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

Who Let the Dogs Out?

When Dogs Need to be on a Leash: Legal Considerations and Implications

Pet adoption has significantly increased during the Covid-19 pandemic and there are many new dog owners who may not be aware of their responsibilities when enjoying the outdoors with their pets.

Municipalities in the Simcoe County area tend to have similar by-laws which require a dog to be on a leash when off of private property, . . .

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July 22, 2020

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

Can I Cut Down My Own Christmas Tree?

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 . . .

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December 11, 2018

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