What are my legal rights if municipal roadwork harms my business?
As road repair and construction season ramps up in municipalities across Ontario, many business owners will be facing the news that the street and sidewalk outside their business will be temporarily closed due to municipal roadwork. Depending on the extent of the project, this can range from…Continue reading the post titled What are my legal rights if municipal roadwork harms my business?
Big Changes Coming (again) to Land Use Planning Appeals in Ontario
The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing announced on May 2, 2019, that the most significant and disruptive of the 2017 legislative changes to Ontario’s land use planning appeal process are being repealed. The government announcement, contained in its “Housing Supply Action Plan” (the “…Continue reading the post titled Big Changes Coming (again) to Land Use Planning Appeals in Ontario
Sidewalks: Do you have to shovel them?
Most homeowners are aware that they do not own the sidewalk that surrounds their property – the municipality does. But as winter sets in and snow starts to fall, what does this mean for you? Generally speaking, homeowners are not legally responsible for the maintenance of sidewalks surroundi…Continue reading the post titled Sidewalks: Do you have to shovel them?
Significant changes to the Ontario Municipal Board
The Ontario Municipal Board (“OMB”) will be undergoing radical reform in the coming months. The Ontario government recently announced its long-awaiting plans to restructure the OMB. If the changes are passed, the OMB will be replaced by a new statutory body, which will be referred to as the …Continue reading the post titled Significant changes to the Ontario Municipal Board
Modernizing Municipal Legislation
On November 16, 2016 the Ontario government introduced changes to three key pieces of municipal legislation: Municipal Act, 2001, City of Toronto Act, Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. The proposed changes are focused on accountability and transparency; municipal financial sustainability; …Continue reading the post titled Modernizing Municipal Legislation
Development Charges Act: funding for transit and recycling
Last week, we reported on the passage of Bill 73: Smart Growth for Our Communities Act, 2015 (the “Act”) and its implications for the Planning Act. This week we look at the amendments to the Development Charges Act, which mean more funding tools for municipalities for transit and recycling i…Continue reading the post titled Development Charges Act: funding for transit and recycling
Significant Changes to Planning Act Coming
On December 3, 2015 a few parts of Bill 73, the Smart Growth for our Communities Act, came into force, amending both the Planning Act and the Development Charges Act. The majority of the changes under the Planning Act are not yet in force. One significant pending change relates to removing a…Continue reading the post titled Significant Changes to Planning Act Coming
Four Ways to Be a Better Neighbour: London By-Laws and How They Affect You
Although most of us are lucky enough to live next door to reasonable and friendly people, living in a City means that sometimes we get in each other’s way. If you are building a fence, have a dog or a pool or are planning a big backyard party there are some rules and by-laws you...Continue reading the post titled Four Ways to Be a Better Neighbour: London By-Laws and How They Affect You