Land Use Approvals, Zoning Due Diligence & Litigation Support

The Lakeshore Group

 We specialize in providing land use planning, development approvals, zoning due diligence and retail location research services to both private and public sector clients.

Lakeshore consults to and advises Canadian and international land developers, retailers, law firms, REITS, banks, investors and institutions.

You will benefit from our recognized experience in dealing with complex zoning issues, local approvals, appeals and untangling the red tape that costs money. Lakeshore offers comprehensive real estate development and market research advice, services and solutions.

Key Municipal & Provincial Government Relationships

The Lakeshore Group operates all Canadian municipalities and we have built the relationships with local, regional and Provincial Government agency officials that are vital. In fact, this is a great part of our success. When you need critical, detailed and accurate information about any market or any particular development, we have access to sources of information that others envy.

 We specialize in providing land use planning, development approvals, zoning due diligence and retail location research services to both private and public sector clients.

Lakeshore consults to and advises Canadian and international land developers, retailers, law firms, REITS, banks, investors and institutions.

You will benefit from our recognized experience in dealing with complex zoning issues, local approvals, appeals and untangling the red tape that costs money. Lakeshore offers comprehensive real estate development and market research advice, services and solutions.

Key Municipal & Provincial Government Relationships

The Lakeshore Group operates all Canadian municipalities and we have built the relationships with local, regional and Provincial Government agency officials that are vital. In fact, this is a great part of our success. When you need critical, detailed and accurate information about any market or any particular development, we have access to sources of information that others envy.

Services

Land Use Planning

Official Plan Amendments
Zoning Amendments
Land Division
Plans of Subdivision

Zoning Due Diligence

By-law Infractions
Outstanding Work Orders
Reviews for Title Insurance
Permit Clearance

Market Intelligence

Sales Forecasting
Sales Revenue Models
Mapping and Plotting
Traffic Count Analysis

Litigation Support

Litigation Support

Expert Testimony
Expropriation Assessments
Case Development
Witness Preparation

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Senior Staff

Rick Pennycooke

MCIP RPP – President

Rick is the Principal of the Firm which he founded in 1994. He advises a broad range of national and international clients on development, due diligence, market impact, municipal approvals and site selection issues. Appearances before the Ontario Municipal Board, the Courts and city councils are a regular part of Rick’s activities. His professional background covers private and public sector experience gained as in in-house consultant for major law firms and the Ontario Government. Rick is a graduate of the University of Waterloo’s School of Urban & Regional Planning. He is also a Registered Professional Planner, a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, a Registered Real Estate Agent and a Commissioner for Taking Affidavits. Rick is interviewed regularly in the national TV and print media. He is often seen on CTV Newsnet, CBC Newsworld and Business News Network (BNN) and is quoted in the National Post, The Globe and Mail and Bloomberg News. Numerous organizations involved in real estate development, retail location strategies and property law have invited Rick to address them at conventions and seminars.

Stephen Gardiner

MCIP RPP – Manager

Stephen is the managing consultant on all the Firm’s land use planning, GIS (Geographic Information Systems), site design projects including 3D modeling and aerial photography. His duties extend to securing municipal approvals, zoning due diligence, client representation and market intelligence services including demographic and sales modeling. He brings experience from several large Ontario municipalities such as Kitchener, Mississauga and Richmond Hill. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo’s School of Urban & Regional Planning and is a Registered Professional Planner and a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners.

Michael Campos

Senior Planner

Michael consults on an extensive range of client activities including policy analysis; highest and best use investigations; and, site design. Clients rely on his expertise in managing the daily aspects of project development and his excellent research skills. Michael is a graduate of the University of Waterloo’s School of Urban & Regional Planning and is working toward obtaining status as a Registered Professional Planner.

