Land Use Approvals, Zoning Due Diligence & Litigation Support

 We are urban planning consultants. We specialize in providing land use planning, land development approvals, zoning due diligence, retail location intelligence and litigation support to both private and public sector clients.

Since our establishment in 1994, our focus as planning consultants has been to advise Canadian and international land developers, retailers, law firms, REITs, banks, pension funds and institutions on a variety of property development and land acquisition matters.
We have recognized expertise in dealing with complex zoning issues, local approvals, administrative appeals and untangling the red tape that comes with land development and large real estate transactions.

Lakeshore provides comprehensive urban planning, property development, zoning due diligence, and litigation support services, advice and solutions. 

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

Lakeshore Group operates in all Canadian municipalities and we have built the relationships with local, regional and Provincial government agencies that are vital.  In fact, this is a great part of our success.  When critical, detailed and timely information is required about any market or 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
Plans of Subdivision
Site Plans

Zoning Due Diligence

Zoning Conformity
Lease Reviews
Permit Clearance
Financing Reviews

Market Intelligence

Location Research
Sales Revenue Models
Mapping and Plotting
Demographics

Litigation Support

Litigation Support

Expert Testimony/Opinions
Expropriation Assessments
Case Development
Research

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Senior Staff

Rick Pennycooke, BES

MCIP RPP – President

Rick is an urban planner and 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.

Mike Cidylo, MES

Associate Urban Planner

Mike consults on an extensive range of client activities including policy analysis; highest and best use investigations; due diligence and, site design. Clients rely on his expertise in managing the daily aspects of project development and his excellent research skills. Mike obtained his Masters in Environmental Studies (MES) in 2019.

David Ashbourne, MES

Senior Urban Planner

David is the managing consultant on all of the Firm’s land use planning, GIS, and site design projects. His duties extend to securing municipal approvals, zoning due diligence, statistical examination, transit-oriented development analysis, policy review, client representation and market intelligence services. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge gained from past positions held at a large Canadian based international planning, architecture and engineering firm. David also has extensive experience working with planning related software including: AutoCad, ArcMap, ArcPad, ArcGIS, InDesign and SketchUp. David obtained his Masters in Environmental Studies (MES) in 2019.





Jack Neal, BA (Planning)

Associate Urban Planner

Jack consults on a wide range of the Firm’s assignments drawing from his extensive experience gained as a planner managing varied mixed-use and energy-focused projects in both Canada and Europe. Having worked within a number of sectors under the umbrella of land use planning (including architecture and heritage conservation), he is proficient at managing a portfolio of Lakeshore’s projects. Jack has a passion for land use planning, architecture and urban design and is preparing for Associate Membership in the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

Representative Projects

Zoning and site plan approvals for two state-of-the-art GTA distribution warehouses having a combined value of $400 Million

Zoning and site plan approvals for two state-of-the-art GTA distribution warehouses having a combined value of $400 Million

Signage Approvals for Gallop

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

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

Foreign Real Estate Investment research and advice

Foreign Real Estate Investment research and advice

Renewable energy approvals for institutional grade solar farms for First Solar.

Renewable energy approvals for institutional grade solar farms for First Solar.

Market Analysis for A

Market Analysis for A&P Properties, Metro Ontario Inc., Bentall, Sobey's, First Capital

Development Potential Studies for GWL Real Estate

Development Potential Studies for GWL Real Estate

Zoning Due Diligence for TriStone industrial buildings portfolio disposition

Zoning Due Diligence for TriStone industrial buildings portfolio disposition

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

Retail Location Studies for Metro, BC Lottery Corporation, Cineplex Galaxy, Hudsons Bay Company, Sobey's and TSC Stores

Retail Location Studies for Metro, BC Lottery Corporation, Cineplex Galaxy, Hudsons Bay Company, Sobey's and TSC Stores

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

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

Development Master Plan for 36 acre site in Etobicoke. Development approval obtained 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. Development approval obtained for 2,400 residential units and 1.6 million sq.ft of retail/office/commercial space

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.

Zoning due diligence for Vancouver class A office building acquisitions

Zoning due diligence for Vancouver class A office building acquisitions

Development potential studies in Quebec for National retailer.

Development potential studies in Quebec for National retailer.

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 Metro, BC Lottery Corporation, Cineplex Galaxy, Hudsons Bay Company, Sobey's and TSC Stores

Retail Location Studies for Metro, 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