charge Front Ender Agreement, a zoning bylaw amendment, official community plan bylaw amendment and numerous other agreements, in the context of a community transforming development on Squamish waterfront, comprising 1,136 residential units and more than 2 million square feet of residential, commercial and industrial development. Bylaws are adopted September 2015, with Provincial approval for 20 year term
Brenhill Developments Ltd.
- Secure an expedited Court of Appeal hearing to facilitate the reversal of a BC Supreme Court decision that had invalidated a development permit approval and a rezoning bylaw, and which had thereby halted a 13-storey 162-unit amenity social housing building that was already well under construction, and put at risk the 36-storey 448 residential unit building in close proximity. Court of Appeal reverses the lower court decision, with leave to the Supreme Court of Canada refused
Century Group Lands Corp.
- Negotiate a 20-year Phased Development Agreement, and rezoning and official community plan bylaw amendments, and a precinct subdivision, to allow 950 residential units, a substantial market square and commercial uses in the formerly contentious “Southlands” area in Delta. Bylaws are adopted July 2016, with Provincial approval for 20 year term
- Negotiate a consent by TransLink under a statutory right of way, for a mixed-use project comprising 349 condominium units, a 144 suite world-class boutique hotel, 5 floors of office and additional retail space in proximity to a transit line
- Official community plan amendments
- Re-zoning, and phased development agreements
- Development permits, variance permits
- Other local government approvals
- Advise on land use issues involving other entities, such as the Agricultural Land Commission, TransLink, Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Inspector of Municipalities
- Land assembly
- Advising and litigating the validity of municipal bylaws
- Assisting on public-private partnerships
- Negotiating changes to Provincial legislation and regulations
- Construction, request for proposals and tendering
- Public sector licensees in technology projects
We recognize that our clients develop Vancouver and British Columbia’s land and infrastructure into viable and livable communities, and we are proud of the part we play in that.