Lawyer Profile Detail
Cynthia A. MacDougall
University of Toronto
Cynthia MacDougall is a partner and head of the Municipal Group in Toronto. Her practice focuses on the areas of municipal, land use planning and environmental law.
Ms. MacDougall is a member of the Municipal Section, Canadian Bar Association (Ontario). She is past-chair of the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation, past-president and past-director of the Neighbourhood Information Post, as well as a former director of the Wood Green Community Centre, the Scarborough Distress Centre and Sistering.
Cynthia practises extensively in front of the Ontario Municipal Board, Committees of Adjustment and Land Division Committees; frequently makes deputations to local and regional Councils and their committees; andworks with members of Council and senior governmental staff.
Cynthia appears in the current edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, a guide to the leading law firms and practitioners in Canada, as a leading lawyer in the area of property development.
Cynthia received a B.A.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in 1980 and her LL.B. from the University of Toronto in 1984. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1986.
Significant representative projects and experience include:
- advising on the development of a retail, office and residential development totalling approximately 2.5 million square feet, located on a largely vacant 30-acre industrial site in the City of Toronto adjacent to an active industrial area, including a successful hearing at the Ontario Municipal Board, which involved complex environmental and employment issues;
- advising major health institutions including St. Michael’s Hospital, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and Bridgepoint Health;
- advising on other client developments with significant heritage components, including The National Ballet School, the Art Gallery of Ontario and 100 Yorkville (the former Mount Sinai Hospital);
- advising with respect to the renewal of rental housing units, including Rosewell, Victoria University and Minto on Charles Street, and negotiating section 37 rental benefit package for Minto’s Yonge & Eglinton project;
- advising on residential or mixed use developments both in and outside Toronto, including developments in the Yorkville area, Financial District, Fort York Neighbourhood, Downtown, Yonge-Lawrence and the Yonge-Eglinton neighbourhoods, as well as conversion of industrial buildings or office buildings, including the former CBC warehouse building;
- advising on the stadium development for the Air Canada Centre, the new arena facility for the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Toronto Raptors, which includes an integrated 200,000 square foot office tower;
- advising on the rezoning for the Southtown Lands in the City of Toronto, a parcel of land formerly used for rail purposes on Toronto’s waterfront, for proposed office development of 4.0 million square feet and 1,800 units of new residential development, including a successful hearing at the Ontario Municipal Board;
- advising on the expansion to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre providing a new facility of 1,000,000 square feet located underneath a new City park, including a development proposal at the Ontario Municipal Board;
- advising Toronto Hydro Energy and Toronto Renewable Energy Co-operative regarding wind turbines in the City of Toronto, as well as a wind turbine project in Prince Edward County;
- advising on new residential development of approximately 300 units in the Harbourfront area of the City of Toronto throughout the city, provincial and federal reviews of Harbourfront development;
- advising the Ontario Clean Water Agency on a variety of matters related to the provision of water and sewage services throughout Ontario;
- advising municipalities and developers on questions of municipal law including issues of municipal powers and bonusing;
- advising developers in negotiating terms of subdivision and development agreements with municipalities and cost sharing and joint servicing agreements amongst developers;
- advising on the development of Cornell, a new residential community in the Town of Markham with a future projected population of 25,000 persons and significant commercial retail and office components; and
- planning and development matters for a variety of non-profit housing developments in municipalities in the Greater Toronto Area, including appearing at over a dozen Ontario Municipal Board hearings to achieve approvals.
Select Development Projects include:
- Yonge Alvin and Yonge Scollard – mixed use high rise development for Wittington Properties
- Minto St. Thomas – mixed use high rise development
- Minto Yonge Eglinton – mixed use high rise development
- Centre for Addiction and Mental Health - Campus Redevelopment
- Bridgepoint Hospital - Campus Redevelopment
- Delisle Court – mixed use redevelopment
- Rosewell Court – residential redevelopment involving existing rental housing
- Park Properties – 100 Spadina – redevelopment of existing rental housing property
- Minto Lonsdale – redevelopment of existing rental property with rental/condominium development
- National Ballet School - Radio City
- Richmond Peter – mixed use high rise development
- Air Canada Centre – stadium development
- Railway Lands Zoning By-law
- Don Mount Court – redevelopment of existing community housing with mix of rental and condominium development
- St. Michael’s Hospital
- New Oakville Hospital – Halton Healthcare Services
- Fort York Neighbourhood Redevelopment.
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Transactions & Cases
Infrastructure Ontario achieves financial close in the C$514 miillion Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Athletes' Village Project
Humber River Regional Hospital achieves financial close to construct new acute care facility
Halton Healthcare Services achieves financial close for the New Oakville Hospital project
Women’s College Hospital achieves financial close with Women’s College Partnership to construct new hospital
Bridgepoint Health Redevelopment project reaches financial close