Update from the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal
The Government of Ontario passed an Emergency Order (O.Reg. 73/20) under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. This Order is retroactive to March 16, 2020, and will affect proceedings before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal in the following ways:
• The Tribunal will not schedule any hearing events, including in-person, . . .
Tribunals Ontario is postponing all upcoming in-person hearings
The Local Planning Appeal Tribunal has released the following policies:
All appearance hearings that have been scheduled to commence or continue on or after Monday March 16th to Friday April 3rd will be adjourned and will be rescheduled at a later date.
All scheduled teleconference calls will proceed as scheduled.. . .
May 2, 2019
The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing announced this morning that the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) will revert back to the old Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) rules with de novo hearings. The proposed changes to the Planning Act and the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal Act, 2017 are meant to allow the LPAT to hear appeals with . . .
Introducing a new section 34.1
On December 6, 2018 the provincial government introduced Bill 66 which, among other things, proposes an amendment to the Planning Act. This proposal would add a new section 34.1 allowing municipalities to pass “open-for-business” by-laws with approval from the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
An open-for-business by-law . . .
Notes from the March 21, 2018 ELTO webcast
On Wednesday March 21, 2018 the first webinar was held as a primer to address the new Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. Two more sessions will be taking place with the same material covered in each. To register for an upcoming session, you must sign up which can be done here: . . .
New Proposed Rules of Practice and Procedure
The government has released the proposed Rules of Practice and Procedure for the new Local Planning Appeal Tribunal which are available online: http://elto.gov.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Local-Planning-Appeal-Tribunal-Proposed-Rules-of-Practice-and-Procedure-2018-02-23.pdf
Tips on what to expect and how to prepare
The first Toronto Local Appeal Body "TLAB" hearing will be taking place later this month and digital evidence demonstrations are being held to help prepare those who will be involved with the first hearings.
Here are some of my observations of the facilities and procedures after attending a demonstration yesterday:. . .