Land Use Planning and Municipal Law
- Bruce C. Ketcheson
- R. Andrew Biggart
- John R. Hart
- Effie Lidakis
- Joshua Silver
- Sarah Dale-Harris
- John C. L. Ritchie, Of Counsel
We have gained our Municipal Law expertise representing various municipalities in Ontario over the course of many years. Our firm was originally established to provide legal services in a wide range of practice areas to the former City of Etobicoke, before its amalgamation into the present City of Toronto.
Since the amalgamation, we have continued to represent the City of Toronto on a number of matters, including acting as special counsel in connection with the approval process related to the post-amalgamation of the Toronto Official Plan and its Central Waterfront Secondary Plan.
In addition to our work for the City of Toronto, we also act for the Towns of Ajax, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, Oakville, Orangeville, Richmond Hill, Whitby, Whitchurch-Stouffville, as well as the Cities of Burlington and Markham.
We frequently appear before Municipal Councils and Committees, both in public and in camera, to provide advice on legal, governance and operating matters of the municipality, including sensitive personnel matters, the licensing of businesses within a municipality and the procedures to be followed when requesting tenders for contracts.
Our firm also acts for a wide range of private clients on various Land Use Planning and Municipal matters within the GTA. John founded the firm in 1980 that has evolved into the present day Ritchie Ketcheson Hart & Biggart LLP.
Land Use Planning:
The scope of our work includes the provision of legal services to Municipalities, large residential and commercial builders and developers as well as individual homeowners and community associations. We assist clients throughout the development application process. We have appeared before Municipal Councils and their committees in matters relating to Official Plan Amendments, Re-Zoning matters, Interim Control By-Laws and Minor Variance matters. Where necessary, we have attended at the Ontario Municipal Board and in Court in respect of appeals and other challenges related to these matters.
If you would like to find out more about our Municipal Law services, please contact us.
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