On March 29, 2017, City Council passed Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 142 creating the Toronto Local Appeal Body (TLAB) with an effective date of May 3, 2017. If you are appealing a Consent and/or Minor Variance application your appeal will no longer be adjudicated at the Ontario Municipal Board/now called the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT). Toronto has set up its own appeal body. North York Appeals are heard at the North District Library on Orchardview.
What does this mean?
Starting May 3, 2017, appeals for Minor Variances and Consents from the Committee of Adjustment go to the Toronto Local Appeal Body (TLAB) instead of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) /Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT)/now called the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT). Procedure By-law 1-2017 governs the meetings of the TLAB.
There are many legislative documents (Bills, Acts, Plans and Reports) at both the Provincial and the City of Toronto levels that define the powers, processes, and guiding legislation for dealing with land use matters. Review the List of Public Documents for a complete list of Provincial and City of Toronto Public Documents as well as Governing Legislation.
Where can I learn more about where and how to file my appeal?
Information is available on the TLAB Website,
If you are planning to appeal a decision from the Committee of Adjustment, or are looking for a general overview of the TLAB, the Public Guide is a good place to start.
TLAB is committed to a paperless process and Rules have been prepared to give effect to this commitment to the greatest extent possible. You should read the Rules of Practice and Procedure to understand the process, timing, rules, requirements and forms.
To obtain information on the Schedule and to review documents filed for an Appeal, go to Schedule & Decisions.
Once an Appeal has been scheduled, a Notice of Hearing will be published. It sets that the date, time, location, length of hearing. It also defines specific dates within a 45 day period from the Notice Date for the submission of various, required Forms.
To obtain the required Forms, review the Forms page.
SAHRA TLAB Appeals
SAHRA has been involved either as a initiating or responding Party or Participant for the following appeals:
- Avenue Road (#1940-1942)
- Elm Road (#403)
- Esgore Drive (#103)
- Felbrigg Avenue (#79)
- Haddington Avenue (#8)
- Jainey Place (#3)
- Ridley (#113)
- Ridley Avenue (#159)
- Yonge Blvd (#274)
FoNTRA submission for review of TLAB
SAHRA is one of 34 residents’ association in North Toronto who are members of FoNTRA (Federation of North Toronto Residents’ Associations). FoNTRA deals our concerns relating to the operation of the Toronto Local Appeal Body, which replaced the OMB. TLAB recently submitted their Annual Report for 2019 to City Council. In response, FoNTRA submitted the attached expressing our concerns on (1) the time to deal with appeals has greatly increased and this means increased workload for all involved (2) the rules and procedures are increasingly complex which result in increased workload for adjudicators and staff and (3) wide disparity in decision outcomes compared with CofA decisions.