(1) The municipality or approval authority depending upon whose decision or non-decision is the subject of the appeal, may file three copies of a case synopsis with the Registrar, and, serve one copy upon the Appellant, and may do so irrespective of whether it filed a responding appeal record. A case synopsis shall contain the following:
(a) a concise statement confirming the Respondent’s agreement or disagreement with the Appellant’s identification of the original application(s) made by the applicant, the decision or non-decision being appealed by the Appellant and summarizing the nature of the decision(s) made by the Council or the Approval Authority, and where the Respondent disagrees, providing the Respondent’s position;
(b) a concise overview statement describing the Respondent’s position on the nature of the appeal and the Appellant’s issues relating to questions of consistency with a policy statement issued under section 3(1) of the Planning Act and conformity or conflict with a provincial plan or applicable official plan;
(c) a concise summary of the facts in the Appellant’s summary of facts relevant to the identified issues of consistency, conformity or conflict in the appeal that the Respondent accepts as correct and those facts with which the Respondent disagrees, and a concise summary of any additional facts relied on, with such reference to the contents of the municipal record, Appellant’s appeal record, or the Respondent’s appeal record as is necessary;
(d) the position of the Respondent with respect to each issue raised by the Appellant, immediately followed by a concise argument with reference to the facts, law, policies, plans, and authorities relating to that issue;
(e) a statement of any additional issues of consistency, conformity or conflict raised, immediately followed by a concise argument with reference to the facts, law, policies, plans, and authorities relating to each such additional issue;
(f) a listing of relevant authorities as may be available (statutes, case law and applicable Tribunal cases) and an analysis or explanation of how the authorities inform the issues;
(g) the text of all relevant excerpted provisions of provincial planning policies, planning instruments, statutes, regulations or by-laws cited;
(h) a statement of the order that the Tribunal will be asked to make; and
(i) in the event that an oral hearing is afforded by the Tribunal, an estimate of the amount of time needed for oral submissions, which in total shall not exceed 75 minutes for each
(2) References to the municipal record and Appellant’s appeal record or the Respondent’s appeal record shall be by volume, tab, page and line number, where applicable. Paragraphs shall be numbered consecutively throughout the case synopsis.
(3) The Respondent's case synopsis shall not exceed 30 pages in length, unless authorized by the Tribunal (It is expected that the case synopsis will be printed in 12 point Arial font, with one and a half spaces between the lines).