Land Development

At Cowle Law, we specialize in navigating the complexities of land development. Our seasoned expertise covers everything from zoning to environmental compliance, ensuring your project’s success. Choose us for a partnership that transforms your vision into reality, backed by legal precision and strategic foresight. Your land, our expertise.
Severance is the legal process of dividing a piece of land into two or more new parcels that can be sold or developed separately. This process requires careful consideration of local zoning bylaws, land-use planning policies, and the impact on the surrounding community. A successful severance application must address access to roads, utilities, environmental concerns, and suitability for future use. It often involves consultations with municipal planning departments and may require approval from local land division committees or adjustment boards.
Minor variances are exceptions granted to property owners seeking to use their land in a way that deviates slightly from municipal zoning bylaws. These variances might include small changes in setback requirements, building height, or lot coverage. To obtain a minor variance, applicants must prove that their proposal is desirable for the appropriate use of the land, that the variance is minor, and that it maintains the general intent and purpose of the zoning bylaw and the official plan.
Re-zoning applications involve changing the zoning classification of a property to permit a different type of development or land use that is not currently allowed under the existing zoning bylaws. This process requires a formal application, community consultation, and approval by the local municipal council. Re-zoning is a significant step in land development and must align with the broader planning goals and policies of the municipality.
An Official Plan Amendment is a formal procedure to change a municipality’s Official Plan, which guides long-term land use strategy. Amendments are often necessary when a proposed development does not conform to the existing plan. This process involves extensive public and stakeholder consultation, as well as detailed justification for how the amendment will benefit the community and align with broader planning objectives.
Condominium development is a specialized form of real estate development that involves creating individual ownership units within a larger property. It requires adherence to specific regulations and approval processes, including the creation of a legal framework that outlines the ownership structure, governance, and management of common areas. Developers must navigate complex legal and municipal requirements, ensuring compliance with building codes and condominium laws.

Creating a Plan of Subdivisions is a key step in the process of dividing land into individual lots for residential, commercial, or industrial development. This process requires detailed planning to ensure proper infrastructure, such as roads, sewers, and utilities, is in place to support the new development. It demands collaboration with municipal planners, engineers, and other stakeholders to ensure the subdivision meets all legal requirements and integrates well with existing and planned community services and facilities.

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