Tara Piurko
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4176

Tara has been practising commercial real estate law for over 15 years. Her main areas of expertise include land development, real property assessment and taxation, and municipal law issues.

Tara represents real-estate owners with property assessments, payments in lieu of taxes, property tax recharges and rent determination matters. She provides strategic advice to public and private developers on development project approvals such as official plan and zoning bylaw amendments, subdivision and site plan approvals, minor variances and consents. She also negotiates and prepares official plan amendments, zoning bylaw amendments and a variety of agreements, including settlement agreements, subdivision and site plan agreements, agreements under section 37 of the Ontario Planning Act, and heritage easement agreements.

In addition, Tara negotiates settlements with municipalities, community groups, neighbours and other interested parties regarding proposed developments and other municipal law matters. She also specializes in matters under the Ontario Retail Business Holidays Act, having represented owners of retail assets in obtaining approvals.

Tara has appeared before the Ontario Assessment Review Board, the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Disputes Advisory Panel, the Ontario Municipal Board, committees of adjustment and council on various municipal and land development matters.


Tara is recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publication:

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 (Municipal Law)

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Co-author: Taxation (General) - Technology and Internet
Halsbury's Laws of Canada, First Edition (reissue), Lexis Nexis, 2016.
Co-author: Halsbury's Laws of Canada
Taxation (General) (2016 Reissue) / Technology and Internet (2016 Reissue), 2016.
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Speaker: Assessment and Taxation 101: MPAC's 2016 Current Value Assessment (CVA)
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, November 23, 2015.
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