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Jun 2018 | Leadership & Change Management

ONTARIO’S NEW LAND USE PLANNING APPEALS REGIME: AN OVERVIEW OF WHAT HAS CHANGED
PATRICK J. HARRINGTON & LEO F. LONGO, AIRD & BERLIS LLP

The frequently-maligned Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) has, as of April 3, 2018, been transformed into the new Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT). This transformation was equal parts necessity and political opportunity. The necessity arose from a widespread but wrongly-held belief that the unelected members of the OMB were routinely overturning the will of elected municipal councils at lengthy hearings based on parades of one-sided evidence presented by high-priced consultants and lawyers funded by deep-pocketed developers.

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