On March 9, 2016, the City of Toronto (the “City”) Executive Committee will receive a follow-up Staff Report recommending implementation of a Local Appeal Body (“LAB”) for hearing appeals of minor variance and consent decisions issued by the City’s Committees of Adjustment. The fee to file an appeal would be $500.00.
The Ontario Municipal Board would continue hearing appeals related to zoning by-law and official plan amendments, site plan applications and plans of subdivision. Appeals of LAB decisions regarding questions of law would continue to be heard , with leave, by the Divisional Court.
The LAB is intended to operate as an independent decision-making body, free from influence by other parties, including City staff and Council. The LAB would consist of seven part-time members and a full-time Chair. The report proposes that Council appoint three citizens to a Nominating Panel, on recommendation from the Civic Appointments Committee. The Nominating Panel will interview candidates and recommend preferred candidates directly to Council for appointment to a four year term.
The report also recommends implementation of a one year pilot program for mediation of LAB appeals in the North York district. Participation in the pilot project would be at no cost to the applicant or other parties. Mediation could occur either prior to the Committee of Adjustment hearing or prior to the hearing of the LAB appeal. Mediation that results in modifications to the original application would return to the Committee of Adjustment for a new hearing.
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