Seeking Volunteers for OSSGA’s 2019 Student Design Competition November 6, 2018
OSSGA is looking for a pit or quarry to serve as the host site for the 2019 Student Design Competition. Members must have a geo-referenced computer drawing of the final rehabilitation plan, PDF copies of your site plans, and be required to provide multiple tours for participating students. The program challenges Ontario university and college students to put their design skills to work by creating a rehabilitation design that maximizes the opportunities that the site will offer.
OSSGA Comments on Media Coverage of TARBA's Report on Recycling November 2, 2018
TVO published an analysis of TARBA's recent report on the use of recycled aggregate in Ontario's municipalities. OSSGA's Norm Cheesman comments.
TARBA Launches Campaign to Improve Recycling Practices in Municipalities Across Ontario October 25, 2018
A new study released today identifies the municipalities in Ontario that are doing a poor job of recycling concrete and asphalt. The research report, which collected information on the recycling practices of larger communities across Ontario, identifies the municipal "Laggards" – as well as the "Leaders" – in reusing aggregate recovered from construction sites. The report has been released to media in the hope of generating improvement in the recycling policies and practices of the municipalities that are currently 'Lagging' in the effort.
Calling All Speakers! July 19, 2018
Agricultural Impact Assessment July 13, 2018
OSSGA's Land Use Committee reviewed the EBR posting and the guidance documents and identified a number of areas of concern which include the 1km area of study, potential inconsistencies with the PPS and harmonization with other regulatory instraments. A meeting has been held with OMAFRA to discuss OSSGA's concerns and we continue to work with them to resolve these issues. Please view OSSGA's submission here.
Axle-Weight Pilot: Weigh-ins are Underway June 28, 2018
The Axle-Weight Pilot has been extended for another year. Last year, 400 data points were collected. The goal of the pilot is to collect 1,000 data points. MTO has agreed to staff weigh-scales to help collect data over the coming weeks. The scale lights will NOT be on – trucks will simply enter the scale, weigh-in, and be off on their way.
OSSGA Submits Comments on “Guidance to Support Implementation of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017” June 28, 2018
OSSGA, in consultation with its members, submitted comments on the proposed "Guidance to Support Implementation of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017".

OMB Announces Webinars to Discuss Rules of Practice and Procedures for The New LPAT

March 5, 2018 at 2:12 PM

The OMB has distributed the following invitation for a webinar primer on the new Local Planning Appeal Tribunal which members may be interested in attending.  The webinar is free but you must preregister. Note that it says that the new rules will come into effect on April 3rd

At the OSSGA Conference, a presentation was made which included speculation on what the implications of the new system could be, and timelines on transitioning to the new LPAT system.  It is available in the members area of the website, and for members’ convenience I have attached it here.  We will continue to monitor and keep you posted on this issue.

The invitation:

As you may be aware, Bill 139, Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017, makes a number of changes to the process of seeking and appealing land use planning approvals throughout Ontario. The Act received Royal Assent on December 12, 2017, and will come into effect on April 3, 2018.

As a result of Bill 139, the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) is preparing to become the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) upon proclamation.  We are working to develop new approaches to managing Planning Act appeals that are impacted by Bill 139, and are working to streamline case management and hearing room processes to align with the legislated timelines for hearing appeals.  

In preparation for this transition, we are preparing draft Rules of Practice and Procedure for LPAT, which will be posted on our website on March 2, 2018 for your comments and feedback.

We would also like to invite you to join us for our webinar on these changes: “Local Planning Appeal Tribunal:  A Primer”.

There will be three sessions (please note that the same presentations will be made during each session):

Webinar 1:

Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Time: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Webinar 2:

Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Time: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Webinar 3:

Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm


Our topics will include:

  • Key Elements of LPAT’s Function in the Ontario Planning Process
  • Rules Changes: LPAT and Local Planning Appeal Tribunal Act
  • Filing an LPAT appeal – what’s the same and what’s new

The presentations will be available for download on our website before the webinars take place. A video of the webinar will also be posted on our website at a later date for those unable to join the live-stream.

There is no fee for this webinar; however, you must sign up ahead of time to join in. To sign up for the webinar and for full details, please visit our Eventbrite page.

If you have any questions on the webinar, please feel free to contact our Citizen Liaison Office by email at ELTO.CLO@ontario.ca or by phone at 416-326-6792 / 1-866-448-2248.

Please share this invitation within your organization and with your broader network.

I thank you in advance for your continued support in this endeavour.

Sincerely,

                                 Bruce Krushelnicki

                                 Executive Chair

                                 Environment and Land Tribunals Ontario

 

                                 James McKenzie

                                 Associate Chair, Ontario Municipal Board

                                 Environment and Land Tribunals Ontario