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Municipal Law Services

  • Preparation of and attendance at Superior Court, the Ontario land Tribunal, and other provincial tribunals
  • Preparation and attendance at Local Planning Appeal Tribunal hearings and other tribunals
  • Complete support for Committee of Adjustment applications and appearances
  • Drafting of by-laws, contracts and leases
  • Preparation of conveyances and severances
  • Land use planning, including development and subdivision agreements
  • By-law enforcement
  • Municipal taxation and development charges
  • Interpretation of election and procurement law

Municipal & Planning Law is a complex combination of local by-laws and provincial legislation / regulations that touches on all aspects of daily life. Municipalities, public bodies, developers, community groups, and individuals each play an important role in the municipal process, but their goals can often come into conflict. Navigating this challenging environment requires an experienced, common-sense approach to resolving legal matters.

The SV Law Municipal Practice Group actively serves all sectors in the municipal field. We provide ongoing counsel on planning- and zoning-related matters, including official plan amendments and re-zonings, plans of subdivision, site plans, minor variances, and severances, as well as Ontario Land Tribunal Appeals.  We also regularly handle municipal conflicts of interest, prosecutions, by-law drafting, municipal tax sales, heritage matters, public procurement, expropriations, and municipal elections.

Our lawyers work diligently to help municipalities and other public bodies, developers, residents' associations, and private citizens navigate the labyrinth that is municipal and planning law.

SV Law represents several municipalities in southwestern Ontario, as well as various developers and individual clients at the Ontario Land Tribunal, and before municipal Councils and Committees of Adjustment.

Municipal Law Clerks / Assistants

Guelph Office

Patricia Peter

Clerk T. 519-837-2100 x.253 E.

Carla Wendorf

Clerk T. 519-837-2100 x.282 E.