If a "social agreement" arising from an earlier decision of a municipal council is treated as a binding contract, is it binding contract?

British Columbia, Canada


The following excerpt is from Trainor-Degirolamo v British Columbia (Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development), 2019 BCSC 430 (CanLII):

Furthermore, if a “social agreement” arising from an earlier decision of a municipal council is treated as a binding contract, it would create problems at all levels of government because it would interfere with subsequent government discretion to change terms or conditions of approvals to reflect the wishes of its population at that time: Davidson v. Calgary (City), 2007 ABCA 364 at paras. 13-18.

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