Michael Higgins is the planner on our staff and he heads the planning department of the firm. Mike is a full member of the Canadian Institute of Planners (MCIP) and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) and is a Registered Professional Planner (RPP). Mike has had a long career in municipal planning working in various levels of government and made the move to the private sector by joining G. Douglas Vallee Limited in 2006. The addition of Mike to our team provides us with additional capabilities and expertise in professional land use planning. As a former local municipal employee, Mike identifies and understands the municipal perspective of land use planning and is able to give consistent, solid, dependable and up-front advice to our clients.
Mike is enjoying being “on the other side of the fence” now working for land developers and private individuals. We enjoy helping people through the municipal red-tape that comes with any form of land development project, and our local knowledge and experience with the process is a huge asset to all of our clients.
We are able to provide our clients with the following services through this department:
- Severance applications and approvals
- Zoning by-law amendments
- Official plan amendments
- Site plan approvals
- Draft plan of subdivision approvals
- Coordination of subdivision registration process
- Planning justification reports
- Expert witness on land use matters in front of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB)
- Other related land use issues