Representative Projects

Zoning Due Diligence for purchases of numerous Office buildings, Retirement Homes, Shopping Centres and Hotels

Zoning Due Diligence for purchases of numerous Office buildings, Retirement Homes, Shopping Centres and Hotels

Signage Approvals for Gallop

Signage Approvals for Gallop&Gallop, KingSett Capital, Riocan and Trinity Developments

Renewable energy approvals for institutional grade solar farms

Renewable energy approvals for institutional grade solar farms

Foreign Real Estate Investment research and advice

Foreign Real Estate Investment research and advice

Development Potential Studies for GWL Real Estate

Development Potential Studies for GWL Real Estate

Market Analysis for A

Market Analysis for A&P Properties, Bentall, Sobey's, First Capital

Land Development Approvals for Power Centre Developers, National Chain Supermarkets and Institutional Investors

Land Development Approvals for Power Centre Developers, National Chain Supermarkets and Institutional Investors

Zoning Due Diligence for TriStone industrial buildings portfolio disposition

Zoning Due Diligence for TriStone industrial buildings portfolio disposition

Asian real estate development and investment advice provided to major international bank

Asian real estate development and investment advice provided to major international bank

Retail Location Studies for A

Retail Location Studies for A&P Properties, BC Lottery Corporation, Cineplex Galaxy, Hudsons Bay Company, Sobey's and TSC Stores

Provided Zoning advice to Ventas REIT in their $980 Million proposed acquisition of 29 independent living seniors housing communities, and to Health Care REIT/Chartwell Seniors Housing REIT in their $925 Million acquisition of 42 seniors housing and care communities.

Provided Zoning advice to Ventas REIT in their $980 Million proposed acquisition of 29 independent living seniors housing communities, and to Health Care REIT/Chartwell Seniors Housing REIT in their $925 Million acquisition of 42 seniors housing and care communities.

Development Master Plan for 36 acre site in Etobicoke and Highway 427 and Dundas Street. Development approved for 2,400 residential units and 1.6 million sq.ft of retail/office/commercial space

Development Master Plan for 36 acre site in Etobicoke and Highway 427 and Dundas Street. Development approved for 2,400 residential units and 1.6 million sq.ft of retail/office/commercial space

Representative Projects

Zoning Due Diligence for purchases of numerous Office buildings, Retirement Homes, Shopping Centres and Hotels

Zoning Due Diligence for purchases of numerous Office buildings, Retirement Homes, Shopping Centres and Hotels

Signage Approvals for Gallop

Signage Approvals for Gallop&Gallop, KingStreet Capital, Riocan and Trinity Developments

Renewable energy approvals for institutional grade solar farms

Renewable energy approvals for institutional grade solar farms

Foreign Real Estate Investment research and advice

Foreign Real Estate Investment research and advice

Development Potential Studies for GWL Real Estate

Development Potential Studies for GWL Real Estate

Market Analysis for A

Market Analysis for A&P Properties, Bentall, Sobey's, First Capital

Land Development Approvals for Power Centre Developers, National Chain Supermarkets and Institutional Investors

Land Development Approvals for Power Centre Developers, National Chain Supermarkets and Institutional Investors

Zoning Due Diligence for TriStone industrial buildings portfolio disposition

Zoning Due Diligence for TriStone industrial buildings portfolio disposition

Asian real estate development and investment advice provided to major international bank

Asian real estate development and investment advice provided to major international bank

Retail Location Studies for A

Retail Location Studies for A&P Properties, BC Lottery Corporation, Cineplex Galaxy, Hudsons Bay Company, Sobey's and TSC Stores

Provided Zoning advice to Ventas REIT in their $980 Million proposed acquisition of 29 independent living seniors housing communities, and to Health Care REIT/Chartwell Seniors Housing REIT in their $925 Million acquisition of 42 seniors housing and care communities.

Provided Zoning advice to Ventas REIT in their $980 Million proposed acquisition of 29 independent living seniors housing communities, and to Health Care REIT/Chartwell Seniors Housing REIT in their $925 Million acquisition of 42 seniors housing and care communities.

Development Master Plan for 36 acre site in Etobicoke and Highway 427 and Dundas Street. Development approved for 2,400 residential units and 1.6 million sq.ft of retail/office/commercial space

Development Master Plan for 36 acre site in Etobicoke and Highway 427 and Dundas Street. Development approved for 2,400 residential units and 1.6 million sq.ft of retail/office/commercial space