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Ontario Land Tribunal - Appeal To Yonge Street North Secondary Plan

The Yonge Street North Secondary Plan is being appealed. The plan establishes a framework for the development of a complete community around the future subway station at Steeles Avenue and provides a framework for differing levels of intensification surrounding Cummer and Drewry Avenues. The parties that are appealing the plan have disagreements about what is considered “appropriate intensification” for these areas.

It's important that we understand what the plan is about, what is happening, why it's being appealed and what residents can do to ensure our community's best interest is considered in the process.

Information about the Yonge Street North Secondary Plan: https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/planning-development/planning-studies-initiatives/yonge-street-north-planning-study/



Join us for a webinar on Thursday, January 12 at 7:30pm to learn about the plan, why it is being appealed and how we can respond. Click Here to Register.

Here is more information about the appeal and process:


What is a Case Management Conference (CMC)? A case management conference is a preliminary meeting that is held prior to the OLT hearing to determine key items like who will participate in the hearing, what are the issues that will be discussed at the hearing, identifying issues raised by the appeal, outlining how the matter will proceed before the Tribunal, and setting the date for the hearing.

Why is there an appeal and who is appealing?

A group of developers are appealing the Yonge Street North Secondary Plan.

The plan establishes a framework for the development of a complete community around the future subway station at Steeles Avenue and provides a framework for differing levels of intensification surrounding Cummer and Drewry Avenues. The parties that are appealing the plan have disagreements about what is considered “appropriate intensification” for these areas.

How can residents participate in the hearing?

Residents are able to attend the case management conference to observe without actively participating in the hearing or residents can request Party or Participant status. To participate as either a Party or a Participant then residents are required to file a request form to the Tribunal: OLT | Participant Status Request (gov.on.ca) or OLT | Party Status Request Form (gov.on.ca)

Parties play a more active role in Tribunal proceedings than Participants. Here is the Tribunal explaining the roles and obligations of each: https://olt.gov.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/OLT-Rules-of-Practice-and-Procedure-Nov-2021.html#rule8.

Typically, residents register as Participants because in this role they are allowed to provide a written statement for the Tribunal's consideration to say their piece without being required to present evidence or cross-examine expert witnesses.

Who is the case coordinator for this appeal at the OLT?

Tamara Zwarycz

Case Coordinator, Planner

Ontario Land Tribunal

655 Bay St, Suite 1500, Toronto, ON M5G 1E5

(437) 219-5427 | tamara.zwarycz@ontario.ca

The case coordinator is the staff member at the Tribunal who is managing this Case Management Conference. If you have questions about the process, participation, or written statements, then reaching out to the case coordinator can be useful.

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