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[7 May 2018 | Comments Off on Hearing Wraps on Professional Planner’s Independence | ]

On March 16, 2018, the conflict of interest case against urban planner Mr. Victor Doyle, RPP MCIP, concluded before the Public Service Grievance Board.
Mr. Doyle testified that the “case is about the right of professional planners in the Ontario Public Service to provide independent, expert analysis and advice to decision makers, elected representatives, and the public – without such opinion being manipulated, altered, suppressed or otherwise interfered with by non-professional superiors.”
In June 2017 Mr. Doyle was found in conflict of interest by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs for publishing a …

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[19 Jan 2017 | Comments Off on David Donnelly on Greenbelting Halifax | ]

David was recently invited to Halifax to speak about greenbelting Halifax.
Condemning mushrooming suburban growth as a “great failed experiment,” Toronto-based attorney David Donnelly is joining forces with the Our HRM Alliance to push for a full-on greenbelt around Halifax.
Our HRM Alliance says that a greenbelt would both preserve local ecosystems and redirect growth to downtown cores, suburban main streets and rural areas across Halifax Regional Municipality.
“The planner in me says: get the true cost-accounting of urban sprawl and then your decision is easy. Let people live downtown and …

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[25 May 2016 | Comments Off on Lengthy opening day at Burl’s Creek OMB climaxes with tense cross examination | ]

On Tuesday May 24, 2016 the Ontario Municipal Board (“OMB”) hearing on the temporary use by-law application for Burl’s Creek Event Grounds begun.
The hearing began with Burl’s Creek calling Mr. Henry Regelink, an Oro-Medonte farmer, Sgt. Guiseppe Pileggi, an OPP Officer summonsed by Burl’s Creek, a brief introduction by Mr. Darren Vella, a land-use planner for Burl’s Creek, and Mr. Peter Thoma, a land economist and market expert.
Most notably, Mr. Thoma had told the board it was not reasonable to put the Wayhome and Boots & Hearts festivals anywhere else …

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[2 May 2016 | Comments Off on The Fight to Protect Agricultural Land in Oro-Medonte Continues | ]

On April 29, 2016, Donnelly Law represented WORA and SaveOro at the third prehearing conference for the Burl’s Creek Event Grounds Inc. et al. temporary use by-law application.  Donnelly Law brought a motion requesting a prohibition order, amendments to the procedural order on the basis of procedural fairness, and the recusal of the Board Member.  The Orillia Packet & Times reported on the prehearing.
Read the news coverage here.

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[9 Jul 2014 | Comments Off on Halton Region Passes Unanimous Resolution to Legislate Against SLAPP Suits | ]

In a unanimous 20-0 vote, Halton Region Councillors voted to send a message to Premier Kathleen Wynne, asking that she re-introduce Bill 83, An Act to Amend the Courts of Justice Act and the Statutory Powers Procedure Act in order to protect expression on matters of public interest. The Resolution reads in part:
“THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Council of the Regional Municipality of Halton advise the newly elected Premier of the Province of Ontario, the Honourable Kathleen Wynne, and its local members of Provincial Legislative Assembly of its support …

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[30 Aug 2013 | Comments Off on King Council Opposes Bid for Rural Banquet Hall | ]

By Angela Gismondi
The King Weekly Sentinel
August 27, 2013
An outdoor banquet facility and children’s camp do not belong on environmentally protected lands. That was the decision King council reached at a council meeting Monday. In a recorded vote, councillors voted unanimously to oppose the development, proposed to be located on the Oak Ridges Moraine in King.
The official plan amendment and zoning bylaw amendment applications were submitted by the applicant, Peter Eliopoulos. The applicant was looking to house an outdoor banquet facility and children’s camp on a 49-hectare (121-acre) parcel of land …

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[27 Apr 2013 | Comments Off on Seaton Development: Traffic and Fiscal Concerns Continue | ]

Donnelly Law represents the Whitevale and District Residents’ Association (“WDRA”) at the Ontario Municipal Board hearing set to resume May 27 regarding the Seaton Development.   At this third phase of the hearing, WDRA’s concerns involve transportation issues for Pickering as a whole,  fiscal impacts of the development on Pickering and heritage issues in the plans of subdivision.  You can read more about WDRA’s concerns and the status of this development here, in the April 24, 2013 edition of the Durham Region news:

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[21 Mar 2013 | Comments Off on Mount Nemo Victory Featured in Niagara Escarpment Views Magazine | ]

Mount Nemo Victory Featured in Niagara Escarpment Views Magazine

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[31 Jan 2011 | Comments Off on Proposed Amendment 1 2010 to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe | ]

Environmental Defence submits its comments on Province’s proposal for Simcoe County growth
On January 31, 2011, Environmental Defence submitted its comments through the EBR on the Ministry of Infrastruture’s Proposed Amendment 1 to the Growth Plan, which is intended to curb sprawl in Simcoe County. The following is the Executive Summary; a link to the full submission is found below.

“We strongly oppose the most recently proposed Simcoe County Growth Plan population allocations and employment zones, as they represent an unjustified comprise that directs growth almost everywhere.

The proposed growth in Simcoe County sets the …