If Ontarians have issues with a builder or developer that remained unsettled even after efforts to resolve them, they can turn to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) to plead their case. This tribunal handles concerns over numerous land use matters, heritage conservation and municipal governance. Among the many issues LPAT deals with are development charges, subdivision plans, minor variances, official plans and how tall developers can make condo towers. It is part of the Environment and Land Division of Tribunals Ontario, which was established on January 1, 2019 and reports to the Ministry of the Attorney General.
By adjudicating disputes regarding municipal council decisions (relating to Ontario’s Planning Act), LPAT is an example of the ongoing work the government and new home industry do to keep things vibrant and fair. Anyone preparing a submission can turn to the LPAT Citizen Liaison for explanations and guidance. The Ontario Government’s website https://elto.gov.on.ca/tribunals/lpat/about-lpat/ contains extensive information on the process.
Overall, our new home and condominium industry works remarkably well, but it is important to have the ability to question practices. LPAT is yet another organization that protects home buyers and other stakeholders in Ontario.