Lyn Townsend practises municipal, planning and development law. For more than 30 years, her practice involved not only planning matters but also financial issues related to development including development charges, parkland contributions, and other types of payments such as bonusing. She has a broad perspective on the practice area, having represented municipalities, developers and residents throughout her career, and having sat as a member of the Committee of Adjustment.
Lyn currently focuses on mediation and facilitated negotiation to resolve matters between government authorities and developers without the need for escalated proceedings. She earned a Certificate in Mediation from the Windsor Law School and continues to train in this field. She has participated in and conducted numerous mediations, and has experience with disputes both large and small. Many resolved matters extend beyond financial issues to land use planning and issues related to processing development matters.
In March 2015, Lyn was appointed by the Province to the Bill 73 Development Charges Steering Committee, which worked with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and other stakeholders to provide advice to the government on legislative and regulatory changes to the Development Charges Act.
Lyn has spent her free time working in various capacities for provincial and federal political parties and has volunteered on many charitable and other Boards of Directors. In 2013, Lyn received the Ontario Bar Association Award of Excellence in Municipal Law and more recently was awarded the Ontario Home Builders' Association Member of the Year award at the 50th Anniversary Conference. She is recognized by Best Lawyers® in Canada as a leading practitioner in Municipal Law.