Preparing for an OMB Appeal

While reforms to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) are on the horizon, for the time being, the OMB remains the independent adjudicative tribunal that conducts hearings and makes decisions on matters that arise under the Planning Act and a host of other statutes affecting municipalities. Becoming involved in matters before the OMB can be a daunting experience for those who are unfamiliar with it and its procedures. This program attempts to demystify the OMB by giving participants practical advice on how to navigate an appeal with a focus on how to be an effective witness at an OMB hearing.

What You Will Learn:
  • Who and what is the OMB, including its mandate and powers
  • What matters can be appealed to the Board
  • The lifecycle of an appeal: from filing an appeal to receiving a final decision
  • How to engage in OMB led mediation
  • What are the duties of the parties
  • How can members of the public participate in the OMB process
  • How to prepare for an OMB hearing
  • How to be an effective witness including how to write a witness statement, howto give evidence and then defend it in cross examination
  • What is the process of appealing an OMB decision


Why Attend:

The workshop will be facilitated by a land use planner, lawyer and economist who have years of experience before the Board in both land use planning and municipal finance matters. Participants will gain an understanding of the OMB and the scope of its jurisdiction. Participants will learn how to navigate the OMB appeal process leaving them better prepared for any future appeal. Instructors will share tips and strategies for how to prepare for an OMB hearing. Participants will be given advice on how to be an effective witness at an OMB hearing.

Who Should Attend:

  • CAOs
  • Planning Staff
  • Finance Staff
  • Engineering Staff

About the Instructors:

Gary Scandlan - Is the Director and Managing Partner with Watson & Associates. His career spand more than 33 years, working in a management capacity for two Ontario Regional municipalities; and more recently with Watson & Associates. Gary's primary area of focus is the municipal financal sector. His previous employment with the Region of Hamilton-Wentworth and the Region of Halton, enabled Gary to gain extensive expertise in the highly-specialized field of finanicial policy analysis. Today, this expertise has proven to be invaluable to the firm's municipal clients in addressing challenging the financial environment. Since joining the firm, Gary has worked with over 125 municipalities assisting them in long range capital planning, development charges, developer agreeement negotiations, water and wastewater rate studies, growth management strategies, and economic/financial feasibility studies.

Jody Johnson - Jody practices in the areas of municipal law and land use planning and provides advice and representation to municipalities as well as to ratepayers and property owners. She appears regularly before municipal authorities and administrative tribunals, including the Ontario Municipal Board and before all levels of the Ontario Courts. Much of Jody's practice is comprised of work in the areas of municipal governance, municipal finance, property tax matters, expropriations and municipal election law. Jody's municipal finance experience includes matters relative to development charges, municipal capital facilities, budgeting, and capital/infrastructure project management. Prior to joining the firm, Jody was a municipality's Chief Administrative Officer and a Municipal Clerk where she oversaw a municipal restructuring. As well, she spent several years as a Municipal Adviser with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH). After her law school graduation, Jody articled at the City of Windsor, where she assisted with by-law drafting, governance matters, prosecution of municipal by-law offences, planning, real estate and development matters involving the City.

Tom Halinski is a Partner with Aird & Berlis LLP in Toronto, and the practice group leader of the firm’s Municipal & Land Use Planning Group. Tom’s practice is devoted to administrative law, where he represents public and private sector clients in the areas of land use planning and development law, municipal law, and property tax assessment.Tom frequently appears before various administrative tribunals, including the Ontario Municipal Board and the Assessment Review Board. He has broad experience in both advising and representing municipalities as well as advocating for clients before municipal councils, committees of adjustment and conservation authority boards. Tom also appears regularly before the courts in appellate matters and on applications.Tom received his BA from McGill University and his LL.B from Osgoode Hall Law School.

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