Jane Pepino joins us to talk about the reform of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) and the creation of the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT). Jane is a municipal and land use planning lawyer with Aird & Berlis LLP with a career spanning 40 years. Her clients range from provincial governments, to large developers, to small landowners.
Jane speaks about how Bill 139 has dramatically changed the development process. As someone who was been following the evolution of these changes for over a decade, Jane is able to give us insight to how the policymakers got to this point. She shares why the new LPAT has been established, how it is different from the OMB, and what she believes we can expect to see from this transition.
Topics covered include:
- The demise of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).
- Political involvement regarding planning at a municipal level.
- The introduction of Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT).
- What Jane’s clients are saying about the recent changes.
- The history of events that led to these changes.
- The effect on real estate value.
- The timing for development and the new process at the municipality.
- Some positive aspects of LPAT and how it can succeed.
- The Mike Harris Red Tape Commission.
- The new Doug Ford government.
Jane is the founder of the firm’s Municipal and Land Use Planning group. Her practice includes providing advice on all aspects of the statutory scheme for planning, zoning and land development throughout Ontario, as well as on a broad range of municipal and provincial licensing and other regulatory matters. She advises governments, landowners and lenders on maximizing the value and utility of land in light of rapidly changing economic and political agendas. Jane’s clients include provincial, regional and local governments or agencies, large development corporations, small landowners, and citizen and special interest groups.
She regularly appears before various decision-making bodies controlling land development, including local planning committees and councils, conservation authorities, the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (formerly the Ontario Municipal Board) and the courts.
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