URGENT Lépine Update:

The Ontario Government’s Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) has set a date for the first hearing in the Lépine development appeal for 3484 and 3490 Innes Road. The hearing has been set for February 25, 2020 at 10:00am at City Hall (110 Laurier Ave W.) in the Keefer Room.

This first hearing is required for appeals of major planning matters, which this falls under, and is known as a Case Management Conference. At the Case Management Conference, parties (e.g. appellant, municipality, and/or approval authority) and other interested persons are brought together to identify if additional parties should be added to the proceeding, confirm and narrow the issues in dispute, explore opportunities for mediation and settlement and deal with any other matter so that the hearing is held in a fair, cost-effective, and expeditious manner.

As a next step on our end, we have 30 days PRIOR to the Feb 25, 2020 meeting to file a written submission to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. This is required, regardless of whether anyone seeks full party status (that means that they wish to fully participate in the appeal) or participant status (that means that they wish to make their perspectives known to the LPAT on some, or all of the issues).

With this is mind, as your Councillor, I will be making a formal written submission and seeking full party status, to ensure that the community’s concerns are represented and heard at the provincial tribunal.

Many residents and associations have also reached out to my office, looking for information on how they may also be a party, and speak out at the tribunal. In order to coordinate our efforts, I am asking that all those interested reach out to my office ASAP, so that we can ensure the community’s views and opinions are heard loud and clear.

The provincial legislation does not allow LPAT to extend that 30-day time period. LPAT will determine the terms upon which a person/group may participate in the proceedings, so it is of the utmost importance that we as a community move as efficiently and strategically as possible.

If you have any questions, please reach out to my office at Laura.Dudas@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2472.