an overview for property owners
Expropriation, in its simplest form, is the taking of privately owned land by a government body for public purposes. Expropriation often occurs when extensive infrastructure projects need to be completed, such as building roads or schools in areas where land has already been developed and purchased. When land is being expropriated, approval . . .
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, . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
[Another] Legislative Update
The Greater Golden Horseshoe is experiencing tremendous pressure as the fastest growing region in North America. In response to the increasing growth and population, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs released the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017 and Greenbelt Plan, 2017 on May 18th, 2017 which will update the current . . .
Recent changes were made to the Land Transfer Tax Act (LTTA) by the provincial government for the purpose of gathering residential housing data and to collect the new Non-Resident Speculation Tax (NRST).
These changes now require all lawyers dealing with Ontario real estate transactions in the Greater Golden Horseshoe to ensure that . . .