Municipal & Planning Law Blog - 2010
Current issues and updates on law, legislation and policy.
On April 7, 2010, sections 2, 15, 16, 17, 19, 22 and 23 of the Adjudicative Tribunals Accountability, Governance and Appointments Act, 2009 came into force, along with O. Reg 126/10 created pursuant [read more]
The Ontario Ministry of the Environment ("MOE") has undertaken a new initiative to modernize the environmental approvals process. Lower-risk activities will have a simplified approval process [read more]
We are pleased to announce that our blog has been selected to be featured in the “Top Blogs” section of the recently released LexisNexis Environmental law and Climate Change Center.
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The Ministry of the Environment ("MOE") posted the final regulations for Bill 133 on the Environmental Bill of Rights ("EBR") on June 8, 2007. The Environmental Penalties ("EP") [read more]
The province has quietly brought into force changes to the Development Charges Act to set out the rules applicable to the inclusion of the Toronto-York Subway extension in future development charges [read more]
The province has renewed the appointments of 4 OMB members for 5 years. Members Marc Denhez, Reid Rossi, Joseph Sniezek and Peter Acheson have all been renewed until 2012. All were originally [read more]
Bill 130 (available here ), theMunicipal Statute Law Amendment Act, 2006(the "Bill"),received Royal Assent on December 20, 2006 and is now in force. The Bill amends, among other [read more]
Bill 51 (now S.O. 2006, c. 23) received Royal Assent on October 19; however, the most significant sections which amend large portions of the Planning Act are not yet in force.The Act provided that [read more]
Bill 51, the Planning and Conservation Land Statute Law Amendment Act, received 3rd reading and was passed on October 12. It is now awaiting Royal Assent. [read more]
One of the recurring comments during the recent consultation on OMB Reform related to the length of OMB appointments. The three year tenure was seen as being too short, and providing lack of [read more]
The Ontario Municipal Board announced today (October 2) that it has created the Citizen Liason Office .
The office will
Provide information to the public about the OMB, such as how to file [read more]
During the summer, Bill 51 was considered and amended by the General Government Committee. It was reported back as amended on September 25, the first day back of the new legislative session, [read more]
The Standing Committee on General Government has scheduled public hearings for the consideration of Bill 51. The Committee will meet on August 3rd in Toronto, and will travel to London, Napanee [read more]
The Ontario Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal which challenged the process followed by the Province in establishing a plan under the Ontario Planning and Development Act in Seaton.
The [read more]
As part of the last minute flurry of legislative activity, the legislative assembly passed Bill 209, which amends the Highway Traffic Act to provide that persons convicted of drinking and boating [read more]
As the legislative session wraps up today, Bill 104, that would establish the Greater Toronto Transportation Authority is scheduled for 3rd Reading debate. We assume this means it will go to [read more]
The Province has released the final growth plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. It is available here .All Planning Act decisions must conform with the Plan, subject to the transitional regulation [read more]
The Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal has announced that the final Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe will be released on June 14 at 11:45 a.m. at the Waterside Inn in Mississauga [read more]
Bill 43, the proposedClean Water Act(available here ),has now been debated by the Legislative Assembly of Ontario on two occasions prior to second reading. The debate began on April 12th, and [read more]
We're 1!!!! We launched this site on May 3, 2005. Since then, we have posted 80 or so changes in law, policy and politics. Is it useful? Well, since we are approaching 80,000 [read more]
The Province has announced the final development plan for the Seaton community in Pickering. The press release indicates that the implementation of the plan will be supported by a management [read more]
Bill 51, the Planning and Conservation Land Statute Amendment Act received second reading on April 26. It has been referred to the Standing Committee on General Government, and is expected to [read more]
Debate on the second reading of Bill 51, thePlanning and Conservation Land Statute Law Amendment Act, which proposes significant changes to thePlanning Actand by extension to the OMB appeal process, [read more]
While the 2006 parliamentary calendar originally contemplated that the session would not begin until March, the Ontario Legislature resumes sitting on February 13, 2006. It will sit until March [read more]
The legislature, on its last sitting day until March, 2006, gave third reading to the Duffins Rouge Agricultural Preserve Act, 2005. It was given Royal Assent just before the legislature rose [read more]
The Province has introduced thePlanning and Conservation Land Statute Law Amendment Act, 2005, which will propose amendments to the Planning Act and other statutes to change and clarify the role of [read more]
On November 22, 2005, the federal government added six greenhouse gases to Schedule 1 of theCanadian Environmental Protection Act 1999(CEPA 1999). The addition allows for the introduction later [read more]
Bill 37, the Respect for Municipalities Act, 2005, received 2nd and 3rd reading on December 12. At the end of the day, it also received Royal Assent. The Act amends the Taxpayer Protection Act [read more]
The Ontario Ministry of the Environment has released a consultation paper on Bill 133, theEnvironmental Enforcement Statute Law Amendment Act, 2005. This Act, which was passed on June 9, 2005, make [read more]
The Province has fulfilled a long standing committment today by introducing the Clean Water Act. The Act proposes to
Requiremunicipalities and conservation authorities to map the sources of [read more]
The Province has released the proposed Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horshoe. It can be found here .
Comments on the Plan are due January 27, 2006.
We are reviewing the plan and [read more]
The Toronto Computer Leasing Inquiry and Toronto External Contracts Inquiry, headed by Madame Justice Bellamy, released its report on September 12. The report, which is reported to be 1,123 [read more]
Premier McGuinty, speaking to the annual Association ofMunicipalities of Ontario conference, referred generally to OntarioMunicipal Board reform. While he did not give specific details,he did [read more]
The Globe and Mail reported on August 13 that "provincial sources" had confirmed that the province hasre-appointed Susan Fish to the Ontario Municipal Board. Ms Fish,a former Toronto [read more]
As part of the ongoing implementation of the Walkerton Inquiry reccommendations, the Ministry of the Environment has filed a number of new regulations under theSafe Drinking Water Act, 2002.
Regulation [read more]
A new Bill 133 came out of Committee on May 30, 2005, was given 2ndreading on June 2, and has been referred back to Committee for further consideration on June 6. 2ndreading is considered approval [read more]
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has announced the establishment of the Greenbelt Council, which will provide advise on the administration of the Greenbelt and guide the government on [read more]
In a decision dated May 13, the Ontario Court of Appeal unanimouslyupheld the City of Toronto's jurisdiction to pass a pesticide ban.The Court determined that, absent an express direction in theMunicipal [read more]
Bill 136, thePlaces to Grow Act, has been reported back to the Legislative Assembly from the General Government Committee with amendments, and ordered for third reading.UPDATE Bill 136 has now received [read more]
Three new members have been appointed to the Ontario Municipal Board, as of April 20. They areDoug Gates (former City Solicitor in Oakville);Karlene Hussey (a lawyer from Stratford who has previously [read more]
Bill 60, An Act to Amend the Heritage Act, has been given Royal Assent and is now in force.
The final version of the Bill, now S.O. 2005, c.6 , can be found at
http://shorl [read more]
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