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Is Bill 109 – More Homes for Everyone, 2022 – BANANA(s)?

  • May 10, 2022
  • Robert Miller and Grace O’Brien, Davies Howe LLP

On April 14, 2022, Bill 109, the More Homes for Everyone Act, 2022, received royal assent, just two weeks after it was introduced by the provincial government on March 30, 2022. Bill 109 proposed several amendments to existing legislation, including the Planning Act, the Development Charges Act, 1997, the City of Toronto Act, 2006, the New Home Construction Licensing Act, 2017 and the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act.

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Ontario Land Tribunal Cost Awards: Are Municipalities Exempt?

  • April 14, 2022
  • Meredith Baker, Turkstra Mazza Associates

Are municipalities free to conduct themselves as they see fit in proceedings before the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT, formerly known as the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal and before that, the Ontario Municipal Board) without the threat of costs being awarded against them? In short, the answer is no. Municipalities are not exempt from cost awards. This article explains why.

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Expropriation Law: 2021 A Year In Review

  • April 14, 2022
  • John S. Doherty, Gowling WLG, Roberto Aburto, Gowling WLG, Sahil Shoor, Gowling WLG, Carolina Campos, Gowling WLG, Tristan Neill, Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG 's Expropriation Law Group summarizes several complex and compelling expropriation cases from across Canada in 2021. The team highlights a number of important issues and key takeaways for those parties involved in the expropriation process. The court decisions are not listed in rank order.

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Refreshing Update to the Ontario Planning Act Now In Force

  • April 14, 2022
  • Mark Giavedoni, Gowling WLG; Robert Jackson, Gowling WLG

On Jan. 1, 2022 amendments to the Ontario Planning Act were proclaimed. As a result of these amendments, a good number of unfortunate traps have been done away with. This article summarizes those amendments.

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City of Toronto Abandons Minimum Parking Standards to Advance Environmental Sustainability and Residents’ Health

  • March 03, 2022
  • Kailey Sutton, associate at McMillan LLP, with thanks to C. Scott (student-at-law)

On February 3, 2022, Toronto City Council enacted and passed By-law 89-2022 (the “Amendment”), being an amendment to Zoning By-law 569-2013 to update parking standards across the City. Amongst other things, the Amendment introduces new electric vehicle (or “EV”) standards, removes most minimum parking requirements for new developments (except accessible parking standards) and introduces new maximum parking standards.

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Planning for Drones: Land Use Planning in Ontario

  • January 10, 2022
  • Katryna Vergis-Mayo, Dentons Canada LLP

Provincial and municipal planning policy can overlap with or complement the federal aeronautics regulatory regime. Drones are particularly vulnerable to this overlap due to their relative proximity to the public realm. Drone industry stakeholders need to be cognizant of appropriate land use planning policy.

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Inclusionary Zoning Framework Approved in Toronto

  • January 10, 2022
  • Pitman Patterson, Lee English, Isaac Tang, Adam Shipowick, BLG

On November 9, 2021 the City of Toronto approved Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw amendments as well as draft Implementation Guidelines introducing Inclusionary Zoning requirements. These requirements will make Inclusionary Zoning mandatory for new developments that meet certain criteria in approved Protected Major Transit Stations Areas (PMTSA) to include affordable rental and ownership housing units beginning in late 2022.

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Municipal Liability in Negligence: Recent Developments in 2021

  • January 10, 2022
  • Sarah Hahn and Matt Hodgson, Barriston Law,

2021 has been an interesting year with respect to municipal liability and the law of negligence. In October, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Nelson (City) v. Marchi, 2021 SCC 41, while in June the Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision in Charlesfort Developments Limited v. Ottawa (City), 2021 ONCA 410.

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