Navigating the complex challenges in Municipal Law.

Municipal Lawyers

Drafting, Interpreting, and Enforcing By-laws

We regularly act as prosecutors under the Municipal Act, Planning Act, Building Code Act, Fire Protection and Prevention Act, Health Protection and Promotion Act, Conservation Authorities Act and many municipal by-laws. Through this practice, we seek to continually reflect Council’s priorities in plain English within an enforceable by-law.

Specifically, we draft by-laws and amendments to by-laws on the following topics:

  • Tree preservation
  • Fill and site alteration
  • Noise
  • Signs
  • Property standards
  • Brownfield redevelopment
  • Parking
  • Highways and encroachments
  • Waste management
  • Sewer use and utility fees
  • Animal control
  • Economic development
  • Procurement and pesticides

For assistance with your municipal law enquiry, please contact Karen James by email or 613.544.0211, ext. 8046.

Negotiation of Agreements

Strategic Advice on Municipal Agreements

If you are seeking advice in the creation or negotiation of agreements related to municipal governments, our Municipal team can support you. 

With years of experience, we have successfully supported clients in the strategic negotiation of agreements in the following matters:

  • Cost sharing
  • Front-ending services
  • Municipal responsibility agreements for communal services
  • Local services agreements
  • Encroachments
  • Easements and leases

For assistance with your municipal law enquiry, please contact Karen James by email or 613.544.0211, ext. 8046.

Amendments and Injunctions

Land Use Planning and Property Matters

Are you looking to take the next steps in a land use planning project? Our municipal team routinely supports clients in resolving a wide variety of matters that arise in land use planning and property projects.

Specifically, we regularly appear before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal for land use planning appeals which include but are not limited to:

  • Minor Variances
  • Official Plan Amendments
  • Zoning By-Law Amendments
  • Expropriation Matters

Our expertise extends to applications before the Superior Court of Justice on a variety of planning matters, such as:

  • Injunctions
  • Building Code Act Violations
  • Municipal Act Proceedings
  • Challenges to municipal by-laws

We work on these matters routinely, ensuring that we are up to date on any process or legal changes that may affect your project. Our extensive experience allows us to efficiently and promptly get to the root of your matter.

For assistance with your municipal law enquiry, please contact Karen James by email or 613.544.0211, ext. 8046.

Municipal Election Support

We work closely with clients to provide timely opinions and experienced advice on all aspects of municipal elections. Further, we regularly act as special prosecutors for Municipal Election Act prosecutions. These combined skillsets allow us to best support our clients with strategic advice tailored to their situation.

Our service offerings in election support include but are not limited to:

  • Lame Duck solutions
  • Eligibility opinions
  • Vacancies
  • Contested Elections

For assistance with your municipal law enquiry, please contact Karen James by email or 613.544.0211, ext. 8046.

Assessment Appeals

Property Tax

We routinely provide advice to and advocate for a number of municipal governments on tax sales, collection matters, and the tax sale process. We have extensive experience in assessment appeals, having appeared before the Assessment Review Board and all levels of courts. Our team will work with you to address your property tax needs with efficiency and skill. We are committed to developing long-term relationships with you and your governing body to ensure that you always have support, just a phone call away.

For assistance with your municipal law enquiry, please contact Karen James by email or 613.544.0211, ext. 8046.

Municipality Legislation

Governance

We regularly provide advice and opinions on all legislation that impacts municipal governments. In doing this, we focus on identifying specific risks and providing a complete understanding of a municipality’s obligations. We do this work diligently and ensure that our recommendations will arm Council with the information they need to govern effectively.

Specifically, we provide advice on the following governance-related matters:

  • Municipal Act
  • Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
  • Development Charges Act
  • Municipal Conflict of Interest Act
  • Municipal Elections Act

For assistance with your municipal law enquiry, please contact Karen James by email or 613.544.0211, ext. 8046.

Integrity Commissioner

Cunningham Swan’s Municipal Team is appointed as Integrity Commissioner to more than 45 municipalities in Southeastern Ontario. As an Integrity Commissioner, we draft Codes of Conduct and Staff/Council Relations Policies.

We train councillors and board and committee members on their ethical obligations to the extent of their needs. Further, we conduct investigations of complaints under the Code of Conduct as well as the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act to make appropriate recommendations to Councils. As part of our mandate, we also provide advice to members to aid them in avoiding conflicts and breaches of their ethical obligations.

For assistance with your municipal law enquiry, please contact Karen James by email or 613.544.0211, ext. 8046.

Municipal Lawyers

Our Municipal Law team understands the weight of the decisions you are making and is committed to providing the highest level of support. 

Tony Fleming

613.546.8096

Tony Fleming is our firm’s Associate Managing Partner and the supervising Partner in our

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David Munday*

613.546.8091

David Munday is a Partner in our Real Estate group and has been with

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Lisa Scheulderman

613.546.8071

Lisa Scheulderman is an Associate in our Municipal Law group. Lisa provides advice to

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Spencer Putnam

613.546.8098

Spencer Putnam is an Associate in our Municipal group. Spencer summered and articled with the

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