PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
Brownlee LLP combines unparalleled expertise with a critical understanding of Alberta legislation and progressive legal approaches to create a highly specialized practice in planning and development.

Brownlee LLP acts on behalf of municipalities across Alberta in relation to:

  • development proposals
  • development permit applications, subdivision applications and related matters
  • appearing before subdivision and development appeal boards
  • advising subdivision and development appeal boards on all aspects of operations and decision-making
  • appearances before the Municipal Government Board
  • appeals of decisions reached by the Municipal Government Board or subdivision and development appeal boards to the Alberta Court of Appeal

Brownlee also represents parties (such as developers) that go before subdivision and development appeal boards.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY SERVICES
Our knowledge of the planning and development field encourages our clients to seek out our advice whenever they are proactively shaping their organizations to better handle challenges. Brownlee helps its municipal clients by:

  • establishing unique intermunicipal entities such as the Alberta Heartland Industrial Association
  • negotiating and administering development agreements
  • handling all aspects of municipal infrastructure and servicing
  • preparing and reviewing general municipal plans, area redevelopment plans and land use bylaws
  • creating processes for considering adoption of bylaws or application approvals

Additionally, we annually teach numerous applied land use planning courses through the Faculty of Extension at the University of Alberta. Our students include municipal planners, administrators and development officers.

MUNICIPAL REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS AND CONTRACTS
Brownlee regularly guides clients through real estate transactions and contracting, examples include:

  • standard purchase agreements and sale agreements
  • subdivision and sale agreements for sales of portion of parcels
  • land exchange agreements
  • confidential acquisitions by municipalities and assemblies of lands for major projects
  • road acquisition agreements
  • lease, license, encroachment, easement, restrictive covenant, and utility right of way agreements
  • sale and construction agreements with covenants to build and options to repurchase
  • conservation easement agreements
  • telecommunication tower site agreements, leases and licenses
  • access agreements
  • gravel leases and purchases
  • road closures and sales

MUNICIPAL LITIGATION
Brownlee represents municipal clients when they face legal challenges such as:

  • judicial reviews arising from assessment appeals
  • administrative hearings, including assessment appeals
  • subdivision and development appeals
  • utility regulatory hearings

PRACTICE TEAM

BARRY A. SJOLIE, Q.C. partner

Tel: 1-780-497-4818
Email: bsjolie@brownleelaw.com

BRYCE LAWRENCE associate

Tel: 1-780-497-4845
Email: blawrence@brownleelaw.com

CHARLOTTE A. ST. DENNIS associate

Tel: 1-780-497-4829
Email: cstdennis@brownleelaw.com

DAVID M. PICK  managing partner

Tel: 1-403-260-5303
Email: dpick@brownleelaw.com

DEREK J. KING partner

Tel: 1-403-260-1472
Email: dking@brownleelaw.com

JENEANE S. GRUNDBERG partner

Tel: 1-780-497-4812
Email: jgrundberg@brownleelaw.com

JILL L.A. SHEWARD partner

Tel: 1-780-497-4835
Email: jsheward@brownleelaw.com

JOHN H.J. GESCHER associate

Tel: 1-403-260-1471
Email: jgescher@brownleelaw.com

KELLEY FISKE-NIELSEN associate

Tel: 1-403-260-1464
Email: kfiskenielsen@brownleelaw.com

LORNE I. RANDA partner

Tel: 1-780-497-4832
Email: lranda@brownleelaw.com

MICHAEL D. MCLAWS associate

Tel: 1-403-260-1469
Email: mmclaws@brownleelaw.com

JENELLE R. BUTLER associate

Tel: 1-780-497-4838
Email: jbutler@brownleelaw.com