Municipal & Planning Law
Municipal government is the level of government that most directly affects people. The practice of municipal law demands knowledge of governance and regulation. Our municipal law practice is a companion to our administrative law practice. Our clients benefit from our expertise in both areas.
We act as general counsel to many Alberta municipalities. We advise and act on a wide variety of issues for municipalities, including bylaw drafting, land use planning, civil litigation, labour and employment matters, legislative compliance; intermunicipal disputes, annexations, judicial reviews and appeals.
We act as counsel to municipal tribunals. This work sees us advising subdivision development appeal boards, assessment review boards and other municipal boards.
As the provincial population grows and the economy diversifies, the potential for conflict in land use increases. We represent individuals and corporations who need assistance in their dealings with municipalities.
Our firm has a history in planning law, stemming from our long association with Fred Laux, Q.C., who sadly passed away in 2016. Fred was, of course, the author of the leading text, Planning Law and Practice In Alberta, and his work in this area is being carried on by Gwendolyn Stewart-Palmer, who has taken over updating and editing that text.