The Province of Ontario has announced plans to consult on possible changes to the OMB to improve efficiency and accessibility. A public town hall meeting will be held on November 9th at St. Anthony’s Banquet Hall (523 St. Anthony St.) to outline the OMB’s current role in the land-use planning process, to seek residents’ perspectives and to review the changes the government is considering. You are encouraged to RSVP online by emailing OMBReview@ontario.ca or by calling 1-855-776-8011. Registration and an open house will take place from 5 pm to 6 pm. The town hall will begin at 6 pm and end at 9:30 pm.
Early feedback was requested for the following:
- Jurisdiction and powers: this could include what matters can be appealed and who may appeal them, the use of local appeal bodies and how much deference should be given to municipal decisions.
- Meaningful citizen participation and local perspective: this could include who has access to hearings, how to ensure the ability of the public to participate, how to ensure that the process is affordable, unrepresented parties and the role of the citizen liaison office.
- Clear/predictable decision-making: this could include how to ensure fairness, adjudicator education and training and standardized decision format(s).
- Hearing procedures and practices: this could include the formality of hearings, how expert evidence is heard and what evidence should be allowed at hearings.
- Alternative dispute resolution: this could include the use of mediation or other alternatives to traditional hearings or adversarial procedures as part of the appeal system.
- Timely processes and decision-making: this could include the timelines for scheduling hearings and the issuing of decisions.