Chris Barnett is a partner at the firm and practises in the areas of administrative and regulatory law, with a focus on municipal and planning advice and environmental approvals. He is the Chair of the Municipal Law Section Executive of the Ontario Bar Association.
He specializes in providing clients in both the public and private sectors with strategic advice on co-ordinating and addressing the various levels of approvals required for complex projects.
Chris advises public sector clients on a broad range of matters, including growth management issues, cultural heritage, parkland dedication/valuations, employment land and aggregate resource policies, as well as ward boundary reviews.
He also advises large landowner groups on Development Charges and cost sharing matters, environmental assessment processes and approvals and the implications of provincial policies and initiatives.
He has been selected as the 2015 Municipal Law Best Lawyer of the Year (Toronto) by Best Lawyers in Canada, and is “Repeatedly Recommended” in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory for Property Development.
Chris appears regularly before the Ontario Municipal Board and municipal councils, and has appeared before Environmental Review Tribunal and all levels of courts in Ontario.