Joanne Klauer


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Office: Calgary

Main: (403) 693-4335

Fax: (403) 508-4349

Education & Qualifications

  • Alberta Bar (1994)
  • LLB with distinction (Saskatchewan, 1993)
  • Studies in Arts (Alberta, 1987-1990)

Joanne Klauer’s municipal law practice is extensive and diverse.

  • General Counsel for a number of urban and rural municipalities in southern Alberta (since 1995)
  • Town of High River, expropriation and injurious affection claims relating to the SW Dike Project (2017 to date)
  • City of Calgary v. Rocky View County, MGB 024/18, inter-municipal dispute
  • Town of Cochrane v. Rocky View County, 17/IMD/02, inter-municipal dispute
  • City of Calgary v. Rocky View County, inter-municipal dispute (OMNI Area Structure Plan) (2017 to date)
  • City of Chestermere v. Rocky View County, MGB File No. 16/IMD/01, inter-municipal dispute (2016)
  • City of Calgary v. Rocky View County, MGB File No. 16/IMD/01, inter-municipal dispute (2016)
  • Town of Okotoks / MD of Foothills, annexation (2016)
  • Village of Milo v. Vulcan County, inter-municipal dispute (2015)
  • Wheatland County v. Kneehill County MGB 017/14, inter-municipal dispute
  • Town of Okotoks v. MD of Foothills, ABCA 2013 (leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada denied), successfully maintained that a six-month limitation period applies to judicial challenges against municipal bylaws brought pursuant to Section 536 of the MGA
  • MacKenas Estates Development Corporation v. Rocky View County and City of Calgary, 2012 ABCA 376, successfully defended an application compelling the municipalities to connect private lands to municipal utility service
  • City of Airdire/Rocky View County, MGB 012-12, annexation
  • Town of Okotoks MD of Foothills No. 31, MGB 003/12, inter-municipal dispute
  • Keller v. Municipal District of Bighorn No.8, 2010 ABQB 362, successfully defended an application to have municipal bylaws creating Transfer of Density Credit program declared invalid
  • Benign Energy v. MD of Pincher Creek, ABCA, successfully defended leave to appeal application
  • Craig v. Bighorn (Municipal District No.8), 2009 ABCA 119, successfully overturned the decision of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench directing Council to amend its Land Use Bylaw and issue a Development Permit
  • City of Calgary / Rocky View County, MGB, ­­­­­­successfully dismissed inter-municipal appeal on preliminary jurisdictional issue
  • Town of Crossfield/Rocky View County, MGB 042/10, annexation
  • Town of Chestermere / Rocky View County, MGB 018/09, annexation
  • Town of Raymond / County of Warner, MGB 30/09, annexation
  • Westridge Utilities v. Rocky View County, EAB, successfully dismissed appeal
  • City of Calgary / Rocky View County, MGB 079/07, annexation

Joanne’s practice includes general counsel work, planning and development law, infrastructure projects, injurious affection claims, leave to appeal applications, drafting and reviewing contracts and by-laws, judicial review applications, annexations, inter-municipal disputes, expropriations, employment law, by-law and Safety Codes Act enforcement, Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act issues, and environmental law. She drafts and reviews contracts, policies and bylaws; advises administration, Councils and Council committees, Subdivision and Development Appeal Boards; and represents municipalities before the Alberta Court of Appeal, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, Municipal Government Board, Environmental Appeal Board and other tribunals.

  • Former Chair, Member (1995-present), CBA Municipal Law Section
  • Draft Dog Judge (2007-present), Member (2000-present), Canadian Kennel Club
  • Developed and presented Tax Recovery Workshop, Civic Solutions Inc. (2012-2016)
  • Subdivision and Development Appeal Board training for board members across southern Alberta (2000-2016)
  • Developed and presented Policy Workshop, Alberta Municipal Clerks Association (2015)
  • Developed and presented full-day workshops on Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Civic Solutions Inc. (2012)
  • Presenter on various municipal law issues to clients and client groups, including the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties, the Community Planners’ Association, the Association of Development Officers of Alberta, the Alberta Professional Planners’ Institute, and the Urban Development Institute
  • Instructor, Planning and Development Law courses, University of Alberta Continuing Education Program
  • One of the Best Lawyers in Canada – Municipal Law (since 2015)