Municipalities, land owners, and developers can find themselves at odds with respect to planning issues and taxation.

WHAT WE DO?

We have decades of experience in advising both municipalities and land owners on issues commencing with annexation through land use, subdivision and development permits.

WE ARE YOUR RESOURCE

Municipal Counsellors is uniquely focused on providing legal advice and representation to these groups.

The scope of our advice encompasses all types of municipal management issues including corporate governance and representation at administrative tribunals. Our lawyers regularly appear before regulatory boards and tribunals.

We act as general legal counsel to municipalities and their tribunals such as subdivision and development appeal boards, local assessment review boards, composite assessment review boards as well as utility commissions.

PRACTICE AREAS

PRACTICE AREAS

With an extensive and long-standing practice in municipal and administrative law, municipal taxation as well as construction law, the scope of our advice encompasses all types of municipal management issues including corporate governance and representation at administrative tribunals.

TEAM

TEAM

Our team has an extended history and experience in municipal and administrative law. We have represented municipalities and developers with a broad range of needs for over 30 years.

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PRACTICE AREAS

With an extensive and long-standing practice in municipal and administrative law, municipal taxation as well as construction law, the scope of our advice encompasses all types of municipal management issues including corporate governance and representation at administrative tribunals. Our lawyers regularly appear before regulatory boards and tribunals.

  • Drafting and implementing development agreements.
  • Subdivision/development appeals.
  • Transportation issues.
  • Representing developers and builders with Safety Code and Building Code issues.
  • Other planning and development matters.

  • Intermunicipal disputes.
  • Annexations.

  • Representing ratepayers and tax agents before CARBs and LARBs.
  • The Court of Queen’s Bench and the Court of Appeal for property assessments and business taxes.

  • Labour relations.
  • Municipal borrowing.
  • Municipal corporate and commercial transactions.
  • Risk analysis and minimization.

  • Water acquisition and transfers.

  • Energy board applications.
  • Environmental issues and approvals.
  • Surface rights issues.

Municipal Counsellors

Municipal Counsellors has an extended history and experience in municipal and administrative law. We have represented municipalities and developers with a broad range of needs for over 30 years.

K.Hugh Ham BARRISTER AND SOLICITOR
K. Hugh Ham has practiced in the area of municipal and planning law since graduating from the University of Alberta Law School in 1977. Prior to receiving his law degree, Hugh earned a degree in economics from the University Calgary and worked as a financial analyst for a major Canadian chartered bank.

Hugh has represented developers and municipalities in Alberta before numerous subdivision and development appeal boards, assessment review boards and municipal councils. He has also appeared before the Alberta Court of Queens Bench and the Court of Appeal regarding issues such as planning approvals, municipal taxation, expropriation, and bylaw validity. A significant part of Hugh’s practice includes the preparation of development agreements and ancillary documents required for the implementation of major subdivision approvals.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Hugh is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Law Society of Alberta, the Calgary Bar Association and the Alberta Expropriation Association.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Planning and development matters
  • Expropriations
  • Annexations
YEAR OF CALL

  • 1978 (Alberta)
EDUCATION

  • University of Alberta, LL.B., 1977
  • University of Calgary, B.A., 1969

Contact

Contact us here to learn more about how we can assist you with your matter.

p: 403-571-0025

5838 Burbank Road SE
Calgary AB  T2H 1Z3

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