Clavelle Successfully Advocates for Developer

On January 3, 2023, the Development Appeals Board for Saskatoon allowed an appeal brought by Curtis Clavelle of Robertson Stromberg LLP on behalf of Arbutus Properties Ltd. to lift a holding symbol with respect to land Arbutus wished to develop in Saskatoon. The holding symbol prevented a parcel of Arbutus’ land in Rosewood to be developed into an affordable housing project. The City of Saskatoon had previously denied Arbutus’ application to lift the holding symbol to allow the project to proceed.

The decision is noteworthy as there are no reported decisions in Saskatchewan considering an appeal of a municipality’s denial to lift a holding symbol in a zoning bylaw. To that end, it may also be one of the first reported decisions in Canada on this subject.

A holding symbol prevents the land from being developed by preventing the municipality from issuing building or development permits with respect to the land. Only after the symbol has been lifted can the land be developed. The City had taken the position that the land was not adequately serviced to accommodate the addition of the affordable housing project. Arbutus’ evidence was that, not only was there adequate capacity at present but that capacity would be bolstered by the provision of new services well ahead of the completion of the apartment building.

The decision serves as a reminder to municipalities that the provisions of their zoning bylaws and official community plans must be interpreted plainly and reasonably.

For more information about this decision or municipal law, contact Curtis Clavelle.

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Robertson Stromberg is delighted to share that our articling student Kane Fritzler has a new experience to add to his resume – Survivor Season 44 contestant!

Shortly after graduating from law school in spring 2022, Kane embarked on an entirely different type of adventure – flying to the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji to participate in and film the latest season of Survivor, which airs March 1, 2023.

Says Kane “I’d been a big fan of Survivor for as long as I can remember and craved adventure after years of studying – especially since I completed a large chunk of my degree during lockdown. I applied for the show, never thinking in a million years that I’d get chosen. But I was thrilled when I got the call, and the timing was perfect. I was able to film between graduation and starting my new career at Robertson Stromberg.”

Kane excelled in law school, receiving his Juris Doctor with Great Distinction from the University of Saskatchewan in 2022. He was a two-time recipient of the College of Law Academic Achievement Scholarship and was awarded the Law Society of Saskatchewan Bronze Medal for his year.

Says Kirsten Hnatuk, partner at Robertson Stromberg, “People might think reality TV is no big deal. But it takes determination, leadership, social skills, and a strategic mindset to participate in a TV show like Survivor. These are the types of skills we hired Kane for, and we’re excited to see how he utilizes them on the show!”

Although filming wrapped up in the summer of 2022, Kane can’t share how far he made it into the season. But Robertson Stromberg will be following along on the weekly adventure, supporting Kane with viewing parties and an office “Survivor Pool.” Staff will have the chance to place bets on who will win the season, with proceeds going to a charity of Kane’s choice.

Join Robertson Stromberg in cheering on Kane for Survivor Season 44, premiering March 1, 2023, on CBS and Global. Go Kane!

 

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Kim’s contributions to his community and profession are well known.  Read more about Kim here.

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