Starting in February, the City of Toronto will be launching its trial mediation pilot program for Committee of Adjustment applications to assist in dispute resolution for both minor variance and consent applications.
City Council approved this one-year mediation program in March of 2016 as part of its approval of the establishment of a Toronto Local Appeal Body for Committee of Adjustment applications.
Mediation of an application will be voluntary and at no cost to the applicant. Mediation can occur either before or after the Committee of Adjustment has made a decision and will be offered only once per application. If the mediation results in revisions to the original application, the application will return to the Committee of Adjustment for a new hearing. The Committee of Adjustment is not obligated to approve the mediated or revised application.
Participation in the mediation program does not restrict any interested parties from appealing a Committee of Adjustment decision to the Ontario Municipal Board (or the future Toronto Local Appeal Body).
The program begins in the North York District on February 9th, 2017, followed by the Toronto and East York District on February 15th, the Scarborough District on February 16th, and the Etobicoke and York District on February 23rd.
For more information on the mediation pilot program, please visit the City of Toronto website here.
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