CoA Reform and TLAB Introduction
As your City Councillor, my goal is to maintain the integrity and character of our community. One of my primary concerns when running for office was to reform the City's planning process, this matter has remained a top priority of mine throughout my tenure.
During my time in office, I have been working collaboratively with residents of Ward 25 towards substantial change to our local planning processes. This includes improving the accountability and transparency of the Committee of Adjustment and leading the charge for Toronto to establish its very own Local Appeal Body to hear Committee of Adjustment appeals. You can read my motion which initiated this structural overhaul of the Committee of Adjustment here. Early recommendations included:
- The establishment of professional training for CoA members;
- Better engagement of residents; and,
- Improvements to the public notices and notification process.
You can read more about how these recommendations have affected change to the CoA.
Toronto Local Appeal body (TLAB)
I have also fought hard in getting the City to establish its own Local Appeal Body, an independent decision-making body that will replace the Ontario Municipal Board in hearing appeals of Committee of Adjustment (CoA) decisions on minor variance and consent applications. At last, Toronto's Local Appeal Body (TLAB) is in full force. As of May, 2017, the TLAB assumes all the powers and authority of the OMB for hearing appeals to CoA decisions for minor variance and consent applications. This is an opportunity to take control of our city’s planning and development and shift some decision-making power to the local, neighbourhood level where it belongs. Benefits of the TLAB include:
- Greater weight given to decisions of local communities;
- Locally appointed members who will make decisions affecting Toronto neighbourhoods in a fair, consistent, fact-based and informed manner.
- Eliminating lengthy, unpredictable, and costly "de novo" hearings for the majority of planning appeals;