Bill 139, the Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017, S.O. 2017, c. 23, will come into force on the proclamation dated which the Province has announced will be on 3 April 2018. Bill 139 makes significant changes to the Planning Act, including the replacement of the Ontario Municipal Board with a new appeal body called the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (“LPAT”).
The Environment and Land Tribunals Ontario (ELTO) (a cluster of tribunals that is proposed to also oversee LPAT) has released its proposed rules of practice and procedure for LPAT. These proposed rules of practice and procedure can be found on the ELTO website here.
We are in the process of reviewing the proposed rules and will release in a forthcoming blog an overview of the significant changes when compared to the rules of practice and procedure of the Ontario Municipal Board.
ELTO is accepting comments on the proposed rules until 23 March 2018. Comments can be submitted to ELTO.CLO@ontario.ca.
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Bill 139 - Province Files Regulation re Transitional Matters
Bill 139 Amendments - in force on 3 April 2018
Bill 139 - Province Provides Statement on Transition from the OMB to LPAT
Bill 139 Receives Royal Assent on 12 December 2017
Bill 139 - Notice of Proposed Planning Act Regulations Posted for Public Consultation
Bill 139 Referred to Standing Committee on Social Policy
Bill 139 : Focusing on the New Tribunal is to Miss the Forest for the Trees - A Lesson in Legislative Misdirection - It’s the Appeal Provisions Which Count (Part 1 of a Longer Conversation about Bill 139)
Bill 139 Second Reading
Bill 139 Submission by Advocates for Effective OMB Reform
Bill 139 Proposed Planning Act Amendments - Comparison Table
WOOD BULLetin - Proposed Bill 139 - Government of Ontario's Proposed Changes to Overhaul the Land Use Planning Appeal System and Conserve Watersheds