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SCC recognizes municipalities can enact conservation zoning, emphasizes bringing action in reasonable period

Thursday, July 12, 2018 @ 9:42 AM | By Luis Millan

A property owner who challenged a municipal zoning bylaw he considered to be a disguised expropriation waited too long before taking legal action but can nevertheless still ask to be compensated for the loss in property value, ruled the Supreme Court of Canada.

In Ville de Lorraine et al v. 2646-8926 Québec inc. 2018 SCC 35, the nation’s highest court recognized the power of municipalities to adopt bylaws to create conservation zones; underscored the need for plaintiffs contesting bylaws to be diligent and bring action within a...