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Using Purchaser’s Deposits – Lessons from the Past Eight Months

December 6th, 2005 | Strata

In our January Feature Article, “Using Purchasers’ Deposits: A windfall for Developers?” we set out what we thought the process would be for developers of multifamily residential projects wishing to access and use purchasers’ deposits to fund project costs, and discussed the possible advantages and disadvantages for those choosing to […]

Greater Vancouver’s Newest Parking Tax

November 17th, 2005 | Legislation, Taxes

The original version the below article was posted on on November 17, 2005. The following version was updated on December 8, 2005, following the adoption of three new bylaws regulating the parking tax at a Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority Board meeting that day. In 1998, the provincial government passed […]

NAIOP Panel Looks at Build-to-Suit Industrial Opportunities

June 24th, 2005 | Industry Events

Low interest rates, rising construction costs, restricted land supply and uncertainty in the municipal approval process. These factors are affecting every sector of the real estate industry. At NAIOP’s June Breakfast an experienced panel looked at their impact on the industrial build-to-suit market. The Panel Lawrence Green of OPUS Building Corporation was the moderator […]

Spring Cleaning: Good News for Brownfield Developers

May 10th, 2005 | Environment

February 16, 2006 Update: The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear an appeal of McAfee v. Imperial Oil.   Recently, the province’s Supreme Court has twice addressed issues relating to the clean up of contaminated sites. In one case the Court limited the City of Vancouver’s ability to impose […]

LLP – Another Tool for the Toolbox

April 5th, 2005 | Legislation

There is a new tool available to someone looking to put a small group of participants together for a project or series of projects. Recent amendments to the BC Partnership Act have introduced the Limited Liability Partnership or “LLP” for BC business. Unlike other provinces, which introduced LLP legislation primarily to accommodate […]

Southeast False Creek ODP: Uncertainty for Private Land Owners

February 16th, 2005 | Uncategorized

Editor’s Note: On March 1, 2005, Vancouver City Council proceeded to pass the ODP, as was expected in the following article. South East False Creek (SEFC) is poised to become the next significant area for mixed-use development in the City of Vancouver.  The area is one of the last locations available […]

Using Purchasers’ Deposits: A Windfall for Developers?

January 13th, 2005 | Strata

Access to capital, whether in the form of the developer’s own equity, conventional financing, mezzanine financing, or syndicated equity or debt, is a key to being able to participate in today’s flourishing real estate market. Development and investment opportunities seem to abound. Having enough financial capital to take advantage of […]

A Lawyer’s View of Lease Audits

January 10th, 2005 | Leasing