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Province Proposes Changes to OMB / Land Use Planning Appeals System

May 16, 2017

The Province has issued a news release and backgrounder on proposed changes to the land use planning appeal system:

According to the Province:

"In the coming weeks, legislation will be introduced to create the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, which would, if passed, replace the Ontario Municipal Board. The new tribunal would be mandated to give greater weight to the decisions of local communities, while ensuring that development and growth occurs in a way that is good for Ontario and its future.  This would be achieved by eliminating lengthy and costly "de novo" hearings for the majority of planning appeals. ...

The new legislation would include additional measures to transform Ontario's land use planning appeals system, including:

Exempting a broader range of major land use planning decisions from appeal, including new Official Plans, major Official Plan updates and detailed plans to support growth in major transit areas.
Establishing a mandatory case conference for complex hearings to encourage early settlements, which would help reduce the time and cost of appeals and create a less adversarial system."

The Province has issued the following flowchart on the proposed hearing process for land use planning appeals:

Wood Bull LLP will provide further detail and analysis on the proposed changes in the coming weeks.

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