The City of Toronto has established an independent local appeal body to provide quick and efficient hearings on appeals of land use decisions made by the Committee of Adjustment.
On May 3, the Toronto Local Appeal Body (TLAB) will replace the function of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) pertaining to minor variance and consent applications. TLAB is an independent, quasi-judicial tribunal established by authority of the City of Toronto Act and provincial government legislation.
“Toronto residents have long waited for a fair and reasonable process to replace the OMB regarding appeals of Committee of Adjustment decisions,” said Councillor David Shiner (Ward 24 Willowdale), Chair of the Planning and Growth Management Committee. “We’ve worked hard to bring local planning matters back to the City’s jurisdiction with the formation of a Toronto Local Appeal Body whose members live in Toronto and understand Toronto’s unique character and communities. As well we’re offering a mediation process where concerns can be discussed before an appeal hearing without the need for expensive professional consultants.”
Most TLAB meetings and hearings will be held in the Toronto Public Library building located at 40 Orchardview Boulevard off Yonge Street just north of Eglinton Avenue. Hearings may be held in person, by telephone or video conferencing, or in written form.
Minor variance applications fall under Section 45 of the Planning Act. For example, a homeowner may request a minor variance to allow for the installation of a garden shed that does not meet the minimum setback requirements from a property boundary.
Consent applications fall under Section 53 of the Planning Act. Typically, they involve requests to divide a property into separate lots or to add adjacent land to an existing lot.
For more information about the Toronto Local Appeal Body please visit http://www.toronto.ca/tlab