Feb 5, 2015

Parkland Dedication: “How Low Can You Go?”

By Barnet Kussner Ontario Bar Association, 2015 Annual Institute Program – Municipal and Planning Law (Changing Landscapes in Municipal and Planning Law)

This paper was delivered at the Ontario Bar Association’s 2015 Annual Institute Program – Municipal and Planning Law (Changing Landscapes in Municipal and Planning Law)

A. Introduction

In the modern urban environment, parks and public recreational facilities are things that can be both greatly appreciated and taken for granted. We might all agree that parks are inherently a ‘good thing’ for ensuring the health, well-being and vibrancy of our communities and the people who live and work there; however, where there is often widespread disagreement and controversy is on the more concrete issues of how and where we plan for parks, and who pays for them.

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