KWR Approvals Inc.

In 2004, Kevin W. Riles, after seventeen years as a Municipal Director of Planning & Development and Vice President of Land Development for one of Halifax's largest development firms, founded KWR Approvals Inc. (KWRA). Kevin believes that whether KWRA’s clients have retained them for planning approvals, land development/real estate analysis and/or community consultation, they consistently desire the same thing. Our clients are looking for a trusted advisor and professional firm to provide them simple, clear, concise and direct advice that gets the job done on budget, on time and as agreed without excuses, regardless of the obstacles. Most important, our clients have come to appreciate KWRA protects their best interest at all times.

After 17 years and 1,350+ successful applications & projects, our clients have come to appreciate that we bring “REAL’ to all of our business dealings.

Public Hearing Celebration   Kevin with his client Nick Stappas (Pathos Properties) and his family at the steps leading up to HRM Regional Council Chambers (June 2019). Regional Council unanimously approved the site specific planning amendment (SSPA) and development agreement to go from as of right 5 stories 31 units to 8 stories 55 units.

Our expertise and experience allows KWRA’s Team to work effectively with all stakeholders in the municipal planning approvals and land development industry. This includes municipal planning staff, various government departments at all levels, community and advisory groups, local political leaders, media, the public and consultants (i.e. architects, engineers). Having nearly 50 years of combined direct experience in government, corporate and the private sector in successfully completing over 1,250 projects has provided KWRA and its Team the ability to achieve results on some of the most technically-challenging and politically-sensitive projects. Successful land development, municipal planning approvals and real estate projects are about creating a thorough project plan, executing it and building support through meaningful and direct consultation with not only the public, but also all stakeholders in the approvals process. Throughout the entire project and process, our clients appreciate KWRA’s thorough and detailed communication with them to ensure they understand how things are proceeding and have a sense of the flow of the project. 

KWRA has worked with developers, corporations, governments, small businesses, residential property owners, First Nations and not-for-profit organizations of various experience levels on projects of every size and scale. Our clients, whether locally, regionally, nationally or overseas, look to KWRA to protect their best interests at all times and to ensure that the highest and best use of applications and projects that match their vision can be achieved. We enjoy working with our clients at the outset to assess the viability of the planning approvals, market acceptance and return on investment (ROI) of their project and vision through through the utilization of our SWOTT (Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Threats Trends) Analysis, Planning Reports & Fact Sheets and Letters of Planning Opinion. We have built our reputation on ensuring our clients get the right information and pertinent details they need to make an informed business decision that places them in the best position to succeed.

KWRA's Team is able to work with our clients from initial assessment of land and project, to conceptual stage, planning approvals and public consultation, pad-ready road construction and through to construction and sales. KWRA typically acts as overall project managers in the approval process to bring together an inter-disciplinary teams of architects, civil and transportation engineers and environmental specialists to work towards the client’s vision of a successful approvals/project. Our Team includes members who have real estate licenses that focus on commercial and multi-residential projects, which provides an appreciation for creating projects that create interest and demand in the market place.