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Experience and knowledge of the
Okanagan development market

Navigating the issues that can come up in land development is not always easy. Knowing how to resolve these issues effectively can mean the difference between seeing a development project through to the end, and losing significant investment costs on a project that does not complete, or running into unexpected costs down the road.

Our land development team offers in-depth experience and knowledge of the Okanagan development market. Our lawyers have acted for small and large developers on several residential and condominium developments, along with commercial developments such as office, industrial and retail spaces.

We have represented land developers throughout all stages of the development process, including: initial acquisition of land, the planning and approvals stages, project financing, site and off-site servicing, construction of on-site improvements, and sale or lease to end-users. No matter what stage, we provide tailored, practical advice.

Our team can assist you and provide legal services in several areas:

  • Purchase and sale of all varieties of land from suburban and farmland to downtown land assemblies
  • Negotiation and finalization of subdivision, development and other agreements with municipal authorities and other developers regarding financing and sharing of infrastructure costs
  • Representation before subdivision and development appeal boards and other planning boards and tribunals
  • Preparing all manner of easements, statutory rights of way, restrictive covenants, building schemes and joint use agreements
  • Negotiation of construction agreements for servicing, buildings and other improvements
  • Structuring and negotiation of joint venture agreements and real estate syndications
  • Negotiation and completion of interim and long-term project financing documentation
  • Setting up and running homeowners’ associations and residents’ associations
  • Negotiation and finalization of ground leases and tenancy agreements
  • Sale and lease-back arrangements

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Local Government Planning, Land Use & Property

Local government planning establishes land use patterns, which are implemented through land use regulation. Local governments may also acquire or dispose of property and assets, such as parkland, water systems, highways and utilities.

Five Ways to Get Financing for Land Investments

Local credit unions and community banks are more likely to offer loans to land investors, Seller Financing, SBA 504 Loans, Farm Credit System, Home Equity Loan & Retirement Accounts

Land Development Lawyers

Doug Flannigan
Nancy Ling
Chris Fraser
Associate Counsel
Brian Coen
Colin Flannigan
Tanvir Gill
Russell Tse
Pius Omene

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Land Development

FH&P Welcomes Russell Tse to Law Team as General Solicitor

March 30, 2023 FH&P’s legal team is growing again with the addition of Russell Tse. Russell conducts a solicitor’s practice, providing services to his clients in the areas including, but not limited to, residential and commercial Real Estate, First Nations Land Development, Corporate and Commercial, Wills, and Estate Administration.

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Chris Fraser Joins FH&P Lawyers

November 22, 2022 Chris brings 35 years of experience to FH&P as an Associate Counsel, serving Kelowna in business law, real estate, land development, and estate planning.

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Legal Bites - Get to Know Doug Flannigan

February 16, 2022 He is the most senior lawyer at our Firm and is the "F" in FH&P. Not only an accomplished lawyer but an avid soccer fan as well

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