Province to replace Ontario Municipal Board with less powerful tribunal

17 05 2017

Province to replace Ontario Municipal Board with less powerful tribunal
Officials say the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal will replace the OMB
The Canadian Press Posted: May 16, 2017 10:02 AM ET Last Updated: May 16, 2017 10:02 AM ET

The province has announced major changes to how disputes between developers, residents and governments over planning and development issues are adjudicated in Ontario.

Government officials say the Ontario Municipal Board will be replaced by the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, which will have less power.

Under new reforms, the tribunal will only make decisions on whether or not a municipality has followed its planning process and land use plans. If it hasn’t, the issue will be sent back to the municipality for reconsideration.

That will mean fewer municipal decisions can be overturned than under the current process, in which each dispute is treated as if it were new, disregarding the decision the local government has made.

The reforms also include giving information and support to residents who want to appeal a municipal decision.

Other changes include prohibiting appeals of municipalities’ development plans around major transit hubs.


City’s Infill Zoning By-law 2012-147 Challenged

6 08 2013

The City’s Infill Zoning By-law 2012-147 was challenged by the industry with an appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board and a motion to the Divisional Court of Ontario. The Divisional Court has issued a decision in the city’s favour. The appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board is still underway.

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OMB decision on the Review – Proposed Urban Uniform Developments for 335 Roosevelt

11 02 2013

Posted on behalf of Westboro Citizens for Appropriate Development

Westboro C.A.D. have received the OMB decision of the review (requested by Uniform Developments) of the May 2012 decision that ruled that the high rise proposal was not in conformity with the Official Plan. Uniform applied to the City for an Official Plan Amendment (OPA) to allow the higher maximum zoning and allow their proposal, and they also filed for a review of the May 2012 decision.

In the review, Uniform argued there was a denial of natural justice as they had not had the chance to present their case. The recent OMB decision agreed that Uniform should be given the chance to present their case. So the case is to be continued. To quote the decision itself: “Specifically this hearing should continue before the original member where it left off but with the inclusion of the appeal to Uniform’s Official Plan Amendment (OPA) if launched.”

Here is the decision:

So we know we will be going back to the OMB at some point, and we know that we will want to be involved in the City hearing and decision on the OPA requested by Uniform. But we don’t know the details of the process or the timeframe.
So stay tuned. We will get back to you on the details and let you know how you can help.

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OMB shoots down rezoning for Westboro condo towers

13 06 2012

“Opponents of two condo towers overlooking the Transitway trench in Westboro have won a victory from the Ontario Municipal Board, which found that the city’s planning documents are supposed to mean what they say.

The two buildings at 335 Roosevelt Ave. were designed to be 14 and 16 storeys tall. Their would-be builder, Uniform Urban Developments, made the case that they’d hold the same number of units, but be more attractive — taller but slimmer — than the four-to-six storey apartments allowed under the existing zoning. In December, over many nearby residents’ objections, city council signed off on the zoning change permitting the taller structures…” (Read the rest of this story on the Ottawa Citizen website.)

The final word from the OMB re: 300 Richmond Road

28 05 2008

This is an update to this post regarding the future of the former used car lot at 300 Richmond Road (at Eden).

The OMB has finally handed down its decision. To summarize: We lost the appeal and will be discussing our options at our upcoming board meeting. We will be posting a more detailed response here soon.

Click here to read the full text of the OMB decision in PDF format. If you haven’t been aware of this issue, know that this decision is of critical importance to the future of Westboro Village.


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