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“There has to be a better way!”

How often have you said this to yourself?

Perhaps you are a developer, wishing you could avoid what seems like an unnecessary appeal hearing on your proposed condo.

Or a municipality hoping not to have to take all of the appeals of your new zoning by-law to the Ontario Municipal Board.

Or maybe you’re a conservation organization that would like to look ahead and work out a way for an owner to meet environmental requirements before there is any need for an appeal.

Then you may want to consider mediation.

Mediation is a way to develop a win-win situation for all parties. It focuses on interests – yours and theirs – and how those various interests can be met. Not every situation can be mediated, but it is often at least worth a look.

Nancy Smith provides independent and neutral mediation services for all kinds of land use and planning disputes. She can give you an up front opinion as to whether the matter lends itself to resolution in this way. She can also provide a cost-effective package adapted to your particular circumstances.

Best of all, you can stay on good terms with people whom you will need to work with again in the future.


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