Municipal Matters

RIP LPAT, ERT & BON; HI OLT

The LPAT has now merged with four other tribunals to form the Ontario Land Tribunal; apologies in advance for all the acronyms

It seems like just yesterday we were writing RIP OMB; HI LPAT when the Ontario Municipal Board (“OMB”) was replaced by the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT”) on April 3, 2018.

As of today, June 1, 2021, the LPAT, Environmental Review Tribunal (“ERT”) and Board of Negotiation (“BON”) have merged with the Conservation Review Board . . .

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June 01, 2021

LPAT hearing events cancelled to June 30, 2020

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, . . .

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March 24, 2020

LPAT COVID-19 POLICY

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.

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March 16, 2020

OMB Rules are Making a Comeback

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 . . .

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May 02, 2019

Changes to the Planning Act

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 . . .

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December 07, 2018

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