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Ian Andres


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Bay Adelaide Centre - West Tower
333 Bay Street, Suite 3400
Toronto, ON M5H 2S7

Tel:   416.597.5160
Fax:   416.979.1234

Ian Andres is a partner and heads the Municipal and Land Development Group at Goodmans.

Ian’s practice encompasses a wide variety of administrative law matters for public and private sector clients throughout Ontario.  He specializes in municipal and planning issues, assisting clients on complex development applications and land use policy appeals with significant growth management, infrastructure, servicing, environmental and heritage components. He frequently represents property owners in expropriation proceedings, court applications, tax assessment and rebate appeals, and has extensive experience with land valuation, development charges, tax incentive grants and brownfield remediation programs.  He also provides advice on a broad range of other municipal issues including governance, accountability, by-law interpretation, financing, taxation, licensing, permitting, procurement and lobbying.

Ian regularly appears before municipal committees and councils, the Ontario Land Tribunal (formerly the Ontario Municipal Board and Local Planning Appeal Tribunal), the Toronto Local Appeal Body, the Assessment Review Board and the Superior Court of Justice.


Ian’s representative work includes acting for:

  • residential subdivision developers in the Greater Golden Horseshoe in respect of land use policy and planning approvals for greenfield projects and the creation of new communities
  • mid-rise and high-rise developers in the Greater Toronto Area in respect of land use policy and planning approvals for mixed-use infill and intensification projects
  • individual property owners in connection with severance and minor variance applications and appeals
  • individual property owners and tenants in connection with tax assessment appeals and expropriation matters
  • municipalities and other public sector entities in respect of governance, regulatory, jurisdictional and financing disputes


In 2018, Ian was honoured as one of Lexpert’s Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40. He was recently selected by his peers in Best Lawyers in Canada (2022) for his work in administrative, public, municipal and real estate law, and he is again recognized as an Up and Coming zoning and land use lawyer in Chambers Canada (2022).


Ian currently teaches the core planning law course for the Master of Science in Planning program at the University of Toronto.  He was also a long-time member and Past Chair of the Ontario Bar Association Municipal Law Section Executive.  He has authored several research papers and is a frequent presenter at conferences and seminars.


Education University of Toronto (J.D., with Honours Standing, 2006)
University of Toronto (B.A., Honours, with Distinction, 2002)
Professional Affiliations

Law Society of Ontario
Canadian Bar Association
Ontario Bar Association,
Past Chair of Municipal Law Section Executive

Year of Call

2007 Ontario