Denise Baker's practice focuses on municipal and land use planning issues and related litigation.

She has acted on behalf of municipalities, private landowners and resident groups. She predominantly advises landowners and municipalities with respect to land use planning and development matters including municipal finance matters, Planning Act applications and appeals and Heritage Act matters.

Denise appears regularly before municipal councils, Committees of Adjustment, the Conservation Review Board, the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (formerly the Ontario Municipal Board) as well as appearing before the Ontario Court of Justice and the Divisional Court. She is actively involved in using mediation and negotiation to effectively resolve disputes between parties.

Denise is the past Chair of the Municipal Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association and speaks at Law Society and Ontario Bar Association seminars. Denise is also a sessional professor at the University of Waterloo where she teaches Planning Law to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Denise is also a member of Lambda Alpha International (Simcoe Chapter) and is a former chair of the Ontario Bar Association Municipal Law Executive. Denise has repeatedly been recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada in the field of Municipal Law.

She has acted on:

Numerous land use planning matters on behalf of the Town of Oakville, including the resolution of numerous appeals and ultimately approval of the Town’s Livable Oakville Official Plan.

Numerous Heritage Act matters including negotiating and preparation of heritage easement agreements.

Appeals to municipal official plan “conformity exercises” in the Regions of Halton, Waterloo and Durham as well as several local municipalities in York and Halton

Reviews of Educations Development Charge By-laws and By-law amendments

Challenges to and approvals of interim control by-law matters in the City of Windsor and the Town of Oakville

Infill residential zoning and subdivision matters in Oakville, Toronto and other GTA municipalities

Employment and Commercial Development applications in Halton, Durham and Peel municipalities

Repeatedly recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada as a leading lawyer in Municipal Law

Repeatedly recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading practitioner in Property Development

Past Chair, Ontario Bar Association, Municipal Law Executive

Sessional Professor, Planning Law, University of Waterloo

Called to the Bar
  • Ontario (2003)
  • LL.B., Queen's University, Faculty of Law, 2002
  • M. Pl., Queen's University, 2000
  • B.A., Mount Allison University, 1997
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Lambda Alpha International (Simcoe Chapter)

Community Involvement

Oakville Hospital Foundation Board Member

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