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Appealing zoning and other decisions by the municipal planning department to the Ontario Municipal Board is going to cost property owners and developers more following a cost-recovery strategy approved by city council Monday, canada goose trillium ladies store .
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The issue was subject of discussion at a city property and planning committee meeting on March 13.
City Planning administrator Tara Rickaby estimated historically the city averages about two appeals for OMB hearings every two years. She noted the appeal process can be costly involving significant staff time and legal services and it's appropriate the costs involved should be born by the applicant rather than taxpayers who are not going to benefit from the decision.
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"Taxpayers on the street can't afford the option of appealing an action that may impact the quality of life. " she said, canada goose parka outlet baby snowsuit cheap .
The view was countered by Coun. Ron Lunny who suggested the requirement will discourage people from launching frivolous appeals.
"The intent is to prevent frivolous appeals and have the city on the hook for costs. " he said.
Mayor Dave Canfield agreed. referring to past experience regarding frivolous appeals of municipal planning decisions over the years.
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In a related matter canada goose freestyle vest 2015 . council also approved amendments to the rate structure of fees and charges for planning department services. including setting the cost of processing appeals to the Ontario Municipal Board at $150.
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