Municipal Law

Cohen Highley’s Municipal Law legal advisors act for property owners and investors, providing a range of advice on municipal law matters. We also act for developers seeking municipal approval of proposed land developments, including land lease and recreational uses and condominium conversions. We act for business and home owners seeking licence approvals; relief from by-law restrictions or other remedies or privileges authorized under the Municipal Act or related statutes.


We can help you:

  • Formulate and implement effective municipal strategies in the areas of municipal finance, land use planning, municipal administration and municipal governance.
  • Develop strategies to successfully formulate and implement private sector proposals for review, consideration and approval by municipal governments and related agencies, such as conservation authorities.
  • Determine practical solutions to cut through “red tape” at the municipal level and to ensure your applications for licensing or land use approvals are properly prepared and presented to appropriate committees or municipal representatives.
  • Negotiate with municipal officials and officers to secure results which take into account the needs and requirements of public and private interests.

Our experience in all aspects of Municipal Law advocacy enables us to assess and plan cases quickly and effectively. Extensive knowledge of the court system, the Municipal Act and related statutes, such as the Planning Act, allows us to provide our clients with a range of options and solutions to Municipal Law problems, and gives us the ability to formulate legal strategies that attempt to accommodate realistic public and private objectives. We have the experience and ability to recognize the limitations, financial and political, of municipal and private interests.

We believe that our practical, common-sense approach to goal achievement and problem solving gives us a distinct edge in the field of Municipal Law.


Our legal advisors have gained experience in Municipal Law matters by attending Continuing Legal Education programs; municipal and industry functions, and by participating in specialized programs relating to municipal and land use planning matters. We subscribe to numerous municipal and land use publications and make the effort to contribute to our local communities through a range of volunteer and industry committee activities.

Our clients include prominent land development companies; business corporations and municipalities. Our clients also include private citizens attempting to understand and respond to the complexities of the specialized field of Municipal Law.

At the Appellate Court and Tribunal levels, and in Superior Court, we have established important legal precedents which are relied upon by other courts and the Tribunal in the determination of related cases.

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Legal Assistant: Valerie Potter (, ext. 360) Paul practises in the firm’s administrative law group with an emphasis on representing property owners in connection with residential tenancies law, municipal planning and zoning, and municipal property assessment appeals.  Paul graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from Brock University. Paul has obtained his paralegal license designation…

Laura practises in the area of administrative law, including condominium, residential tenancies,municipal, planning and zoning, expropriations, and property tax and accessibility law. Laura is a member and active contributor to numerous condominium, development and housing industry organizations.

Joe's main areas of practice include residential tenancies, municipal planning and zoning, expropriations, and property tax assessment appeals. Joe has a wealth of litigation experience before a variety of boards, tribunals, and appellate courts. He is author of "A Practical Guide to the Tenant Protection Act".

Tyler practises in the corporate/commercial, real estate and estate planning department. He obtained an Honours of Business Administration degree with distinction in 2005. In 2006, he obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree. Tyler’s practice includes residential and commercial real estate transactions, estate planning, estate administration, incorporations and corporate transactions.

Stephanie practices in commercial litigation with a focus on construction law, real estate law, municipal law and estate litigation. Stephanie also represents clients before administrative bodies and tribunals in relation to real estate transactions and Planning Act matters. While a student at Western, Stephanie was named top oralist in both the Lerners Cup finals and…

Mark practises in the firm's administrative law department, including condominium law, residential tenancies, municipal law, planning and zoning, expropriations and provincial offences.