In June 2014, I asked city staff to bring forward a report with recommendations to improve the Committee of Adjustment.
Among other things, I directed city staff to report back on:
- Improvements to the notice process, including the manner and form of public notices as well as extending the distribution area and timeline;
- Training and professional development for Committee Adjustment panel members;
- The audio-visual or audio recording of Committee of Adjustment panels; and,
- A public participation strategy to ensure the public is well informed about the process and has the tolls to effectively engage in Committee of Adjustment hearings.
For the full text of my motion click here
Late last month, senior city staff brought two reports to the Planning and Growth Management Committee in response to my motion.
While a significant amount of good work is now under way, the reports left significant room for improvement.
That’s why, following a full and vigorous debate, I championed a series of motions pushing city staff to do better.
My motions direct the Chief Planner to hold a roundtable with residents’ associations and other neighbourhood groups to gather feedback from those most directly impacted by and involved with the Committee of Adjustment.
I also attached hard second quarter deadlines to public notice improvements and asked senior city staff to research best practices in comparable jurisdictions outside of Ontario.
For the full text of the committee’s lengthy decision, click here.