MLB-Slaw Selected Case Summaries

Here you'll find weekly summaries of selected cases provided to Slaw by Maritime Law Book's National Reporter System.

Mar 6

Drummond (Village) v. Michaud 2012 NBCA 17 

Land Regulation - Land use control - Exemptions - Nonconforming use - Use not conforming to zoning bylaw - Lawful use prior to zoning


The village of Drummond applied for an order directing the Michauds to dismantle a fence that did not comply with its municipal bylaw. The Michauds relied on the principle of vested rights as a defence and argued that the erection of their cattle fence was a legal non-conforming use.

The New Brunswick Court of Queen’s Bench allowed the village’s application. The Michauds appealed.

The New Brunswick Court of Appeal allowed the appeal.

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