Corporate Planning & Development

Corporate Planning & Development

What is Planning and Development Law?

Planning and Development law covers a broad range of legal concerns for cities or municipalities, and developers of property. Whenever a new subdivision is created, a new building complex is proposed or land must be expropriated, this falls under the category of Planning and Development.

However, this area of law is not exclusively about buildings and permits, it also covers municipal law. Under municipal law, matters of education law, civil rights and a variety of other legal concerns are addressed.

Areas of Planning and Development Law


Real Estate and Subdivision Law

From an application for severance or minor variance to negotiating a comprehensive development agreement, DSF has the expertise to help its clients navigate the regulatory framework surrounding land development.

Expropriation Law

Expropriation law covers the taking of land from an owner without their consent – often because the land is needed for a public purpose such as a road. DSF has helped clients to successfully navigate the complex laws surrounding this often-difficult legal matter.

Aggregate Extraction

DSF has particular expertise dealing with issues of aggregates and aggregate extraction. Our lawyers have extensive experience and a successful track record of applying for license applications under the Aggregate Resources Act and environmental assessments. Additionally, we have effectively represented clients at hearings before the Environmental Assessment Board, the Environmental Review Tribunal, the Consolidated Hearing Board and the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. We can also advise on applications for Judicial Review.

Small Business Law

DSF lawyers respect and value the contribution that small businesses make to our communities. Our team of business lawyers offers quality, affordable legal council and representation for HR disputes, lawsuits, contract drafts and the many other legal concerns small businesses face.

Municipal Law

Municipal law covers several critical legal areas including planning and development, environmental concerns and human resource matters. DSF has extensive experience in all of these areas and can successfully represent individuals and municipalities in matters of municipal law.

Why Choose DSF for Your Planning and Development

Devry Smith Frank LLP (“DSF”) has been named as one of the top Toronto development law firms by Novae Res Urbis – the premier source of news, information and commentary about municipal government and urban planning in the GTA.

This proud distinction has allowed us to gain even greater experience in areas of planning and development law including aggregate extraction, and municipal law. Our planning and development group incorporates lawyers with expertise in land development, condominiums, LPAT, real estate and litigation.

We help clients navigate the maze of statutory and regulatory requirements relating to resource extraction. Additionally, DSF’s lawyers are members of the Ontario Stone, Sand and Gravel Association and have extensive experience and success with license applications under the Aggregate Resources Act.