Toronto Local Appeal Body

Local Appeal Body Update

Since I became your local Councillor in 2010, I’ve fought to transform our city’s local planning processes to make them more responsive to the needs and concerns of our city’s local neighbourhoods.

Over the years, there have been significant obstacles 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 decisions on minor variance and consent applications.

But after years of hard work, Toronto’s Local Appeal Body (TLAB) is finally up and running at 40 Orchard View Boulevard, in the heart of the Yonge-Eglinton neighbourhood!

To learn more about the TLAB, including the hearing schedule and how to appeal a Committee of Adjustment decision, please click here.

Local Appeal Body

As no doubt you’re aware, Toronto is facing incredible intensification pressure. That’s why I’m pleased to announce that the city is getting traction on real and significant planning reform!

In my first term in office, I worked with the former Chair of the Planning and Growth Management Committee to get the establishment of a Local Appeal Body (LAB) off the ground. City Council approved the LAB in July 2014.

The LAB will be an independent decision-making body that will replace the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) in hearing appeals of minor variance and consent applications.

The goal is to give Toronto more control over defining its own neighbourhoods. For example, the city, not the province, will appoint LAB members and set up the appointments process. The LAB will also determine its own rules of practice and procedure.

A report from City Planning about the LAB will be coming to Executive Committee in January 2016.

For more information on the LAB, check out this staff presentation from spring 2014.