Practice Highlights

Denitza is a member of the firm’s Planning & Municipal Law Group and Expropriation Law Group. As part of that team, she has gained significant exposure to complex planning, municipal and expropriation matters. No matter how nuanced or basic the problem, Denitza takes the time to understand her clients’ issues and seeks to find practical, creative solutions whenever possible.

She has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court, the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), the former Ontario Municipal Board, and the Toronto Local Appeal Body (TLAB). She also appears before municipal committees and councils and has experience in all facets of planning law, including minor variance appeals and consent applications.

Denitza’s practice involves working with owners to achieve fair compensation and adequate accommodation when their property or business is expropriated, or, is in the process of being expropriated. She also helps developers, municipalities, and rate payers’ groups navigate through various planning and municipal processes, including appeals before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal.

Above all else, Denitza takes pride in providing her clients with quality legal service and genuinely enjoys the thrill of advocacy.

She graduated from the Litigation, Dispute Resolution, and Administration of Justice stream at Osgoode Hall Law School in 2013. This specialized stream of study enabled Denitza to hone her advocacy skills, winning second place in the Chicago regional competition of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot.

Prior to law school, Denitza graduated with High Distinction from the University of Toronto Political Science and English Literature programs. While attending the University of Toronto, Denitza monitored countries’ compliance with international sustainability policies as a Lead Analyst for the G8 Research Group.

She currently teaches the Planning Law and Contracts courses offered by the Association for Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO) as part of its Diploma in Municipal Administration.

Practice Areas:

  • Planning & Municipal
  • Expropriation
  • Environmental

Education

  • Juris Doctor, Osgoode Hall Law School (2013)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons.), University of Toronto, St. George (2010)

Professional Accreditations and Affiliations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Ontario Expropriation Association
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  • Bayview Homeowners and the Toronto Catholic District School Board, Inquiry

    (unreported Findings of Inquiry Officer David R. Vine, June 9, 2015)

    Acted on behalf of the Bayview homeowners to object against the expropriation of 21 townhouses by the Toronto Catholic District School Board. The Inquiry Officer found in favour of the homeowners, determining that it would not be fair, sound or reasonably necessary to expropriate their homes when an alternative option was available. The outcome of a pending minor variance appeal at the Ontario Municipal Board formed part of the alternative option considered.

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  • Carrier Mausoleums Construction Inc. and Regional Municipality of Niagara

    DC140006, January 7, 2015.
    Acted alongside Stephen D’Agostino on behalf of Carrier Mausoleums Construction to successfully dispute the levy of development charges on the addition of a new wing to an existing mausoleum. Issues included the correct interpretation of a development charges by-law and how to resolve any ambiguity. The Board found that development charges are tantamount to a tax burden that must be imposed through express language. Where there is ambiguity, a development charges by-law is to be interpreted in favour of the individual or entity being charged. The Board stressed that it is incumbent upon municipalities to express themselves in “unmistakably clear terms’” to avoid consequences flowing from ambiguous language.

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  • Toronto decides to fight Bill 5, the Better Local Government Act, 2018

    Bill 5 dismantled Toronto’s 47 ward system in one fell swoop

    Today, Toronto City Council voted 25 to 17 in favour of commencing an action to challenge the legality of Bill 5, the Better Local Government Act, 2018. Bill 5 dismantled Toronto’s 47 ward system in one fell swoop on August 14, 2018.  Among other things, Bill 5: Repealed City Council’s power to divide and re-divide … Continued
  • TTC Zeroes in on location of Scarborough Subway Extension

    Extension to be constructed along the McCowan Corridor

    The City of Toronto and the TTC recently completed an Environmental Project Report (“Report”) for the Scarborough Subway Extension, which will continue the Bloor-Danforth Subway line from Kennedy Station to Scarborough Town Centre. Proposed Route  The proposed extension runs along Eglinton Avenue East to Danforth Road and then north along Danforth / McCowan Road to … Continued
  • Province Announces Complete Overhaul of the Ontario Municipal Board’s Land Use Planning Role

    Posted May 17, 2017

    Sometime in the next few weeks the Province will introduce legislation creating a new “Local Planning Appeal Tribunal” (LPAT) that would replace the Ontario Municipal Board with respect to land use planning appeal matters. Major changes being proposed include: The elimination of de novo hearings; Further restrictions to what may be appealed. LPAT would only … Continued
  • Condo owners fear expropriation by city because of library redevelopment

    GlobalNews.ca | by Mark McAllister, Stephen D'Agostino quoted | April 21, 2016

    The redevelopment of the Dawes Road Library has condo owners who live above the facility angry. They have been given notice from city officials to move in order to accommodate the redevelopment. Thomson, Rogers’ Stephen D’Agostino and Denitza Koev, expropriation lawyers, represent the condo owners. They are not in favor of this. They much prefer … Continued
  • TR Lawyers Feed the Hungry

    Posted September 25, 2014

    Thomson, Rogers lawyers served breakfast this morning as part of the Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry program operated through the Law Society.

    If you would like more information about the program or would like to donate, please visit: Lawyers Feed the Hungry Toronto.