Land Development

Land development has been one of McCarter Grespan’s core practice areas since the Firm’s inception over 30 years ago. The Firm has represented land developers of a variety of projects, including developers of freehold, condominium, co-op, life lease, and other forms of development as well as lenders, builders, syndicators, REITS, and investors.

We guide our clients through each phase of the land development process, from land assembly to acquisition, planning and environmental processes, to registration of plans of subdivision, condominiums and other approvals and registrations.

Our Firm’s lawyers are experts in identifying and successfully navigating land development issues associated with today’s real property market including both “greenfield” and “brownfield” development and redevelopment for all sectors – residential, commercial/office, retail, institutional and industrial.

We are accustomed to working with development teams including consulting engineers, planners, environmental scientists, surveyors and other consultants and professionals through all aspects of a project from start to finish. In the course of practice in the broader spectrum of land development we have negotiated and prepared sophisticated multi-party agreements including servicing cost sharing agreements, cross-border agreements, DC credit for service and refund agreements, zoning and bonusing agreements, front ending agreements, municipal responsibility agreements, development, site plan and subdivision agreements, reciprocal operating and rights agreements, licenses, easements and other arrangements and agreements among land owners, condominiums, municipalities, other government authorities and agencies and/or others. Our Firm has been involved with many high profile projects in the Region of Waterloo and throughout the province of Ontario.

The McCarter Grespan team is extremely proud of our reputation of achieving results for our land development clients and our demonstrated ability to navigate through the myriad of ‘red tape’ and labyrinth of process of local, regional, provincial and federal governments required to obtain approvals and bring projects to a successful conclusion.