Land Use Review Boards

There are many review Boards affecting the use of lands in Ontario including the newly formed Local Planning Appeal Tribunal that has taken over from the Ontario Municipal Board. Court Agents also conduct proceedings before the other Environmental and Land Tribunals of Ontario which include:

  • Assessment Review Board (ARB) which hears appeals on tax assessments.
  • Board of Negotiation (BON) deals with disagreements with payments made in expropriations by the province.
  • Conservation Review Board (CRB) handles disputes regarding heritage designations under the Ontario Heritage Act. including a proposed designation of a property as having cultural heritage value or interest; applications for the repeal of a by-law on a specific property; applications related to the alteration of a property covered by a by-law; and, matters related to archaeological licensing. The CRB, through the prehearing process and mediation efforts, will attempt to settle the dispute where appropriate.
  • Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) holds public hearings on appeals arising from, decisions regarding the issuance, alteration, revocation, cancellation or closure of an order, approval, licence, permit, registration or account under the Clean Water Act, 2006, the Climate Change Mitigation and Low-carbon Economy Act, 2016, the Environmental Protection Act, the Nutrient Management Act, 2002, the Ontario Water Resources Act, the Pesticides Act, the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016, the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002, the Toxics Reduction Act, 2009, and the Waste Diversion Transition Act, 2016.
  • Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) is a tribunal that hears cases in relation to a range of municipal planning, financial and land matters. These include matters such as official plans, zoning by-laws, subdivision plans, consents and minor variances, land compensations, development charges, electoral ward boundaries, municipal finances, aggregate resources and other issues assigned by numerous Ontario statutes.
  • Mining and Lands Tribunal (MLT) is an independent tribunal responsible for hearing and deciding matters under legislation administered by the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines (MNDM) and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF). These matters can include the resolution of mining and lands disputes and appeals of decisions made by conservation authorities, which involve property owners who want to develop lands in floodplains and wetlands.

Court Agents have experience and can provide excellent advocacy representation before all these tribunals.