Simon Fraser University

Planning and Zoning Law Refresher
November 23, 2017 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
SFU Harbour Centre
515 W. Hastings St.
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This day-long seminar will provide a refresher on the foundational cases in Canadian planning law and explore some fundamental problems in the drafting of enforceable zoning regulations. It will be of interest to planners practicing in B.C., particularly those with responsibility for drafting zoning regulations.


Part 1 of the seminar will examine a handful of landmark decisions from the Supreme Court of Canada that provide part of the common law foundation of Canadian planning and zoning. Canada’s highest court has rendered decisions in a surprising array of land use management matters, including people zoning, fettering of legislative powers, development charges, public hearing procedures, division of powers between federal and local governments, and regulatory takings. A selection of these cases will be discussed.


Part 2 of the seminar will explore common pitfalls in the drafting of zoning regulations. Every zoning bylaw contains a categorization of land uses and a plentiful supply of associated definitions. Not surprisingly, these are the source of most bylaw interpretation problems and litigation. The second portion of the seminar will break these problems down and look at how the drafting of land use regulations can actually align with current land use trends to produce a more understandable and enforceable bylaw.

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