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Toronto Local Appeal Body

The Toronto Local Appeal Body (TLAB) is an independent quasi-judicial tribunal that hears appeals of Committee of Adjustment decisions for minor zoning variances and land severances (consents).

The TLAB is a local board of the City established under the Planning Act and the City of Toronto Act, 2006. The TLAB assumes all the powers and authority of the Ontario Municipal Board for hearing appeals to Committee of Adjustments decisions for minor variance and consent applications. TLAB hearings will be conducted in accordance with the Statutory Powers Procedure Act.

Board responsibilities

TLAB members are responsible to:

  • Review materials filed with each application they hear;
  • Conduct site inspections of the subject property to assess the impacts the proposal may have on the surrounding area;
  • Conduct mediations;
  • Preside over hearings and render a written decision based on the evidence presented; and
  • Attend business meetings of the TLAB.

In addition to the member responsibilities, the Chair of the Toronto Local Appeal Body is responsible to:

  • Ensure that hearing practices of the TLAB are fair and effective;
  • Ensure quality and consistency of TLAB decisions;
  • Act as the lead representative and spokesperson for the TLAB;
  • Obtain external legal advice as needed;
  • Prepare the Annual Report to City Council on the TLAB activities;
  • Chair the Business Meetings of the TLAB;
  • Liaise with City staff on administrative support matters;
  • Coordinate member training and professional development; and
  • Lead the response to information and privacy related matters respecting the TLAB.

Appointed members must attend an intensive orientation and training program which may require up to 10 days of time to complete.

Term of office

The term of office for public members of the board is four years.

Composition

The TLAB consists of seven members, including a Chair. Each hearing is conducted by one member.

Qualifications

In addition to the general eligibility requirements set out in the Public Appointments Policy, members should collectively bring the following skills and expertise to the committee:

  • Experience in adjudication and mediation;
  • Knowledge and experience with land use planning and planning law;
  • Excellent listening skills and ability to analyze complex evidence;
  • Sound judgement, tact, fairness and decorum;
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely;
  • Demonstrated high ethical standards and integrity;
  • Ability to work under pressure to ensure timely hearing decisions; and
  • Respect for access to justice, diversity and accommodation.

In addition to member qualifications, the Chair shall also exhibit:

  • Demonstrated leadership and administrative skills;
  • Highly developed chairing and facilitation skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with others;
  • Knowledge of access to information and privacy legislation; and
  • The ability to effectively represent the TLAB and communicate with City Council, City committees, the media and the general public.
  • Applicants who are being considered for nomination will be required to successfully complete a pre-assessment test to proceed to the interview stage.

Eligibility

Members of the public must satisfy the following additional eligibility requirements:

  • Cannot be a member of Toronto's Committee of Adjustment, a land division committee, or planning advisory committee member;
  • Former Members of Council who served in the immediately preceding term of Council are ineligible for appointment; and
  • Members cannot act as agents for applicants before the Committee of Adjustment, Toronto Local Appeal Body and other City administrative tribunals and would be required to resign from the TLAB before doing so.

Meetings

Hearings and business meetings take place during the day. Members will sit on approximately 1-2 public hearings per week, depending on application volume. Hearings may be scheduled more often when volumes are high. Members will also need additional time to read reports and prepare for meetings, such as by conducting site visits as necessary.

Remuneration

Members receive:
  • $500 per diem for full day hearing or mediation
  • $250 for a day hearing or mediation
  • $200 for a written decision
  • $200 for attendance at a business meeting

In addition to receiving the remuneration for a member, the Chair shall receive $60,000 annually.

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City Council appointed one new member to the TLAB at its meeting held November 7-9, 2017. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for future vacancies on the Toronto Local Appeal Body.