Real Estate Development Advanced Topics 2014

Course Date: September 23, 2014

Total: 5h 48min

Welcome and Introduction


  • review of the recent legislative amendments to REDMA
  • review of the implication of the BCCA decision in Woo
  • practice issues for lawyers preparing (and amending) disclosure statements

Paul Brackstone — Owen Bird Law Corporation, Vancouver
Mark V. Lewis — Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Vancouver

Airspace Parcels

  • review of current LTO practice
  • examples of air space parcel subdivision issues 
  • pre-construction subdivision approval 
  • drafting air space parcel easement agreements

David C.S. Longcroft — Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Vancouver

Networking Break


  • federally regulated vs. provincially regulated pipelines
  • National Energy Board vs. Oil and Gas Commission
  • survey issues
  • rights of way vs. leases
  • negotiation of terms
  • Agricultural Lands Reserve
  • Crown lands
  • expropriation powers

Edward L. Wilson — Lawson Lundell LLP, Vancouver

Due Diligence

  • checklists: good or bad
  • charges that bind successors
  • the necessity for off-title searches
  • consequences of not doing off-title searches, especially tax searches
  • practice tips

Alexander Fane — Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP, Vancouver

Real Estate Financing, Lending, and Opinions

  • opinion issues from the borrower/lender perspective
  • borrower’s counsel, swaps, complex borrower’s agreements, inter-creditors agreements
  • what to look for—bankers acceptance clause
  • opinions—financing, lending issues, limited partnership structures

Mark C. Baron — Richards Buell Sutton LLP, Vancouver
Samantha Rossman — Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Vancouver

Lunch (on your own)

Legal Structures

  • LP vs. LLP
  • JV vs. general partnership vs. co-ownership
  • GST issues
  • issues where there are non-resident investors
  • use management agreements where investors are also earning management fees

Eric Feilden, CA, TEP — MNP LLP, Vancouver

Leasehold Developments

  • residential and industrial developments on university, First Nations, and port lands

Erin K. Tait — Koffman Kalef LLP, Vancouver
Elizabeth Yip — Terra Law, Vancouver

Networking Break

First Nations Development—A Case Study

  • different regimes: Indian Act vs. self-government/land code
  • certificate of possession vs. band bands
  • band development on Westbank First Nation lands (vs. AANDC bands)

Barry M. Porrelli — Porrelli Law, Westbank

Development Covenants

  • drafting and compliance issues with focus on the developer's counsel
  • servicing agreements
  • shared vehicle covenants, electric car covenants, accessibility covenants, parking covenants, district and neighbourhood energy utilities
  • disclosure to purchasers in disclosure statements and compliance issues
  • rental housing covenants
  • blanket no-development covenants

Joscelyn P. Baker — Polygon Homes Ltd., Vancouver
Arnon A. Dachner — Dentons Canada LLP, Vancouver