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[3 Mar 2014 | No Comment | ]

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 …

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[28 Feb 2014 | No Comment | ]

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 …

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[28 Feb 2014 | No Comment | ]

Environmental Defence’s Annual Gala was a smashing success, raising money and awareness for Environmental Defence’s great work on curbing urban sprawl to getting toxins out of our environment. This year’s Gala marked David’s 25th anniversary of working for Environmental Defence, first as Executive Director, and now as legal counsel for over ten years.
 
Check out photo #10 on the Toronto Star’s City Nights website to see David celebrating with Mr. Robert Davies (President and Chair, Environmental Defence’s Board of Directors) and Ms Stephanie Kohls (Director of Communications, Environmental Defence).  To learn more …

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[11 Feb 2014 | No Comment | ]

Environmentalists cheer Oak Ridges Moraine decision
Rachel Mendelson
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.

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[28 Jan 2014 | No Comment | ]

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 …

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[17 Dec 2013 | No Comment | ]

On Friday, December 13, 2013, David Donnelly was interviewed by CBC Thunder Bay.  Residents and property owners outside Thunder Bay are asking Taranis Construction to reduce its operating hours and noise at a new gravel pit.
 
“In the north it seems to be open season on putting these pits in where in many cases either don’t belong, or the operators should be more responsive to local concerns,?” said David Donnelly, legal counsel for the Toronto-based Environmental Defence group.
 
Click here to listen to David’s interview with CBC Thunder Bay on action residents could take, …

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[10 Nov 2013 | No Comment | ]

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. …

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[25 Oct 2013 | No Comment | ]

‘Social impacts’ must be considered when quarry application filed
Bill Jackson
Cambridge Times
October 24, 2013
North Dumfries council should do more to protect residents from the adverse effects of quarrying.  That was the main message from environmental lawyer David Donnelly at a public presentation Tuesday on behalf of the Concerned Residents of North Dumfries (CRAND).
The group was started by eight residents who filed an appeal with the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) in October, 2012, following council’s approval of an application by Preston Sand and Gravel for the Henning Pit, situated at the corner …

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[27 Aug 2013 | No Comment | ]

King residents oppose banquet facility on Oak Ridges Moraine
Rachel Mendelson
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.

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[22 Aug 2013 | No Comment | ]

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.