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Municipal Matters

Changes to the Planning Act

Introducing a new section 34.1

On December 6, 2018 the provincial government introduced Bill 66 which, among other things, proposes an amendment to the Planning Act. This proposal would add a new section 34.1 allowing municipalities to pass “open-for-business” by-laws with approval from the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

An open-for-business by-law . . .

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December 07, 2018

Municipal Wastewater Charges

What is reasonable?

Most municipalities calculate sewage rates based on water consumption. This is likely based on the idea that what goes in must come out, but that is not always the case. Not all of the water taken will enter the sewage system, like when it is used for activities such as watering lawns and gardens. On the other hand, other waste products enter . . .

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June 04, 2018

RIP OMB; HI LPAT

The OMB became the LPAT today

The Ontario Municipal Board is no more as it was replaced by the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal on April 3, 2018.

You can find more information on their website: http://elto.gov.on.ca/news/local-planning-appeal-tribunal/

If you have any questions on how this impacts you as a municipality, developer or resident please . . .

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April 03, 2018

LPAT – Questions and Answers

Notes from the March 21, 2018 ELTO webcast

On Wednesday March 21, 2018 the first webinar was held as a primer to address the new Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. Two more sessions will be taking place with the same material covered in each. To register for an upcoming session, you must sign up which can be done here: . . .

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March 21, 2018

LPAT RULES RELEASED

New Proposed Rules of Practice and Procedure

The government has released the proposed Rules of Practice and Procedure for the new Local Planning Appeal Tribunal which are available online: http://elto.gov.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Local-Planning-Appeal-Tribunal-Proposed-Rules-of-Practice-and-Procedure-2018-02-23.pdf

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March 05, 2018

My Summer Student Experience

As the summer comes to an end, I would like to take a moment to express my gratitude for my involvement with Barriston for the past two summers. I will be returning to the University of Ottawa for my last year of law school and I am very grateful for the experiences that Barriston has given me which will assist me in school and my future . . .

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August 24, 2017

Visiting the Toronto Local Appeal Body

Tips on what to expect and how to prepare

The first Toronto Local Appeal Body "TLAB" hearing will be taking place later this month and digital evidence demonstrations are being held to help prepare those who will be involved with the first hearings.

Here are some of my observations of the facilities and procedures after attending a demonstration yesterday:

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August 10, 2017

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