Tree-cutting laws in Ontario
The holidays are fast approaching. If you love having a real Christmas tree but you don’t want to pay for one, you may be looking to chop one down in a local forest or maybe get one from your own property.
But…is it allowed? In Ontario, the short answer is: it depends.
Individuals are permitted to cut down a tree on crown . . .
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 . . .
What is reasonable?
Most municipalities calculate sewage rates based on water consumption. This is likely based on the idea that what goes in must come out, but that is not always the case. Not all of the water taken will enter the sewage system, like when it is used for activities such as watering lawns and gardens. On the other hand, other waste products enter . . .
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:. . .
Navigating the new legislative landscape
The Municipal Law team at Barriston is looking forward to our first case at the Toronto Local Appeal Body (“TLAB”) in mid-October. The TLAB was created on May 3rd, 2017 established by the City of Toronto Act to replace the Ontario Municipal Board (“OMB”) in Toronto. The TLAB will hear minor variance and consent application appeals that were . . .