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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.

Moving Forward on Planning Reform

Toronto is moving ahead on real and significant planning reform!

The movement starts with City Council’s recent decision to create a Local Appeal Body (LAB). The LAB will hear appeals from the Committee of Adjustment (CoA) instead of the Ontario Municipal Board.

The LAB is expected to be in place by September 2015. I worked alongside the former Chair of the Planning and Growth Management Committee to get the LAB concept off the ground, and I am pleased to see it become a reality.

As I said during the debate at City Council, 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.

The decision to create a LAB is a great opportunity to rethink the CoA – to rebuild the minor variance process from the ground up.

That’s why I championed a motion at the Planning and Growth Management Committee asking for fundamental improvements to the CoA.

My motion passed unanimously and directed the Chief Planner to look at everything from extending the notice area to improving the training and professional development of CoA members to having a city planner on hand during hearings to answer questions from residents.

I also asked city staff to develop a participation strategy to ensure that the public is not only well informed but has the tools and know-how to effectively engage in the process. You can see the full motion below.

The Chief Planner’s report is expected in early 2015.

PGM TLAB by jayerobinson on Scribd

Local Appeal Board Consultations

Public consultations are underway on creating a Local Appeal Body (LAB). The LAB would hear appeals from the Committee of Adjustment, replacing the Ontario Municipal Board in the context of minor variance and consent applications.

The North York meeting is on Monday, March 3, 7 p.m. at North York Civic Centre and the central meeting on Monday, March 17, 7 p.m. at Metro Hall.

The public consultations will feed into a long awaited and highly anticipated staff report – one that I have pushed hard for over the course of the term – that is expected to recommend that the city establish a LAB. I encourage you to come out and have your say. Check out www.toronto.ca/localappealbody for more information!