WE KNOW PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT
Devine Park LLP specializes in a full range of planning and development matters that arise under the Planning Act and other provincial legislation. We represent and assist clients through all aspects of the development approval process, including Official Plan, Zoning By-law, Draft Plan of Subdivision, Minor Variance, Site Plan and Building Permit applications. We also provide advice to clients respecting employment land conversion, interim control by-laws, severances and consents, and residential demolition/rental replacement matters. Our expertise is based on extensive experience coordinating experts, submitting applications, negotiating conditions, drafting agreements and appealing matters to the Ontario Municipal Board (now known as the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal), where necessary. Section 37 Agreements, arising from increases in height and density during rezoning, are a particular focus of our practice.
The majority of our planning and development work is for projects located in the Greater Toronto Area, including a number of high-profile projects in Downtown Toronto. Our recent projects include the following:
- Mixed-Use Redevelopment of the Buttonville Airport Lands
- Mixed-Use High-rise Redevelopment at 1 Yonge Street
- Mirvish + Gehry Project on King Street West
- The Florian at 88 Davenport Road
- Infill Development at 350 Danforth, 651 Warden and 671 Warden
- Seaton Lands, Pickering
- One Valhalla Towns and Condos
- One St. Thomas
- Atrium on Bay Redevelopment
- Redevelopment at 695 Bay Street and 43, 49 and 51 Gerrard Street West
we know HERITAGE MATTERS
Devine Park LLP also has extensive experience in advising clients with the development of properties involving cultural heritage value or interest. We provide insights into how the Ontario Heritage Act informs the development process, and can advise property owners whose land is designated or is being considered for designation under the Act. We assist in developing strategic plans to respond to municipal heritage initiatives in order to protect existing or future development rights.
we knOW EXPROPRIATIONS
Where a municipality or government authority is proposing to expropriate an interest in land, Devine Park LLP advises clients on all aspects of the expropriation process. We provide strategic advice to both owners and tenants on the key considerations at each stage of the process, from the consideration of a hearing of necessity, through negotiation with the expropriating authority, to arbitration before the Ontario Municipal Board (and its successor, the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal), if necessary. We put clients in contact with top experts in planning, appraisal and accounting to ensure that every decision is informed by the best information available and that our clients are properly compensated based on the highest and best use for the land.
WE KNOW pARKLAND valuation appeals
In recent years, our team has been recognized for its successful resolution of a number of parkland valuation appeals in Ontario, including Section 42 applications/appeals to the Ontario Municipal Board and the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. Our work in this area includes negotiation with municipalities on behalf of property owners, facilitation of expert feedback on valuation, and engagement of the appeal process where required. These appeals have become more prevalent as many municipalities are now applying alternative parkland rates which have significant impacts on the financial viability of projects.
we know development charges
Devine Park LLP also represents and advises property owners and developers on issues relating to development charges. We have experience in the negotiation of development, servicing and cost sharing agreements, between both landowners and municipalities and between two or more landowners.