Divisional Court Upholds OMB Decisions in Oakville Glen Abbey Development Rulings

The Ontario Divisional Court delivered a rare ruling reviewing an Ontario Municipal Board decision on what constitutes a complete planning application.

This ruling is instructive to those considering appealing the Hamilton Ward Boundaries decision, I wrote in December about the tests of judicial review (Dunsmuir Test), and deference to specialized tribunals and bodies.

Why I Expect OMB Decision on Hamilton’s Ward Boundaries Will be a Landmark Province-Wide Precedent

During the past 20 years, the OMB has wrestled with municipal representation since the mega-amalgamations of the late stages of Premier Mike Harris’ government. With Hamilton’s Ward Boundary OMB hearing, ELTO Executive Chair Dr. Krushelnicki looks poised to set a framework to clarify how to balance numerous criteria and interests in creating municipal wards.