Articles in the Land Use Planning Law Category
On February 24, 2014, the Ontario Government released the Provincial Policy Statement, 2014 (“PPS 2014”), not previously updated since 2005. The PPS 2014 is Ontario’s foundational land use planning policy: all decisions affecting land use planning decisions in Ontario “shall be consistent” with the PPS.
Now, for the first time, the PPS includes references to Aboriginal people. This is a watershed inclusion that removes persistent flouting of the constitutional duty to consult with Aboriginal communities in the Planning Act. Donnelly Law had litigated and advocated on behalf of its former …
On January 27, 2014, the Ontario Municipal Board (“OMB”) denied a planning application submitted by Mr. Peter Eliopoulos to allow a massive outdoor wedding/banquet facility in King Township in the Countryside Area of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan (the “ORMCP”). The decision was featured in the Toronto Star, with David Donnelly saying:
“Putting large-scale, car-dependent commercial activities in some of the most beautiful and natural country in southern Ontario would have been a big mistake,” said lawyer David Donnelly, who represented local residents at the OMB hearing. “If you believe …
Environmentalists cheer Oak Ridges Moraine decision
The Toronto Star
February 11, 2014
“Putting large-scale, car-dependent commercial activities in some of the most beautiful and natural country in southern Ontario would have been a big mistake,” said lawyer David Donnelly, who represented local residents at the OMB hearing. “If you believe that King Township is horse country and not paintball country, then this is a big decision for the Oak Ridges Moraine.”
Read the Toronto Star article on this victory achieved by Donnelly Law’s client the Stewards of the Moraine Inc., here.
On January 27, 2014, the Ontario Municipal Board (the “OMB”) issued its most recent decision involving lands in the protected Oak Ridges Moraine Plan Area in King Township (Case Number PL130137). The hearing involved an Official Plan Amendment and zoning by-law application to rezone land in the Oak Ridges Moraine Countryside Area , to permit an outdoor banqueting facility, a children’s camp and related accessory uses. Donnelly Law represented the Stewards of the Moraine Inc. (the “Stewards”), a party opposed to this application.
The OMB decision considers whether the proposal to use …
Donnelly Law’s next hearing is set to begin November 25, 2013 in King Township. Here is a bit of background, published in Environmental Defence’s Greenbelt Watch newsletter.
The Ontario Municipal Board is set to hear an important case regarding whether to allow future development on the Oak Ridges Moraine, beginning November 23, 2013. The hearing will take place in King Township, the site of a proposed 600-person outdoor banquet/event facility, bed and breakfast, and children’s camp for 200 campers. The proposal was unanimously rejected by King Township Council in August 2013. …
King residents oppose banquet facility on Oak Ridges Moraine
The Toronto Star
August 25, 2013
“A controversial proposal to build a banquet facility on prime agricultural land on the Oak Ridges Moraine could test the limits of the protections in place for southern Ontario’s so-called “rain barrel.””
Read the Toronto Star article on this proposal, opposed by Donnelly Law’s client the Stewards of the Moraine Inc., here.
Stewards pleased Township on their side
Mark Pavilons for the King Weekly Sentinel
August 20, 2013
The Stewards of the Moraine Inc. are pleased with recommendations by King Township staff to refuse a bid for a rural banquet facility in the Oak Ridges Moraine Plan Area. Click here to read more about the Stewards of the Moraine’s reaction to the Township Planning Report in the latest edition of the King Weekly Sentinel.
By: Simon Martin
News Reporter, King Connection
Published on Friday August 09 2013
Donnelly Law clients vow to fight banquet hall proposed for lands on the Oak Ridges Moraine.
Read the full article here: http://www.yorkregion.com/news-story/4040057-king-township-group-fights-proposed-banquet-hall/
By Matthew Strader
News Reporter, Caledon Enterprise
Published on Monday August 5, 2013
Another group of local residents is looking to take legal action after a Minister’s Zoning Order was given to allow construction for a 180-acre Canadian Tire distribution warehouse in Bolton.
MPP for Brampton Springdale Linda Jeffrey granted a Minister’s Zoning Order (MZO) on July 18 for the development as requested by Caledon’s council after they approved the application earlier in the month.
On July 24, David Donnelly, of Donnelly Law Barrister and Solicitor, submitted a letter to Minister Jeffrey advising her that he …
By: Rachel Mendleson News reporter, Published on Wed May 01 2013
Environmentalists are anxiously awaiting a potentially precedent-setting verdict in a fierce conflict over a proposed quarry on protected Niagara Escarpment lands south of Collingwood, not far from the picturesque Blue Mountains.
The case, which began with Walker Industries’ initial application nearly a decade ago, is now before a judicial review, with a decision expected in the coming months. If approved, some warn it will tip the balance toward those who wish to exploit the riches of the escarpment — and undermine the protections put …