Practice Areas

Real Property

Lawyers in this area of practice

Municipalities must deal with real estate they own and maintain. DD West LLP works with municipalities to meet their obligations by utilizing practitioners with broad experience in many different areas of municipal real estate services. We have a broad and in-depth knowledge of real estate matters affecting municipalities and public sectors. Our team can provide advice and assistance on all aspects of real property law including the following matters:
  • land purchases and sales
  • right-of-way agreements
  • subdivisions
  • development agreements
  • leases
  • easements
  • road openings and closures.
Expropriations
Municipalities are granted under legislation, the power to expropriate. Expropriation is a tool that local governments have at their disposal that is rarely utilized as efficiently as it could be. DD West LLP is proud to have assisted numerous local governments in planning land, building and public utility acquisitions through expropriation and often with the consent of the landowners themselves.
 
Municipalities must ensure that expropriations are done in good faith for proper purposes and uses and they are not done to thwart actions or intended uses by other parties. As the face of your community changes, the local government must have a plan to replace infrastructure, mitigate natural disasters or transition private assets to public uses. Whether you require a voluntary buyout program, a consent expropriation, or an expropriation without consent, contact our Expropriation Law group for a consultation on your specific needs.
 
Characteristic Work and Projects:
Our experience includes the negotiation and drafting of agreements and leases, assisting with obtaining financial assistance if required, reviewing matters for compliance with development plans, and zoning by-laws.We prepare for municipalities purchase and sale agreements, complex subdivision applications and sale of lands, land acquisitions and sales, road acquisitions and sales, leasing, licensing, restricted covenants, utility rights of way, conservation agreements, access agreements, expropriations, and gravel leases.