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Getting Involved in Planning in Your Community
How do I form or join a neighbourhood association? (Also called a residents’ association, community association or ratepayers’ association)
Forming or starting a neighbourhood association is a good way to help each other stay informed and participate in the land use planning process. It can also make it easier to fundraise to support an appeal, if you make one.
Start by checking if your neighbourhood already has an association. Ask your neighbours, do a web search and call your municipality – a lot of them keep a list of associations.
If there isn’t an association you want to join, you can start your own. There are some guides on the web that give advice on how to start one.
Here are two of them:
Land use planning
Where can I find out more about land use planning in my community?
For more information about land use planning in your community contact your municipal clerk or planning department.
The Local Planning Appeal Support Centre
What’s the difference between the Local Planning Appeal Support Centre and the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal?
The Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) is an adjudicative tribunal that conducts hearings and mediations and makes decisions on land-use planning disputes. For example, appeals to LPAT could involve official plans, zoning bylaws, plans of subdivision or minor variances.
The Local Planning Appeal Support Centre provides people in Ontario with information on land use planning, offers legal and planning advice, and, in certain cases, provides legal representation at the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal.
Is there a fee to request support from the centre?
There is no cost to apply for advice and representation from the centre. The centre does not pay tribunal application fees.
How do I request support from the centre?
If you need information or advice about a development application, you are considering appealing to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, or you are involved in an active appeal, contact us.
I live outside of the GTA. Can I qualify for advice and representation?
The Local Planning Appeal Support Centre services are available to people province-wide.
Will you be providing support and advice for cases already in the system?
The Local Planning Appeal Support Centre will support appeals filed on or after April 3, 2018, the date the centre opened.
Why was the Local Planning Appeal Support Centre created?
The Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017 created the Local Planning Appeal Support Centre to provide people across the province with information about the land use planning appeal process, legal and planning advice, and, in some cases, legal representation. The legislation passed on December 12, 2017 and became law on April 3, 2018.
Does the centre support Toronto Local Appeal Body (TLAB) appeals?
The support centre can provide general planning information and advice to anyone in Ontario but does not provide support for TLAB appeals.