UPDATE: Suspension of Planning Act Timelines to be Lifted June 22, 2020
On June 15, 2020, the Province amended O.Reg. 149/20, which provides for the suspension of various Planning Act timelines for the duration of the Declaration of Emergency, via amending O.Reg. 278/20. This amendment will come into force on June 22, 2020, and serves to terminate the suspension of timelines in O.Reg. 149/20 effective on that date. Any timelines that did not end prior to March 17 are only suspended until June 22, 2020; in other words, the clock stopped running on March 17, 2020 and will resume on June 22, 2020, resulting in a ‘pause’ of 97 days.
Decision notices for most Planning Act instruments, including Official Plans and Official Plan Amendments, Zoning By-laws and Zoning By-law Amendments, Plans of Subdivision, Consents, and Community Planning Permits, given on or after February 26, 2020 and before April 15, 2020 are deemed not to have been completed. Any such decision notices and decision notices not yet sent out for decisions made on or after March 2, 2020 and before April 15, 2020 must be given no later than 15 days after June 22, 2020.
Decision notices with respect to Minor Variance applications that were made on or after February 26, 2020 and before April 15, 2020 must be given no later than ten days after June 22, 2020 irrespective of whether notice has already been effected. The 20-day appeal period in s. 45(12) of the Planning Act is expanded to be 20 days after receiving (or re-receiving) the notice.
Interim Control By-laws (“ICBLs”)
The expiry date of ICBL’s that were in effect on March 17, 2020 and had not been repealed prior to April 15, 2020 has been extended by the number of days between March 17, 2020 and June 22, 2020, or 97 days. Similarly, if an ICBL was in effect on March 17, 2020 and does not expire before June 22, 2020, the by-law is deemed to remain in effect after the day it would otherwise expire for a period of 97 days.