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Legislative Update

Bill 20, the Respect for Municipalities Act (City of Toronto), 2013, received its second reading on March 7, 2013.  By amending various legislation, the Bill proposes to free Toronto from the oversight of the Ontario Municipal Board (“OMB”). Among the noteworthy amendments are changes to the Development Charges Act, 1997 which eliminates rights of appeal to the OMB relating to development charge by-laws, development charges and front-ending agreements with respect to the City of Toronto, as well as amendments to the Planning Act to repeal the right to appeal to the OMB with respect to the City of Toronto relating to (among other things) official plans amendments, zoning by-law matters, committee of adjustment matters and plan of sub-division matters.  The Bill proposes to create a local appeals board for Toronto with the intention of resolving all planning disputes.